Dr Cosimo Inserra
Deputy Director of Research
Gravity Exploration Institute
I am an observational astrophysicist working on cosmic explosions, called supernovae, that characterise the death of a star. My current research focuses on the brightest supernovae explosions, usually referred to as "superluminous supernovae", and their use as high-redshift probes.
I am also interested in astronomical transients reaching their maximum light and fading soon after in a few weeks, usually referred to as Fast transients or Fast, Blue, Optical transients (FBOTs). I am also working on the implementation of machine learning techniques to transient astronomy to classify and categorise different kinds of supernovae and unusual transients.
- November 2018 - present ; School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University (November 2018)
- February 2017 - October 2018 ; Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Southampton
- April 2012 - January 2017 ; Astrophysics Research Centre, Queen’s University Belfast
Education and qualifications
February 2012 - PhD in Physics and Astronomy, University of Catania, Italy
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- The Royal Astronomical Society Winton Capital Award 2017 - Winner and highly commended as the UK postdoctoral fellow with the most promising development in Astronomy.
- Marie Curie COFUND Fellowship, 2016, declined.
- The Queen's University Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Prize 2016 - Shortlisted finalist. Highly commended for the work in astronomy and supernovae.
- The Queen's University Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Prize 2015 - Shortlisted finalist. Highly commended for the work in astronomy and supernovae.
- Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) UK Principal Investigator
- Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Fellow
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- Athena SWAN Panelist
My research focuses on extreme supernovae and follow-up of electromagnetic counterparts of gravitation waves. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) of the most recent extension of the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects plus (ePESSTO+, 150 nights awarded by ESO), as well as one of the eight leaders of the original survey (PESSTO) and its first extension (ePESSTO). I am also science PI of the 'Superluminous supernova' and 'Fast transients' groups in the ePESSTO collaboration. I am the PI of the Fast and Dark Side of Transients (FDST) experiment at the Liverpool Telescope and one of the LSST:UK PI.
I am the X-Shooter instrument scientist in the ENGRAVE consortium, a European collaboration targeting electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational waves. I am a member of LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC), LSST transient and variable stars (TVS) group, as well as of the Euclid Consortium (see here the Euclid Deep Field Strategy - https://bit.ly/2Gce3B3).