Dr. Gudrun Wanner

Senior Scientist
Laser Interferometry and Gravitational Wave Astronomy
Space Interferometry
Location Hannover
+49 511 762-17137
3406 017

Main Focus

At the AEI in general:

  • Head of optical simulation working group within the AEI group Interferometry in Space

As part of University and Max-Planck-Society Collaborations:

  • Current:
    • PI of LEGACY project A3 (a collaboration between Max Planck Society and Chinese Academy of Science) 
    • PI of project B03 in the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TerraQ
    • Co-PI, Science Board member, and leader of topical group “Optical Simulations” of excellence cluster EXC 2123 QuantumFrontiers
    • Member of the excellence cluster EXC 2122 PhoenixD
  • Previous:
    • 2015 - 2019 Board-Member of the CRC 1128: geoQ
    • 2014 - 2019 PI of project A05 in CRC 1128 geo-Q


  • Leader of the tilt-to-length task group
  • (Co-)Chair of LISA Stray Light Working Group
  • Member of the LISA Publications and Presentation Committee, the Advocacy and Outreach Working Group, the Simulation Expert Group, the Performance Expert Group, the On-Ground Instrument Processing Expert Group, the Calibration Working Group, and the LISA Consortium

LISA Pathfinder:

  • Member of the LISA Pathfinder Science Team, with research focus on the interferometry, optical simulations and tilt-to-length coupling noise
  • 2016 - ESA Team Achievement Award for valuable contribution to the LISA Pathfinder mission

Invited presentations outside of the Gravitational Wave Community:

  • Sep 2019, HighRR workshop: VISTAS on Detector Physics, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Oct 2017, Festvortrag beim Arbeitskreis Geodäsie und Geophysik (AKGG), Blaibach, Germany. 
  • Oct 2017, Visions-in-Science 2017, Berlin, Germany. 
  • Jun 2017, Invisibles17 Workshop, Zürich, Swiss. 
  • Mar 2017, LaThuile conference, LaThuile, Italy. 
  • Feb 2017, DLR Berlin seminar, Berlin, Germany. 

Outreach activities:

  • Co-organizer of AEI’s girls’ day / Zukunftstag
  • Invited outreach talks:
    • Nov 2020, Gravitation und Physik im Advent 2020, webinar. 
    • Nov 2018, November der Wissenschaft 2018, AEI Hannover, Germany. 
    • Oct 2018, Evening lectures of the Vienna Planetary, Planetary Vienna, Austria 
    • Sep 2018, Lange Nacht der Sterne 2018, Dessau, Germany
    • Okt 2017, Herbstuni Hannover, AEI Hannover, Germany
    • Apr 2017, Yuri’s Night, Wien, Austria
    • Apr 2017, Girls’ Day, AEI Hannover, Germany
    • Okt 2016, Herbstuni Hannover, AEI Hannover, Germany
    • Aug 2016, Burggespräche des Orion, Burg Albrechtsberg an der Pielach, Austria 
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