Dr. Frederic Effenberger

Dr. Frederic Effenberger
Group Leader
Albert-Einstein-Straße 42-46
Building A 42, Room 204
14473 Potsdam
+49 331 288-1233

Function and Responsibilities:

Dr. Frederic Effenberger is Group Leader of the Working Group "Solar Drivers of Space Weather" of Section 2.8 "Magnetospheric Physics" 

Research Interests:

  • Space weather and their solar drivers
  • Plasma-physical processes of energetic particles
  • Numerical methods and machine learning
  • Diffusion processes and kinetic theory
  • Solar energetic particles and cosmic rays


since   2018 Group Leader, Section 2.8, GFZ
2017 - 2018 PostDoc, International Space Science Institute, Bern, Switzerland
2015 - 2017 PostDoc, Stanford University, CA, USA
2013 - 2015 PostDoc, University of Waikato, New Zealand
2012 - 2013 PostDoc, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


2012 PhD Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
2008 Physics Diploma, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


  • Joint South Africa-Germany Space Weather Studies During Solar Cycle 25 and Beyond (JGSA25), Alexander von Humboldt Group Linkage Program, 2019-2021, Role: PI
  • The Impact of Magnetic Field-line Wandering on Solar Energetic Particle Transport, NASA Heliophysics Supporting Research, 2017-2020, Role: PI
  • Particle Acceleration in Solar Flares and Associated CME Shocks, NASA Heliophysics Supporting Research, 2015-2017, Role: PostDoc
  • The Influence of the Galactic Spiral Structure and Anisotropic Diffusion on the Proton Spectrum along the Sun’s Orbit, DFG, 2009-2012, Role: PhD

Research Boards and Committees:

Meeting and Session Convener
  • Deputy leader of COSPAR session on “Energetic particles in the heliosphere and in the interstellar medium: Acceleration, Anisotropy and anomalous transport”, 2018, Pasadena, USA
  • Lead Convener of AGU session on “Multi-wavelength Observations and Modeling of Solar Flares”, Dec 2017, New Orleans, USA
  • Leader of RHESSI workshop session on “Electron acceleration and transport”, Jun 2017, Boulder, USA
  • Convener of the international workshop on “Reconnection, Turbulence, and Particles in the Heliosphere”, Feb 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand
Activity and Membership in Professional Societies
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Member, German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Member, Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)
Professional Reviews
  • Frequent reviewer of NASA Heliophysics and NASA postdoc program proposals.
  • Frequent reviewer, Astronomy and Astrophysics, The Astrophysical Journal, Advances in Space Research, Annales Geophysicae, International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation, Astrophysics and Space Science, Journal of Geophysical Research, Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences