Astrophysics is one of the three major pillars of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Bonn. This fact, together with a long and successful tradition in the education of astronomy in Bonn, has motivated us to further strengthen the concept of astronomy studies. The opportunity arose with the introduction of the Bachelor/Master studies in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Bonn is ideally suited for studying astrophysics, due to the very broad range of astronomical research conducted at the University and the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, located in the same building as the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie. It covers observational research over essentially all wavelength regimes (radio, infrared, optical, X-ray) as well as theoretical research, and deals with diffuse matter in space and cosmic objects, comprising the Solar System, stars and star clusters, and the interstellar medium to galaxies, clusters of galaxies, quasars and cosmology.

Clem & Adri Bacri-Normier (