STRW local: About



  • carry out world-class astronomy research
  • develop key technologies for ground breaking astronomical discoveries
  • provide excellent education at the bachelor and master level
  • engage the public with the wonders of the Universe and share the scientific, technological, cultural and educational aspects of astronomy with society.


  • galaxies and the structures in which they are embedded
  • exo-planets, and forming stars and planets

Their physical components, formation and evolution are studied using

  • observations with ground and space based telescopes
  • theoretical and astrochemistry modelling
  • large scale numerical simulations, and
  • laboratory experiments mimicking conditions in space