We’re very honoured to host the European Space Agency’s Director of Science, Günther Hasinger, for Uplink 09 on Wednesday 13th May at 2:30pm (BST) / 3:30pm (CEST). A world-leading astrophysicist from Germany, Günther heads up ESA’s space science missions that cover physics, astrophysics, planetary physics and heliophysics.


Along with ESA’s Senior Advisor for Science & Exploration – and Space Rocks/Uplink regular – Mark McCaughrean, Günther will be talking about Future Frontiers: Voyage 2050, new areas of study, and potential missions from 2035 onwards. He is the man to ask about the future of space exploration!


An expert in X-ray satellites and the development of future observatories, before joining ESA in 2018, Günther was director of the X-ray and gamma group at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching and an honorary professor at the Technical University of Munich . He also worked as Chairman of the Council of German Observatories (RDS), then Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching. He also managed the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii.


Günther is the recipient of multiple awards for his research and scientific achievements including the Leibniz Prize of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – the most significant research prize in Germany. He was also given the international Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Award for his outstanding contributions to space science. He is a member of the Academia Europea, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and Leopoldina (the German National Academy of Sciences), and an external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has also held several important national and international responsibilities, such as the chair of the Council of German Observatories and the president of the International Astronomical Union Division on Space and High Energy Astrophysics.


An acclaimed author, Günther  is the author of an award-winning book, Schicksal des Universums, which explains astrophysics and cosmology to a wider audience (with an extended English version called Astronomy’s Limitless Journey: A Guide to Understanding the Universe). He was the winner of the Wilhelm Foerster Prize for public dissemination of science in 2011.


Last but by no means least, Günther is a rock music fan and back in the early 1970s, he played bass and flute in German prog rock band Saffran! They eventually disbanded, unable to release the album they’d recorded, but Blue In Ashes eventually saw the light in 2004!


Join us on Wednesday at 2:30pm (BST) / 3:30pm (CEST) to watch and join in at our Youtube Channel. You can also catch past episodes of Uplink and subscribe for news about forthcoming editions.