Jean-Luc Lehners

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Dr. Jean-Luc Lehners

Leader of the Max Planck Research Group in Theoretical Cosmology


Max-Planck-Institut für Gravitationsphysik

Am Mühlenberg 1
D-14471 Potsdam-Golm


Phone: +49 331 567-7316
Fax: +49 331 567-7297


Curriculum Vitae

Personal Data

Nationality: Luxembourg

Current Position

2010- Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
Leader of the Max Planck Research Group in Theoretical Cosmology

Positions Held

2010 Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Postdoctoral Fellow
2007-2010 Princeton University - Princeton Center for Theoretical Science
Postdoctoral Fellow
2005-2007 University of Cambridge – DAMTP
Research Associate


2001-2005 Imperial College London - PhD Physics
Advisor: Professor K.S. Stelle
Thesis entitled “Braneworlds from Supergravity”
2000-2001 University of Cambridge - Part III Mathematics
Grade: Distinction
1997-2000 Imperial College London - BSc Physics with Theoretical Physics
Grade: First Class Honours
1990-1997 Lycée Michel Rodange, Luxembourg
Grade: Très bien


Fluent in English, French, German, Luxembourgish

Awards, Scholarships and Third-Party Funds

2015 Grant of the Max Planck Society
Awarded for an extension of the Theoretical Cosmology group
Value: 460,000 €

2010 ERC Starting Grant
Project title: String Cosmology and Observational Signatures (StG 256994)
Value: 1.14 million €

2010 Prix Lions
Prize awarded yearly by the Lions Club Luxembourg for cultural or scientific merits

2009 Gravity Research Foundation Essay Competition – Honorable Mention
Essay The Return of the Phoenix Universe, with P. Steinhardt and N. Turok

2002-2005 Bourse Formation Recherche
Awarded by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture, Higher Education and Research

2002 Valerie Myerscough Prize, University of London




PPARC Scholarship

King's College Scholarship,
King's College Cambridge

Chevening Scholarship, British Council

2000 Governor’s BSc Prize in Physics, best final year student in Physics, Imperial College
1999 Staff Prize, best second year student in Physics, Imperial College

1999 Stanley Raimes Memorial Prize
Awarded for outstanding performance in Mathematics at Imperial College

1998 Matthews Memorial Prize, best first year Physics student, Imperial College

Supervision of Graduate Students

2015- Sebastian Bramberger
2013- Enno Mallwitz
2012-2016 Angelika Fertig
2013-2015 Anna Ijjas

Supervision of Postdocs

2015- Shane Farnsworth
2012-2015 Rhiannon Gwyn
2012-2014 Lorenzo Battarra
2011-2014 Michael Koehn

Teaching Experience

2016 Cosmology lecture course, Humboldt Universität, Berlin

2014 Lecturer, Autumn Blockkurs 2014, Graduiertenkolleg "Masse, Spektrum, Symmetrie", Humboldt Universität, Berlin

2014 Lecturer at the Advanced String School 2014, organized by the Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar, India

2014 Lecturer at the University of Sussex School "From Classical to Quantum GR", Brighton, UK

2012 Lectures on "Cosmology" at the Jürgen Ehlers Spring School for 3rd year undergraduates, Albert Einstein Institute, Germany

2011 IMPRS Lectures on "Early Universe Cosmology" for graduate students, Albert Einstein Institute, Germany

2009 Lecturer at the "Summer School on Particle Physics, Cosmology and Strings" at Perimeter Institute, Canada

2004-2005 Example classes for the Unification course at Imperial College London

2002-2004 Example classes for the General Relativity course at Imperial College London

Organization of Scientific Meetings

2017 Connections between Cosmology, Strong Gravity and Quantum Theory, Ringberg castle, February 15th- 18th

2016 Emergent Space-time in Quantum Gravity and Fundamental Cosmology, Albert Einstein Institute (AEI), September 26th – 29th

2014 DESY Theory Workshop, September 23rd – 26th

2014 Quantum Gravity and Fundamental Cosmology II, AEI, March 3rd- 6th

2013 Quantum Gravity and Fundamental Cosmology, AEI, March 5th- 8th

2011 Challenges for Inflationary Cosmology, Perimeter Institute, July 11th- 15th

2008-2009 Big Bang and Beyond (year-long program), Princeton Center for Theoretical Science

Institutional Responsibilities

2015- Colloquium organizer

2005-2007 Organizer of the weekly Cambridge Cosmology Lunches

Commissions of Trust

2016 Member of the Jury at the Falling Walls Lab, Berlin, November 8th

2012-2014 Member of the works council, Albert Einstein Institute
2011- Member of the Advisory Board, Max Planck Partner Group on Cosmology and Gravity, Trivandrum, India

Invited Talks (selected)

2017 MIT, joint Tufts/MIT seminar, March 14th

2016 Keynote talk, Communicability and Cosmology, Humboldt University, July 7th

2016 Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics, Perimeter Institute, June 15th

2016 PCTS@10 workshop, Princeton University, May 6th

2015 Selected Topics in Theoretical High Energy Physics, Tbilisi State University, Georgia, September 23rd

2015 1st Erlangen Workshop on Cosmology and Quantum Gravity, February 11th

2014 The Primordial Universe After Planck, Paris, December 18th

2014 Keynote talk, Planck 2014 conference, Ferrara, Italy, December 3rd

2014 Colloquium, MPI for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, November 17th

2014 Searching for Simplicity, Princeton University, May 15th

2014 The Particle Physics and Cosmology of Supersymmetry and String Theory, New York City, March 20th

2014 Colloquium, Virginia Tech, February 17th

2014 Cosmology after Planck, DESY, Hamburg, January 28th

2013 The Particle Physics and Cosmology of Supersymmetry and String Theory, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, March 21st

2013 Colloquium, DESY, Hamburg, January 30th

2012 Colloquium, York University, Toronto, October 10th

2012 Corfu summer institute, Workshop on String Theory, September 24th

2012 New Ideas in Cosmology, University of Pennsylvania, March 17th

2011 Cosmological Frontiers in Fundamental Physics, Paris, June 17th

2011 AAAS meeting, Washington D.C., February 19th

Popular Science Talks and Outreach Activities (selected)

2016 Astronomy club Vega, summer camp, St Andreasberg, August 12th

2016 Montessori Primary School, Potsdam, July 4th

2015 Lunchpaket, science and dance performance, with choreographer/dancer Dr. Linda Gieres, Bildungsforum Potsdam, November 11th

2015 Primary school, Koerich, Luxembourg, September 28th

2014 Aboagora conference “Chaos and Cosmos”, with choreographer/dancer Dr. Linda Gieres, Turku, Finland, August 14th

2014 Planetarium Nürnberg, May 28th

2013 MPI for Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, July 26th

2012 25 Years of Public Research in Luxembourg, Luxembourg, keynote speaker, November 26th

2012 Luxemburg ist Groß Festival, Berlin, May 11th

2011 Luxembourgish Amateur Astronomers, 40 Years Celebration, Luxembourg, December 16th

2011 Falling Walls conference, Berlin, November 9th

2010 SES, commercial satellite company, Princeton, board meeting, October 1st

2009 International Year of Astronomy, opening lecture, Luxembourg, March 3rd


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