Teaching Portal of the "Experimental Biophysics" Research Group
Welcome to the teaching portal of the research group "Experimental Biophysics" (Prof. Michael Hausmann).
On this page you will first find some general information for students, such as calls for exchange programmes with universities worldwide.
As a student of physics you will find some options for the elective (Bachelor's programme) or specialisation (Master's programme) "Biophysics and Medical Physics" at the Faculty of Physics and Astronomy at Heidelberg University as well as some general information for students interested in biophysics.
In addition to courses in biophysics, you will find courses for students of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and biology (teaching profession) on this page.
If you have questions about your physics studies, please contact Prof. Hausmann (please make an appointment by email) or one of the other study advisors. You can find current information about the study programme on the corresponding page of the faculty as well as on the page of the Central Student Advisory Service.
Please note: Signatures for BaFöG forms and other certificates will only be made electronically until further notice: Please send the form as well as a copy of the grade report and a postal delivery address to: hausmann@kip.uni-heidelberg.de.

Likewise, for those interested, we would like to draw your attention to the annual Pupils' Day. The next Pupils' Day will probably take place on May 26th, 2023.

List of lecture courses and seminars

Astrobiology and Astrobiophysics

The Astrobiology and Astrobiophysics (ABABP) program consists of several lectures, seminars and tutorials grouped into three courses.

Lectures (not offered in 2023)


The ABABP I and ABABP II lectures deal with the processes leading to the emergence of life as well as with those supporting and sustaining it, and with the integration of these processes into their environments. In addition to astrophysical and biological points of view, approaches from mathematics and information theory are also taken into account. The lectures extend over two semesters and are divided into ABABP I and ABABP II.

In ABABP I (only in German), subject matter ranging from biogenesis to intelligence and communication is presented. ABABP II deals with the course of events extending from the origin of the cosmos to the formation of an environment suitable for life.

Both lectures can be attended separately and in any order, which makes it possible to begin with the courses in either semester (summer or winter).


The ABABP III lecture deals with manned missions and associated challenges posed to living organisms. The basics of radiation biophysics, effects of microgravity, and survival strategies for space missions (especially on space stations in near earth orbit) are discussed.

This lecture is independent from ABABP I and II; however, it requires basic knowledge of biophysics or of the contents of ABABP I and II.

ABABP III is a designated Master’s course, but it can also be attended as part of one’s Bachelor’s studies.


The lectures are given by both astronomy and biophysics lecturers and mainly address Master’s and Bachelor’s students from physics and life sciences; of course, interested students from other faculties are also welcome.



Each of the lectures is accompanied by a seminar in which the backgrounds of scientific research on selected topics from the respective lecture are presented by participants; additionally, open questions and alternative approaches are developed in discussions.

The seminars can be attended independently from the lectures.



In addition to the ABABP I and II lectures, selected planetary systems and their habitable zones with possible life scenarios are discussed in interactive tutorials.

Participation in the tutorials is not a requirement for attending the lectures. However, it is recommended to have attended at least one of the lectures in order to participate in the tutorials.