Prof. Dr. Svetlana Berdyugina

Board of Directors
Leibniz Institut fuer Sonnenphysik - KIS
Schoeneckstr 6, Freiburg 79104, Germany

Professor Chair for Astrophysics
Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg
Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Habilitation, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2005
PhD, St.-Petersburg University, Russia, 1994
M.Sc., with honors, St.-Petersburg University, Russia, 1987

phone: +49-761-31980

Research Expertise

Exoplanets, Biosignatures, Exolife
Solar and Stellar Magnetism
Physics of Polarized Light
Physics of molecules
Inverse Problems


2011 Senior Fellowship Award, NASA Astrobiology Institute, USA
2011 ERC Advanced Grant, HotMol (, European Research Council
2004 EURopean Young Investigator Award (EURYI, first one in astrophysics), ESF, (
2001 Senior Fellowship Award, Academy of Finland, Finland
1996-1998 Several Scholarships from the Centre for International Mobility, Finland
1995 Prize for the best PhD thesis in astrophysics, Euro-Asian Astronomical Society
1994 Scientific Achievement Award, International Science Foundation (Soros Foundation)
1992 Award for young scientists, American Astronomical Society

Professional Experience

2014- Visiting Scientist, Predictive Science Inc., San Diego, USA
2011- Visiting Scientist, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, USA
2008- Board of Directors, Vice-director, KIS, Freiburg, Germany
2008- Professor (W3 Chair), Physics Institute, University of Freiburg, Germany
2011-2014 Senior Fellow, NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Hawaii, USA
2008-2010 Visiting Professor, Physics Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2005-2008 Professor, EURYI Award Fellow, Physics Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2002-2005 Senior Lecturer, Docent, Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2001-2005 Academy Senior Fellow, Academy of Finland, University of Oulu, Finland
2000-2001 Professor, Astronomy Department, University of Oulu, Finland
1998-2000 Postdoctoral Researcher, Academy of Finland, University of Oulu, Finland
1997-1998 International Mobility Fellow, University of Oulu, Finland
1996 Visiting Researcher, University of Helsinki, Finland
1990-1996 Researcher, Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Ukraine
1987-1989 Junior Researcher, Crimean Astrophysical Observatory, Ukraine
1982-1987 Undergraduate studies, Leningrad State University, Russia