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Linda Tacconi is a senior astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, where she works with millimetre and submillimetre interferometry as well as infrared high resolution imaging spectroscopy to find out more about galaxies, the black holes at their centres and star formation. After her PhD at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA, Linda Tacconi worked at the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy, Dwingeloo, before she moved to the MPE in 1991. She has been or is chairing several international committees to maximize the scientific return from telescopes such as ALMA, IRAM and the VLT.