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There are several faculty members that are closely involved with ESA missions for extragalactic studies and are carrying out research in this field. Rresearch is carried out by tenured staff and fellows, often in collaboration.

If you are interested in the ESA fellowship and are looking for contacts to ask questions or discuss your research plans, you will find below a list of people to contact and a short summary of what we do.

High-energy observations of Active Galactic Nuclei.

Investigation on high-energy emission of Active Galactic Nuclei at ESTEC is coordinated by Matteo Guainazzi  and focus primarily on the study of ionized outflows in nearby Seyfert galaxies and of their impact on the host galaxy star formation and chemical enrichment; on the physical processes responsible for the X-ray emission in the Extended (kpc-scale) Narrow Line Region; and on the nature of the optical-thick dusty torus. See the High Astrophysics web page for a more detailed description, and a synopsis of recent results.

Studies of galaxy formation and evolution using JWST

Pierre Ferruit is one of the two JWST project scientists for ESA while Giovanna Giardino supports ESA endeavor for JWST as NIRSpec instrument scientist. They both participate actively to NIRSpec's Guaranteed Time Observing (GTO) program and in particular to its large spectrocopic survey focusing on the physics of galaxy assembly (>700h of JWST time). The team currently includes Research Fellow Janine Pforr, who is also part of the NIRSpec GTO team.

Galaxy evolution and the interaction with the larger-scale environment

Meiert Grootes is a Reasearch Fellow here and his research activity is focussed around the question of how galaxy evolution is influenced by the larger-scale environment, i.e galaxy groups, clusters, and filaments.

Extragalactic sources and Cosmology

Jan Tauber is the Project Scientist for the Planck mission. Even though he does not work on Cosmic Microwave Background directly, he understands the ins and outs of the Planck data very well. He is always glad to discuss possibilities to carry out interesting cosmological analysis using that data. Recently Jan has worked together with Pedro Carvalho and Marcos López-Caniego to generate a new catalogue of thermal emission compact sources, using the latest Planck maps - this catalogue contains all kinds of sources: from cold Galactic clumps to distant dusty galaxies.

Rene Laureijs is the Project Scientist for the Euclid mission, ESA mission dedicated to investigating the origin of the Universe's accelerating expansion and the nature of dark energy, dark matter and gravity.

Activities also take place in the joint ESTEC/ESAC research groups: Galaxy Clusters and Cosmology



This web page is managed by Giovanna Giardino at ESTEC.

To contact any person by email, please use the address depending on the location.

  • If the person resides at ESTEC, use the form
  • If the person resides at ESAC, use the form