In the very last years the intersections of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology have grown wider and complex, establishing the field of Astro- and Particle-Physics as a rapidly growing young interdisciplinary field. We intend to advance this new interdisciplinary field in an unprecedented way establishing the Kepler Center for Astro and Particle Physics at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen. With the creation of the Kepler Center we have the opportunity to combine and coordinate the unique collection of expertise present in the University of Tübingen in a network effort that will closely link astronomy and particle physics building an integrated environment for research and education.
Teaching is also at the base of the Kepler Center mission. As one of the most important first steps, a proposal for a Graduate School will be prepared. The Kepler Center will manage the existing 'Vertiefungsfach Astronomie & Astrophysik' and will newly develop an interdisciplinary 'Vertiefungsfach Astroteilchenphysik' for the Master program, teaching the interplay between cosmology and particle physics.
The Kepler Center offers a very active international exchange program. The center is involved into a number of larger scale projects carried out in international co-operations. There are regular visits among the partners where the students at the Kepler Center will have plenty of chances for international contact. On return, several times per year we have long term visits from scientists from abroad at Tübingen, where the guests co-operate with our students on the common projects.