Facts and Figures
In total, 44 professors, including 10 astronomers and 3 computer scientists perform research and teach in the Department. In addition, several excellent scientists in the many external Heidelberg Institutes are associated formally with the Department and thus increase its strength, contributing both to the teaching and to the research. Research is performed in the four departmental institutes. There are three experimental and one theoretical institute. In addition, the 'Zentrum für Astronomie, Heidelberg (ZAH)' or Centre for Astronomy, has been established - its members belong to the academic staff of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The University finances the Department of Physics and Astronomy with an annual amount of about six million Euros, a sum which does not include expenditure on permanent staff. The decisive factor for the competitiveness of the research done in Heidelberg however, comes from the funds obtained from regional, national and international research funding agencies. Currently the Department of Physics and Astronomy receives a total of around 18 million Euros from such sources (excl. ZAH). The Department of Physics and Astronomy is thus only second to the Department of Medicine at the University with regard to the total funds raised. All the research groups of the Department are active in international networks or cooperate in international partnerships. In addition, the Department of Physics and Astronomy hosts the Heidelberg Graduate School of Fundamental Physics, a School established within the framework of the Excellence Initiative of the German Government. The Department is also actively involved in developing the strategy and concept of the University as a whole within the so-called third funding line of the Excellence Initiative.