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 university and through cooperation with non-university research institutions. The first funding period started on 1 January 2019 and will end on 31 December 2020.

The SFB1258 is organised in 20 projects led by 22 principal investigators and currently employs 13 postdocs and 22 doctoral students.


Principal Investigators

Technical University of Munich (TUM)

  • Prof. Dr. Martin Beneke
  • Prof. Dr. Shawn Bishop
  • Prof. Dr. Laura Fabbietti
  • Prof. Dr. Björn Garbrecht
  • Dr. Matthias Garny
  • Prof. Dr. Alejandro Ibarra
  • Prof. Dr. Susanne Mertens (MaxPlanck@TUM)
  • 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
  • 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

Guest Professor

Former PIs

Coordination & Financial Management

  • Samuel Boursaud
  • 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)
  • 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)