Welcome to the International Max Planck Research School on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy

Gravitational-wave Research

The International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Gravitational-Wave Astronomy offers a doctoral/graduate program in all aspects of gravitational-wave physics as well as the behavior of gravity and matter in extreme conditions. The IMPRS has two branches, one in Hannover on experimental and observational aspects of gravitational-wave astronomy, and one in Potsdam dedicated to dedicated to theoretical and numerical aspects.

Our goal is to educate well-rounded researchers by providing a unique scientific environment and excellent research and training resources to prepare them for a successful scientific career. It is an English-language program with a course and research curriculum designed for a 3-4 year duration. Our students receive full financial support for the duration of their PhD.

Students will benefit from a large network of regional, national, and international collaborations with universities and research institutes, and will have the opportunity to join the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium.

Depending on the research group, the doctoral degrees will be awarded either by the Leibniz Universität of Hannover, University of Potsdam, or the Humboldt University of Berlin.

The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

Speaker of the IMPRS

Prof. Dr. Karsten Danzmann

Phone: +49 511 762-2229

IMPRS Coordinators

Sandra Bruns
IMPRS Branch Hannover
Phone: +49 511 762-3110

Dr. André Schirotzek
IMPRS Branch Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 567-7231

Deputy Speaker of the IMPRS

Prof. Dr. Alessandra Buonanno

Phone: +49 331 567-7220


On this webpage you will find information on the lecture weeks in the current year as well as links to the slides presented by the lecturers at the respective event. more

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