Since 2017 Science editor and member of the Feuilleton at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

2013-2017 Postdoctoral researcher at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG), since 2017 guest scientist


University Education

2001-2008 Studies of Physics, Technische Universität Berlin

10-2003 Vordiplom (equivalent BSc) (grade: „very good“)

06-2008 Thesis (supervised by Prof. Dr. Erwin Sedlmayr): ‚Nonlinear dynamics of cosmic masers’ (grade: 1.0)

06-2008 Diploma in Physics (equivalent MSc), final grade: „with Distinction“


2000-2010 Studies of Philosophy, Technische Universität Berlin

10-2004 Zwischenprüfung (equivalent BA) in Philosophy (grade: „very good“)

09-2009 Thesis (supervised by Prof. Dr. Günter Abel): ‚Fred Dretske’s program of naturalizing intentionality’ (grade:  „very good“)

07-2010 Magistra Artium in Philosophy (equivalent MA), final grade: „very good“


2008-2013 Doctoral studies at the Argelander-Institute for Astronomy, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (supervised by Prof. Dr. Frank Bertoldi),

2009-2013 Dissertation on „Shocks in the interstellar medium“

12-2013 PhD in Astronomy/Astrophysics (final grade: „summa cum laude“)


Awards and Fellowships

2003-2006 Member of the sponsorship programme of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes)

2009-2013 Member of the International Max Planck Research School for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IMPRS)

2009-2012 Member of the Bonn-Cologne Graduate School of Physics and Astronomy (BCGS)

06-2010 Fellow of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation during the 60th meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau

04/05-2014 Visiting Research Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA

2014-2015 Funding of the project “WissensARTen”, awarded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung within the program “Innovation in Science Journalism”


Teaching Experience

2004-2007 Tutoring at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the TU Berlin with teaching, supervision and correction duties for undergraduate and graduate, courses:

  • WS 04/05-WS 06/07: Introduction to Theoretical Physics I & II
  • SS 07: Theoretical Physics I: Mechanics

2009-2013 Teaching at the Argelander-Institute for Astronomy at the University of Bonn:

  • WS 09/10: Proseminar presentation for Bachelor students (supervision)
  • SS 2010, 2012, 2013: The Interstellar Medium, one lecture: ‘Shocks, SNRs and Turbulence’
  • SS 11: The Interstellar Medium: ‘Shocks, SNRs and Turbulence’ (tutorials and one lecture)


Scientific community service

Referee for A&A, MNRAS, and ApJ


Invited Talks

10-2012 ‘Die Deutung des Komplexen. Modelle in der Wissenschaft’ (‘Interpretation of complexity. Models in science’), ERES-Stiftung – A foundation to foster dialog between the arts and sciences, Munich

02-2013 ‘Die Kunst modellhafter Welterkenntnis’, Auricher Wissenschaftstage, Aurich

03-2013 ‘Neutral Observers? Data Selection and Analysis in Astronomy’, Workshop on “The Epistemology of Data Selection and Analysis Procedures in Physics”, University of Wuppertal

01-2014 ‘Die neue Kommunikation der Wissenschaftler – eine Gefahr für den Wissenschaftsjournalismus?’ (‘The new communication of scientists – a danger for science journalism?’), Ringvorlesungsreihe ‘Zukunft im Technikjournalismus – Medienprofis präsentieren Arbeitsfelder’, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Studiengang Technikjournalismus/PR

04-2014 ‘A Philosophical Perspective on Shocks in Molecular Clouds’, Third Carnegie Cognitive Astrophysics Workshop, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, California

05-2014 ‘Underdetermination in Astrophysics’, Carnegie Cognitive Astrophysics Workshop – The Lake Arrowhead Meeting, UCLA Conference Center, California

06-2014 ‘Observing heavenly bodies and modelling the cosmos – Philosophical perspectives on astrophysical research’, Colloquium in Logic, Philosophy of Science and Philosophy, Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

10-2014 ‘WissensARTen: Art and Science – An Encounter, One Topic, Two Perspectives’, STATE Experience Science Festival Berlin, FORUM ‘Where Art and Science meet – on creating a Third Culture’

11-2014 ‘An Introductory Tutorial on Astrophysical Shocks’, The Carnegie Observatories Lunch Talk Series, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, California

11-2014 ‘Early results from the CALYPSO survey’, Morning Tea Time, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, California

11-2014 ‘Astrophysical Shocks, Dust and Molecular Clouds’, The Carnegie Observatories Colloquium Series, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, California

01-2015 ‘Philosophie jenseits des Sonnensystems’, Kolloquium “Philosophie und Wissenschaftsreflexion”, Institut für Philosophie der Leibniz Universität Hannover

02-2015 ‘GAIA and the epistemology of astrophysics’, COSPAR Symposium for the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Vienna International Center

04-2015 ‘Der Datenmythos – Die Wissenschaft als Rohstoffmarkt?’, Ringvorlesung Technik- und Umweltethik, Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Studiengang Technikjournalismus/PR

06-2015 ‘Science Journalism as a Challenge’, Physikalisches Kolloquium Fachgruppe Physik/Astronomie der Universität Bonn

06-2015 ‘Probing the Methanol and CO Snow Lines in the Young Protostar NGC 1333-IRAS4B’, SFB 956 Kolloquium, Cologne Bonn

06-2015 ‘Scientific Models – Gateways to Reality’, Schering Stiftung Fellows Meeting 2015 ‘Analog & Digital. Simulations in Art & Science’, Berlin

01-2016 ‘Shocks in molecular clouds – from star formation to supernova remnants’, Oberseminar des Institutes für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik (IGEP), TU Braunschweig

01-2016 ‘Overcoming underdetermination – a philosophical perspective on astrophysical research’, Physikalisches Kolloquium, TU Braunschweig

03-2016 Philosophical comment on R. Bower’s talk ‘Understanding the Universe through Computer Simulation’, Workshop on ‘Cutting-edge Computation and Evidence’, Durham University, UK

09-2016 ‘The role of grains in shock models’, Conference on ‘Interstellar shocks: models, observations & experiments’, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland

09-2016 ‘From Shocks to Star Formation’, Seminar talk at the Center for Astrochemical Studies, MPE Garching

11-2016 ‘Simplicity and simplification in astrophysical modelling’, Symposium talk at the PSA biennial meeting, Atlanta, USA

02-2017 ‘Einfachheit und Komplexität in astrophysikalischer Modellierung’, Forschungskolloquium zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, TU Berlin

02-2017 ‘Die Herausforderung astrophysikalischer Forschung – Eine philosophische Perspektive’, Auricher Wissenschaftstage, Aurich

03-2017 ‘The Epistemic Challenges of Astrophysics – A Philosophical Perspective’, ESTEC Science Support Office Seminar, ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

05-2017 ‘Kennen wir den Kosmos? Die Philosophie der Astrophysik”, Salonfestival Wiesbaden



Moderations & Discussions

03-2015 ‘Nachwuchswissenschaftler in Freiburg: Situation und Perspektiven’, Diskussionsveranstaltung zwischen Hochschulleitung und Nachwuchswissenschaftlern, Universität Freiburg

06-2015 ‘The Quest for Interdisciplinarity: Inspiration or Distraction?’, Panel Discussion with E. Betzig, M. Chalfie, S. Chu, S. W. Hell, W. E. Moerner, 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Lindau

01-2016 ‘Astrophysik trifft Kunst’, Dialog zwischen Sibylle Anderl und Mischa Kuball, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg

04-2017 ‘Kunst und Wissenschaft im Dialog. Wirklichkeit und Illusion‘, Gespräch Thomas Wrede, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg

06-2017 ‘Wie ist die nächste Entwicklungsstufe von Big Data nutzbar?’, Podiumsdiskussion mit A. Krüger, M. Franzkowiak, M. Heine, R. Heuer, V. Markl, J. Wambsganß, K. Wiegerling, Konferenz Big Data made in Germany, Berlin



Scientific Publications