Adrian Hamers is a Research Group leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics (MPA). He obtained his PhD from Leiden University in 2016, after studying physics and astronomy at Utrecht University. In 2016, he moved to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, to work as a postdoctoral fellow. From September 2019, he is heading a new Research Group at the MPA. His interests lie in the areas of high-energy astrophysics and astrophysical dynamics, with a focus on compact objects, stellar systems, supermassive black holes, and planetary systems.