Johanna Hartke
PostDoc, European Southern Observatory Chile
Growing up in Northern Germany, I initially decided to study physics after a summer school on quantum mechanics. At university, I, however, found that quantum physics was not my calling. Instead, I became fascinated by astronomy and how we could use relatively easy concepts from mechanics to describe the motions of stars millions of lightyears away. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the European Southern Observatory in Chile. I split my time between being a support astronomer at Paranal Observatory, one of the largest observatories in the world, and researching how galaxies grow and evolve. I can give you some insights into how we operate the telescopes on Paranal and how we work and live in the Atacama desert. I am also happy to chat about galaxies: how we try to understand better how they grow and evolve by interacting with other galaxies, and the role that dark matter plays in these processes.

In a video conferencing call...

...I am happy to talk about my research.

...I am happy to answer questions about university and career-related questions.

...I am happy to moderate a discussion.

Related School Subjects
Mathematics, Physics
Astronomy, Galaxies, Dark Matter, Stellar Dynamics, Galactic Archeology, Working at an Observatory
English, German