Dr. Johan von Forstner

Software Developer and PhD in Space Physics

Paradox Cat GmbH, Munich

About me

Since March 2021, I am working as a software developer at Paradox Cat GmbH , developing prototypes for the automotive industry using Machine Learning technologies at BMW BetaLabs in Munich.

My background is in Space Science, in which I got my PhD in the Extraterrestrial Physics Group at Kiel University. During my PhD studies, I have been part of the scientific team of the RAD instrument on the Curiosity rover on Mars, and the Solar Orbiter Energetic Particle Detector . You can find links to my scientific publications and presentations on this website.


  • PhD in Space Physics, 2021

    University of Kiel

  • MSc in Physics, 2018

    University of Kiel

  • BSc in Physics, 2016

    University of Kiel



Software Developer

Paradox Cat GmbH

2021 – Present Munich

Postgraduate researcher, PhD student

University of Kiel, Extraterrestrial Physics Department

2018 – 2021 Kiel

Undergraduate researcher

University of Kiel, Extraterrestrial Physics Department

2016 – 2018 Kiel

Software Developer

rami.io Software Development

2014 – 2021 Heidelberg

Open Source Projects

that I started or contributed to


Android app to access the GoingElectric.de electric vehicle charging station directory.

Web Opac App

Android App to access library catalogs

Orbit Plots

Artistic plots of Solar Orbiter data

GCS Python

Python 3 implementation of the Graduated Cylindrical Shell model for coronal mass ejections


Java library for parsing schools’ substitution schedules

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

First CME and Forbush decrease observed at Solar Orbiter using EPD

On 19 April 2020, the Solar Orbiter magnetometer (MAG) observed a coronal mass ejection (CME) including a clear signature of a …

The High Energy Telescope (HET) on the Solar Orbiter Mission: Overview and First Data

As part of the Energetic Particle Detector (EPD) suite onboard Solar Orbiter, the High Energy Telescope has been launched on its …

Recent Publications

The long period of ³He-rich solar energetic particles measured by Solar Orbiter on 2020 November 17-23 (2021)

Energetic ions in the Venusian system: Insights from the first Solar Orbiter flyby (2021)

Solar origins of a strong stealth CME detected by Solar Orbiter (2021)

Quiet-time Low Energy Ion Spectra Observed on Solar Orbiter During Solar Minimum (2021)

Radial Evolution of the April 2020 Stealth Coronal Mass Ejection between 0.8 and 1 AU: A Comparison of Forbush Decreases at Solar Orbiter and Earth (2021)