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Consolidator Grants (CoG)

Consolidator Grants (CoG) support researchers with 7-12 years of experience and are at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

ALMA – The key to the Sun’s coronal heating problem (SolarALMA)

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Sven Wedemeyer

The outer layers of our Sun exhibit temperatures in excess of a million degree C, implying that these layers are heated by yet to be determined physical processes. Despite many attempts to solve this so-called coronal heating problem during the last decades, it remains one of the large open questions in contemporary solar physics.

The aim of the SolarALMA project is to address the problem by utilising the first solar observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in combination with state-of-the-art numerical simulations. The key objective is the identification of the dominant physical processes and their contributions to the transport and dissipation of energy. The results promise to be a significant step towards solving the coronal heating problem with general implications for stellar activity.

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Project holder: Sven Wedemeyer
Project duration: September 2016 – August 2021

An integrative approach towards the understanding of an adaptive radiation of East African cichlid fishes (CICHLIDX)

Walter Salzburger

The East African Great Lakes Tanganyika, Malawi and Victoria are home to several hundreds of species of cichlid fishes. These fishes are highly diverse with respect to mouth and jaw morphology, reflecting their feeding specializations, and coloration.

Cichlids serve as an important model system in evolutionary biology, e.g. to study how new species form. This project focuses on the cichlid fauna of Lake Tanganyika. We will sample all cichlid species in this lake and study their genomes, their particular morphological features and their ecology.

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Project holder: Walter Salzburger
Project duration: 2015 - 2020