Ekaterina Ilin astronomy, effective altruism Astonomy PhD student who cares for the long term future of sentient beings.


I was born in Moscow, but my parents took me to Germany (Jülich) when I was 7. Today I speak both Russian and German, English, and some French. I did my Abitur in Karlsruhe, where I also was an undergraduate in physics. I took an excursion to the University of Oslo, where, after learning about physics in space, I decided to let go of Earth entirely and went on to study astrophysics at the University of Potsdam. I did my master's project at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam on stellar flares in open clusters. Since the end of 2018 I have been a happy doctoral student, mostly supervised by Katja Poppenhäger and Sarah J. Schmidt

My research interests include: stellar magnetic activity, (magnetic) star-planet interactions, and the solar-stellar connection. Otherwise I care about existential/suffering risks for sentient beings, better science and insitutions, practical and population ethics, and green politics.

When I don't study stars, I work to build an sustainable and producte Effective Altruism community in Germany. Currently, I am serving as head of the board at the Netzwerk für Effektiven Altruismus Deutschland e. V.

I spend my leisure time reading, meditating, drinking coffee, dancing and walking around Potsdam. Check out Jens Fischer for a cool data science person.



GitHub Homepage

Detect and characterize stellar flares in Kepler and K2 time domain photometry. Features Gaussian Process regression, and injection/recovery of synthetic flares.



01-2018 - 09-2018 Research Assistant @ Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP)
2016 - 2018 Teaching Assistant @ University of Potsdam


2016-2018 University of Potsdam
MSc. Astrophysics
2012 - 2016 Karlsruhe Instutite of Technology
BSc. Physics