Ekaterina Ilin astronomy, effective altruism Astronomy 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 (badly). 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. I research stellar flares, and how they affect exoplanets.

My research interests include: stellar magnetic activity, (magnetic) star-planet interactions, and the solar-stellar connection. Otherwise I care about better science and institutions, practical ethics, equity and inclusion, green politics, and how humanity may survive the next couple of millenia and beyond.

I spend my leisure time reading, drinking coffee, meditating, listening to music, painting, dancing and walking around Potsdam. Many of these things are done while petting my cat Tom.

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GitHub Homepage

Detect and characterize stellar flares in Kepler, K2 and TESS time domain photometry. Features Gaussian Process regression, injection/recovery of synthetic flares, and statistics on flare frequency distributions.



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