Members & Organisation

The SFB1258 is a DFG funded research institution to tackle innovative, challenging, complex and long-term research undertakings in the field of Astro- and Particle Physics through the coordinaton and concentration of individuals and resources within the Technical University of Munich and through cooperation with the Max Planck Institutes for Physics, Extraterrestrial Physics and Astrophysics as well as the Institute for High Energy Physics, Vienna, and the Atominstitut of the Technical University of Vienna. The first funding period started on 1 January 2019 and ended on 30 June 2021. The secound funding period is running until 31 December 2024.

The SFB1258 is organised in 18 projects led by 23 principal investigators and employs about 40 postdocs and doctoral researchers.


Principal Investigators

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Beneke
  • Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop (†)
  • Dr. Philipp Eller
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Fabbietti
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Garbrecht
  • Dr. Matthias Garny
  • Dr. Julia Harz
  • Prof. Dr. Alejandro Ibarra
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens
  • Prof. Dr. Lothar Oberauer
  • Prof. Dr. Elisa Resconi
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Schönert
  • Dr. Raimund Strauss
  • Dr. Patrick Vaudrevange
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Weiler

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

  • Dr. Paolo Padovani

Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA)

  • Prof. Dr. Hans-Thomas Janka

Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (MPE)

  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Jochen Greiner

Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP)

  • Prof. Dr. Allen Caldwell
  • Dr. Uli Haisch
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Béla Majorovits
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens (MaxPlanck@TUM)
  • Dr. Federica Petricca
  • Priv. Doz. Dr. habil. Georg Raffelt

Foreign Principal Investigator

Mercator Fellows

Former PIs

Coordination & Financial Management

  • Petra Riedel

Science Communication

  • Petra Riedel

Former members

  • Angela Possanner (until December 2018)
  • Dr. Juraj Klaric, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland (until May 2019)
  • Dr. Cesar Bonilla Diaz, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile (until July 2019)
  • Dr. Kai Krings (until December 2019)
  • Dr. Andreas Rappelt (until December 2019)
  • Dr. Konrad Altenmüller (until December 2019)
  • Dr. Steffen Maurus (until December 2019)
  • Dr. Joana Wirth (until December 2019)
  • Dr. Foteini Oikonomou, NTNU Trondheim (until April 2020)
  • Dr. Erik Parr (until June 2020)
  • Dr. Damien Bégué, Bar-Ilan University, Israel (until June 2020)
  • Dr. Caspar Hasner (until July 2020)
  • Prof. Dr. Saúl Ramos Sánchez, Guest Professor (1.08.2019 - 31.07.2020), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Dr. Tina Pollmann, University of Amsterdam (until August 2020)
  • Dr. Johannes Herms, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics (until September 2020)
  • Dr. Andreas Mütter (until September 2020)
  • Dr. Ninoy Rahman, GSI Darmstadt (until December 2020)
  • Dr. Anna Pollithy (until Dec 2020)
  • Dr. Andrea Turcati (until February 2021)
  • Samuel Boursaud, University of Freiburg (until March 2021)
  • Dr. Matthias Huber (until April 2021)
  • Dr. Julia Sawatzki (until April 2021)
  • Dr. Birgit Neumair (until May 2021)
  • Dr. Mateusz Duch (until Sep 2021)
  • Dr. Tim Brunst (until Sep 2021)
  • Dr. Luis Manzanillas (until Dec 2021)