Astronomy Education and Research in Germany

Astronomy Education and Research in Germany

Heino Falcke

Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie, Auf dem Hügel 69, D-53121 Bonn, Germany (

to appear in: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Astrophysics Research And Science Education at The Vatican Observatory, June 14-21 1998, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Ed. C. Impey


I briefly summarize the state of Astronomy research and education in Germany as I see it. In a world-wide comparison conditions are excellent, however, specific problems remain. While Science and Astronomy teaching is offered free to everyone (including foreigners) at schools and universities, the quality and effectiveness of science education could be improved. In the academic research and teaching system a number of problems are currently discussed and proposals to increase effectiveness and international competitiveness are being made, like the evaluation of teaching and research, introduction of more competition, and the reform of post doctoral career paths and the tenure system.

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