Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Individual DFG Research Grant for Geneviève Parmentier

Sparkling star clusters like "Westerlund 2" are home to many thousands of stars. Dr. Parmentier studies their formation but also their chemical and dynamical evolution. (Source: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), A. Nota (ESA/STScI), and the Westerlund 2 Science Team)

The presence of multiple stellar populations in star clusters remains a great riddle of modern astrophysics.  It is the focus of a new Individual Research Grant of the DFG now started by Privatdozentin Dr. Geneviève Parmentier at the Center for Astronomy of Heidelberg University. Working at the border between modelling and observations, Dr. Parmentier aims, in particular, to understand the large diversity characterizing the observed properties of cluster multiple stellar populations.

Geneviève Parmentier received her PhD in Astronomy in 2002 at the University of Liege (Belgium).  After holding positions at the universities of Basel, Cambridge (as Marie Curie Fellow), Liege and Bonn (as Humboldt Fellow), as well as at the Bonn Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy, she started in 2012 as Olympia-Morata Fellow at the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI) of the Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH), where she secured her Habilitation in 2015. She then worked in the SFB881 as PI (2015-2018) and as its Scientific Manager (2019-2022).

Beyond the modelling of star cluster multiple stellar populations, Genevieve Parmentier is also interested in how formation conditions of star clusters shape the properties of star cluster systems, and in star formation relations.

The Individual Research Grant Programme of the DFG enables one to hold his/her own position and, therefore, to focus exclusively on a proposed research project for a period of three years. 

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Eng. Geneviève Parmentier
Zentrum für Astronomie der Universität Heidelberg (ZAH)
Astronomisches Rechen-Institut (ARI)

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