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German Research Foundation will fund Collaborative Research Centre on Star Formation for four more years

How do stars form and how did star formation shape the evolution of galaxies? These are the questions that scientists from the Collaborative Research Centre 956 ‘Conditions and Impact of Star Formation – Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Laboratory Research’ are investigating in Cologne and Bonn.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has extended the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 956 ‘Conditions and Impact of Star Formation – Astrophysics, Instrumentation and Laboratory Research’ for the second time for four more years. The total funding sum is 12.48 million euros. In addition to the University of Cologne, the Argelander Institute for Astronomy at the University of Bonn and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn are involved.

‘We are pleased that the very successful and important work in this exciting field of physics will continue to be supported and that we will be able to further investigate the cosmic cycle of matter – of which we human beings are also composed’, says the new CRC spokesperson Professor Stephan Schlemmer from the University of Cologne.
How stars form is an exciting question in astrophysics. And scientists still do not have all the answers. The conditions of star formation and the reaction of the newly formed stars to galaxies – for example the Milky Way – have a major influence on the development of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day. The scientists of CRC 956 in Cologne and Bonn are using a combination of telescope observations, newly developed instruments, theoretical analyses, model calculations and laboratory experiments simulating the conditions in space to explore these questions. They are investigating objects in the Milky Way as well as regions of star formation in distant galaxies.

The German Research Foundation praised the Collaborative Research Centre, which was created in 2011, in its Funding Atlas 2018: ‘At some universities, Collaborative Research Centres have clearly contributed to the enhancement of entire subject areas and research priorities. This applies, for example, to astrophysics at the University of Cologne, where the first CRC with this special focus was launched in 1990. In 1999 and 2009, this was followed almost seamlessly by follow-up projects, which naturally benefited from the results and structures that had been established within the framework of the original network.’

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