ESAC Research Fellow Mentors

This page lists the key areas of scientific research for ESA staff at ESAC. These scientists can all serve as the primary mentors for ESA Research Fellows

Additional collaboration with other Faculty Members, particular current Research Fellows, on-site contractor scientists and researchers at the Centro de Astrobiología (CAB), is of course also encouraged.

A list of some active research groups is given in the Faculty Science page.

Solar System Studies

Solar and Heliospheric physics Anik De Groof; Helen Middleton; Andrew Walsh; David Williams; Yannis Zouganelis
Solar System Planetary surfaces Patrick Martin
Planetary atmospheres Patrick Martin
Planetary magnetospheres Michael Küppers
Small bodies: asteroids, comets, TNOs Bruno Altieri; Nicolas Altobelli; Mark Kidger; Michael Küppers
Interplanetary dust Nicolas Altobelli



Exoplanets Bruno Merin
Stellar astronomy Star formation Bruno Merin; Roland Vavrek
Massive stars Danny Lennon; Eva Verdugo; Gaia group
Stellar evolution Danny Lennon; Bruno Merin; Eva Verdugo; Gaia group
Stellar activity Danny Lennon; Jan-Uwe Ness; Gaia group
Late stages of stellar evolution Pedro Garcia-Lario
Compact objects Black holes Guillaume Belanger; Peter Kretschmar; Norbert Schartel
Neutron stars Guillaume Belanger; Peter Kretschmar
White dwarfs  
Accretion Disc formation and evolution Norbert Schartel; Eva Verdugo
Cataclysmic Variables Jan-Uwe Ness
X-ray binaries Guillaume Belanger; Peter Kretschmar
Galactic astronomy Interstellar medium and dust Nicolas Altobelli; Xavier Dupac; Matthias Ehle; Roland Vavrek
Galactic centre Guillaume Belanger
Star clusters and nebulae Gaia group
Novae Jan-Uwe Ness
Supernovae Matthias Ehle
Extragalactic astronomy Galaxy formation Matthias Ehle
Galaxy clusters and protoclusters Bruno Altieri; Luca Conversi; Matthias Ehle
Active galactic nuclei (AGN), Seyferts, quasars Guillaume Belanger; Mark Kidger; Maria Santos-Lleo; Norbert Schartel
High-energy astronomy Guillaume Belanger; Matthias Ehle; Maria Santos-Lleo; Norbert Schartel
High redshift galaxies Bruno Altieri; Luca Conversi
Gravitational lensing: Strong and weak lensing Bruno Altieri
Cosmic microwave background Luca Conversi; Xavier Dupac
Cosmology in Astrophysics Cosmology with quasars Norbert Schartel
Cosmology with galaxy clusters Bruno Altieri
Cosmology with CMB Luca Conversi; Xavier Dupac



Instrument development CCD and CMOS detector technology Ralf Kohley
Observation methodology
Photometry Bruno Altieri; Ralf Kohley; Bruno Merin; Roland Vavrek
Spectroscopy Matthias Ehle; Pedro Garcia-Lario; Peter Kretschmar; Bruno Merin; Jan-Uwe Ness; Norbert Schartel; Roland Vavrek; Eva Verdugo; David Williams
Time series Guillaume Belanger; Peter Kretschmar
Spatial analysis Matthias Ehle; Roland Vavrek
Astrometry Uwe Lammers; Danny Lennon
Wavelength regimes Radio Luca Conversi; Matthias Ehle; Bruno Merin
Infrared Bruno Altieri; Luca Conversi; Pedro Garcia-Lario; Bruno Merin; Roland Vavrek; Eva Verdugo
Optical Bruno Altieri; Luca Conversi; Ralf Kohley; Bruno Merin; Roland Vavrek; Eva Verdugo
Ultraviolet Bruno Merin; Eva Verdugo; David Williams
X-ray Bruno Altieri; Guillaume Belanger; Matthias Ehle; Peter Kretschmar; Bruno Merin; Jan-Uwe Ness; Maria Santos-Lleo; Norbert Schartel
Gamma ray Guillaume Belanger; Peter Kretschmar; Bruno Merin
Analysis techniques Bayesian modelling Guillaume Belanger; Bruno Merin
Machine learning Guillaume Belanger; Bruno Merin


Scientific Applications of GNSS

GNSS and fundamental physics Tests of general relativity Javier Ventura-Traveset
Relativistic positioning

Earth sciences

Ionosphere / space weather
Troposphere / climatology
Geodynamics / gravity field
Metrology Time scales and time transfer
Precise orbit determination