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The GENESIS project

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GENeration and Evolution of  Structures in the ISm

GENeration et Evolution des Structures du milieu InterStellaire

is a German/French collaboration project, supported for three years (start 1.5. 2017) by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinde (DFG) and the Agence national de recherche (ANR).

German coordinators are Robert Simon and Nicola Schneider (I. Physik. Institut, University of Cologne)

French coordinator is Sylvain Bontemps (Laboratoire d'astrophysique, Universite de Bordeaux)

The objective of this research project is to better understand the structure and evolution of molecular clouds in the interstellar medium (ISM) and to link cloud structure with star-formation.  For that, far-infrared observations of dust (Herschel) and cooling lines (SOFIA) are combined with ground-based submillimetre observations of molecular lines. Dedicated analysis tools will be used and developed to analyse the maps and compared to simulations in order to disentangle the underlying physical processes such as gravity, turbulence, magnetic fields, and radiation.

A new and innovative approach is to combine the competence of the members of the Cologne KOSMA group in structure identification methods and SOFIA with the expertise of the Bordeaux LAB star formation group in Herschel and spectro-imaging maps, and the Bordeaux GeoStat team of the INRIA institute who are experts in nonlinear methods for the analysis of complex systems.

Project summary




GENESIS participants


Robert Simon, Nicola Schneider, Volker Ossenkopf, Markus Roellig + Post-Docs and students for subprojects



Sylvain Bontemps, Fabrice Herpin, Jonathan Braine, Nathalie Brouillet, Thierry Jacq + Post-Docs and students for subprojects


Hussein Yahia, Nicola Brodu, Guillaume Attuel + Post-Docs and students for subprojects

External collaborators

ANT Canberra/Australia

Christoph Federrath

ZAH Heidelberg

Simon Glover, Ralf Klessen

CEA Saclay

Pascal Tremblin

CfA Harvard

Phil Myers

IPAG Grenoble

Frederique Motte

CASS San Diego

Alexei Kritsuk


Antoine Gusdorf, Pierre Lesaffre


Fernando Comeron


Timea Csengeri

University of Bonn, Argelander Institut

Juergen Kerp + Post Docs + students for subproejcts