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Dr Cosimo Inserra

Dr Cosimo Inserra

Lecturer
Deputy Director of Research
Astronomy Group
Gravity Exploration Institute

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Email
inserrac@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5120
Campuses
Room N/3.24, Adeiladau'r Frenhines - Adeilad y Gogledd, 5 The Parade, Heol Casnewydd, Caerdydd, CF24 3AA
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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 extreme transients.

My institutional roles are the following:

  • Ambassador of the Cardiff Data Innovation Research Institute
  • Deputy Director of Research at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Member of the Ethics committee at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Member of the Funders Oversight Group at Cardiff University
  • Panel member of the Science Technology Facility Council (STFC) Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (ERF)
  • Panel member of the Athena SWAN charter

Academic appointments

Lecturer
  • November 2018  - present ; School of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University (November 2018)
Research Fellow
  • 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

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • 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.

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) UK Principal Investigator and Point of Contact for transient astronomy
  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Fellow

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Athena SWAN Panelist
  • Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (ERF) panel member

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  • I am module organiser (MO) for the 3rd year course High-Energy Astrophysics (PX3245)
  • I am deputy module organiser (DMO) for the MSc courses Advanced Experimental Techniques in Physics (PXT101) and Techniques in Astrophysics (PXT201) for which I coordinate the micro project in time-domain astronomy

My research focuses on extreme supernovae and follow-up of electromagnetic counterparts of gravitation waves. I am the Principal Investigator (PI) and Survey director 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 was also science PI of the 'Superluminous supernova' and 'Fast transients' groups in the ePESSTO collaboration. I am one of the LSST:UK PIs and the LSST:UK Point of Contact (POC) for transient astronomy.

I am the FORS2 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 leading the extreme supernova science (see here the Euclid Deep Field Strategy - https://bit.ly/2Gce3B3). I am also a member of the LIGO consortium.

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