Sami Solanki

Astrophysicist Sami Solanki is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany) and Professor at ETH Zurich and the Technical University of Brunswick.

His group’s research is dedicated to understanding the physics of solar magnetism, activity and variability, as well as the Sun’s influence on the Earth’s climate. Professor Solanki is principal investigator of the Sunrise project, which flew a large solar telescope on a stratospheric balloon, and of the PHI instrumentation on ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission.

He is also co-investigator for the Virgo instrument on the ESA/NASA mission SOHO, the Secchi instrument on board NASA’s STEREO mission and HMI on board NASA’s SDO mission.