Francisca Kemper

Astronomer - ESO
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Phone (+49) 893 200 6447
Visiting address Karl-Schwarzschild Str. 2 85748 Garching bei München Germany

Academic interests

Ciska's main research interests centre on the formation and processing of dust in the interstellar medium. She led a Spitzer Legacy project (SAGE-Spec) which made an infrared spectroscopic inventory of the dust in a variety of Large Magellanic Cloud environments. She also has an extensive research track record in studying the properties of dust in AGN tori, starburst galaxies, the Milky Way interstellar medium, and the circumstellar environment of post- and pre-main sequence stars.


  • 2002                PhD - supervisor: L.B.F.M. Waters, A.G.G.M. Tielens, A. de Koter, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • 1997                Master - supervisor: E.F. van Dishoeck, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Positions held

  • 2018 -              Astronomer / European ALMA Programme Scientist, European Southern Observatory
  • 2010 -              (Associate) Research Fellow (“Full” since 2015, temporary transfer since 2018), Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • 2006 - 2011     Lecturer of Physics and Astronomy (tenured since 2009), University of Manchester
  • 2005 - 2007     Assistant Professor of Astronomy, University of Virginia, USA
Tags: ESO, insterstellar medium, Active Galactic Nuclei
Published Mar. 12, 2021 6:51 PM - Last modified Nov. 24, 2021 1:38 PM