The Theory & Star Formation Group

Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Concepción, Chile

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Latest News: The Theory & Star Formation Group won the Anillo ACT172033 "Formation and Growth of Supermassive Black Holes"

For more information please visit the special Anillo website

and the Quimal project QUIMAL170001: "First Computational Astrochemistry Laboratory Using the Largest Shared Memory Computer in Chile"


Dr. Stefano Bovino
Dr. Michael Fellhauer
Dr. Dominik Schleicher
Dr. Amelia Stutz

Departamento de Astronomía
Avenida Esteban Iturra s/n
Casilla 160-C
Universidad de Concepción
Concepción, Chile

stefanobovino, mfellhauer, dschleicher, astutz (at)

About Us:

The theory group at the Department of Astronomy (Departamento de Astronomía; DdeA), Universidad de Concepción (UdeC), exists since 2009. It started with the arrival of Dr. Michael Fellhauer, who is working in the field of numerical stellar dynamics, in late 2008 as the first theoretical astronomer at the DdeA, and his first student Paulina Assmann, starting her PhD in numerical simulations of the formation of dwarf spheroidal galaxies (dSph), in 2009.

In March 2015 Dr. Dominik Schleicher arrived as the second theoretical professor joining the DdeA and its theory group. He brought his expertise in magneto-hydrodynamical simulations into our group.

In 2016 Dr. Amelia Stutz joined the DdeA as a new professor, working in observational, resolved star formation in the Milky Way and joint the now called Theory and Star Formation Group of the DdeA.

As of December 2017 Dr. Stefano Bovino joined the Theory and Star Formation Group, with his expertise in computational astro-chemistry.

Astronomy Building, UdeC

Today, the group consists of four professors, four post-docs and 19 students. In the 8 years of existence the theory group published more than 85 articles in refereed journals and saw the finalisation of 1 PhD, 4 Magister and 5 titulo theses. We acquired 11 FONDECYT projects (5 regular, 1 iniciacion, 5 postdoctorado), 2 post-doc position grants, a Chilean-German cooperation project from CONICYT, a big Quimal grant for the largest shared memeory computer in Chile, several small grants and are part of CATA. Most recently Prof. Schleicher won an Anillo grant (see above).

We have established national and international working collaborations with groups all over the world (e.g. Germany, UK, China,...). The students have presented successfully their work in many national and international conferences and usually obtained grants to continue with their PhD thesis at prestigious institutes abroad.

Our latest group picture (April 2018), some persons are missing.

Our group (May 2017) wearing our new group T-shirts.

The theory group - April 2016.                                                                           The theory & star formation group - X-mas 2016.
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