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Laboratory for Astrophysics
Professor Mayo Greenberg’s laboratory was the first in its kind worldwide. The idea was to use conventional laboratory techniques to simulate the extreme conditions of space and for the first time to apply experimental techniques as a complement to observations and theory for studying the dusty universe and combining laboratory astrophysics, astrochemistry an astrobiology. 

By carrying out experiments under controlled conditions he could study questions such as the composition and evolution of the icy mantles that surround interstellar dust grains. The Astrophysics Laboratory was set up as an autonomous “working group” in a joint venture between the physics and astronomy departments. Prof. Greenberg was in charge of the laboratory until his retirement in 1992 and heavily involved in the years thereafter.
In 2001, Prof. Greenberg passed away. In honour of his achievements and to further support his efforts to train scientists in the field of laboratory astrophysics, Ms. Greenberg and Leiden Observatory made it possible to master and young Phd students from developing countries, to stay as a GREENBERG FELLOW for 6-9 months in the laboratory and to work on problems related to Prof. Greenbergs interests. 

Seven Greenberg fellows have been awarded since 2005 coming from India, Egypt, Brasil and Korea (Kim Mun Song and Kim Kyong Chol).

Given the many bureaucratic hurdles, steadily complicating the visits of these fellows, the Greenberg selection committee, in consultation with the Greenberg family, decided in 2018 to offers grants for hosting LEAPS students from developing countries over the summer period. 
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