The Stellar Astrophysics Centre (SAC) is a Centre of Excellence funded by the Danish National Research Foundation for a ten-year period (2012-2022). The purpose of the Stellar Astrophysics Centre is to study the stars and their planetary systems based on a comprehensive strategy that seeks to produce a complete picture of the structure, atmosphere and magnetic activity of the stars and the planets in their orbit. The Centre plans to combine new observations from the Kepler space telescope and data from the so-called SONG network of telescopes with advanced data analysis and theoretical models.
Currently, the staff at Stellar Astrophysics Centre consists of 8 senior scientists, 8 Postdocs, 8 PhD students and 5 members of the technical and administrative staff. The Centre is located at the Department of Physics and Astronomy (IFA), Aarhus University. Directly involved as participants in the research at the Centre is a number of outside collaborators, the so-called nodes, who have all been selected based on their scientific excellence and complementarity to the expertise already available at SAC-IFA. Therefore, we cooperate with scientists from many international key institutions in the field, such as the Kiepenhauer Institute für Sonnenphysik and universities in Australia, United Kingdom and the USA:
We value honesty and the highest standards of ethical behavior and promote a supportive workplace. All interactions are conducted with consideration and respect and the workplace is harassment-free; abusive, intimidating, humiliating or demeaning behaviour is not acceptable under any circumstances. We recognize that we all from time to time face challenges and difficulties and therefore encourage an open and appreciative SAC culture where staff and affiliates can raise matters without fear of retribution.
We see the SAC culture as a proactive environment, where we continuously seek to improve and suggest new innovative approaches with regard to both research-related work, social initiatives and internal work structures.
We aspire to respectful behaviour by:
SAC is a project group made up of individuals from different cultural, social, ethnic and educational backgrounds and equal opportunity and treatment are afforded to all colleagues, regardless of sex, gender, race, ethnic and national origin, socio-economic background, political affiliation, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability and any intersection thereof.
We acknowledge and accept each other’s differences and seek to understand these in a constructive manner by:
The aim of SAC is to maintain and further develop our leading position on the international scene within the relevant research areas as well as establishing new research activities within related fields in order to push the frontiers in several areas of stellar and exoplanet research.
SAC is a professional research hub by:
Professional activities and interactions at SAC are carried out with respect and consideration for other scientists at any stage of their career (i.e., students and junior scientists, peers, supervisors and senior colleagues), and any other individuals or groups encountered in work-related situations (e.g., administrative and technical support personnel, outreach and media professionals, members of the public). SAC focuses on being an inclusive research unit where everybody welcomes new additions to the SAC community and colleagues are motivated to act in ethical ways in their interactions and written and spoken language should express respect, equal treatment and consideration.
We try to ensure inclusiveness by: