Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS)

The Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS) conducts experimental and theoretical investigations of physical processes on and within the Sun. Its headquarter is in Freiburg, Germany. The KIS operates the German solar telescopes at Teide Observatory on Tenerife (Spain) where most of the scientific observations are performed. KIS offers lectures on astronomy and astrophysics at Freiburg university and trains young scientists.

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Leibniz Institute for Solar Physics (KIS), a member of the Leibniz Association, located in Freiburg, Germany, has launched the Science Data Centre (SDC) to host large data volumes from the ground-based solar telescopes. The first phase of the SDC is dedicated to the data generated by the German solar observatory on Tenerife, Spain, where KIS operates two German solar telescopes: Europe’s largest solar telescope GREGOR and Vacuum Tower Telescope (VTT), in cooperation with its partners Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS, Göttingen), Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP, Potsdam) and Institute for Astrophysics on Canary Islands (IAC, Spain).

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Already in 2020, the KIS Foundation Council - in close consultation with the Board of Directors - carried out discussions on organisation and management issues. In the light of the two existing directors’ duty to lead and promote academic work, research and scientific development and considering also the endeavours of Leibniz Association to streamline leadership and the structures of duty, the Board of Directors was extended to a third member to take charge of non-scientific matters. The statute of the foundation was amended accordingly. This extension is aimed at pooling the resources and know-how within a Board of Directors faced with ever-growing demands and with an increasing number of issues involving different departments at KIS.


As of July 1, the Leibniz-Instituts für Sonnenphysik Board of Directors has three instead of two members, with the third area being referred to as Administration and Technical Services. The Baden- Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts...

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