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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Latest News

Vacanies: We are delighted to announce that the DIAS Astrophysics Summer Studentship programme is now open, with an application deadline of 23rd April 2021. Read how to apply here.

Astrophotography competition: The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies is delighted to invite entries for the inaugural ‘Reach for the Stars’ astrophotography competition. We are looking for the best astro-photographs taken in Ireland over the period 1st January 2020 to 31st March 2021. Learn how to enter here.

DIAS Astronomy & Astrophysics researchers stargazing at DIAS Dunsink Observatory.

New appointment: Professor Tom Ray has been appointed a Senior Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics. Senior Professors are the most senior academic appointments in DIAS and are appointed by the President of Ireland on the advice of the Government of Ireland. Professor Ray’s appointment papers were signed by President Higgins in November 2020. Further details on his research and career achievements can be found on his web pages.

Professor Ray and Minister John Halligan T.D. at the IAU “Above & Beyond” exhibit at Dublin City Council Civic Offices in 2019.


The Astronomy & Astrophysics Section undertakes research on solar and stellar physics, space weather, planetary science, star formation, the interstellar medium, high energy astrophysics and instrumentation. It has contributed to many international projects and is currently involved in space missions such as Solar Orbiter and the James Webb Space Telescope and ground-based facilities such as LOFAR and the European Southern Observatory. The Section includes approximately 35 researchers based at Fitzwilliam Place in central Dublin. It also runs popular visitor nights and public engagement events at DIAS Dunsink Observatory in west Dublin.

The work of the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section is documented in the annual reports (2016201520142013201220112010200920082007200620052004) and in “Fort Years of Research in Space (1972-2012)” and “DIAS: 50 Years as Space Research Pioneers” by Prof. Denis O’Sullivan.

Research Groups

Major areas of interest include:

Meet some of our astrophysicists in the video below and learn about what they get up to as they reach for the stars!