Multimessenger Astronomy

Multimessenger astronomy, the exploration of the Universe using a multitude of cosmic messengers, has led to several groundbreaking discoveries during the last few years, many of which built on significant contributions from the partner institutions.

With a new generation of instruments, advanced methods of exploiting their data, as well as extensive theoretical modeling, members of this research school have unique research opportunities in this emerging field.

The partner institutions are involved in several leading observatories, e.g. the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the IceCube neutrino observatory or the Zwicky Transient Facility, to which the students will have access.

The Multimessenger school is carried by a number of institutions whose complementary strengths provide a world-class environment for research and training of graduate students.

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) and the Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS) have been pioneering multimessenger astronomy, making important contributions to the field on topics ranging from neutrino to gravitational wave astrophysics. The Humboldt University (HU) in Berlin is noted for its activity in particle physics and the University of Potsdam (UP) is a hub for astrophysics. Beside these four partner institutions, the Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) / Erlangen Centre for Astroparticle Physics (ECAP) and the Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB) are associated with the school.

This international partnership receives significant funding through the Initiative and Networking Fund of the Helmholtz Association.