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Dr Cosimo Inserra

Dr Cosimo Inserra

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director of Research
Associate Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, College of Physical Sciences & Engineering
Gravity Exploration Institute
Cardiff Hub for Astrophysics Research and Technology

Email
inserrac@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6649
Campuses
Room N/3.19, 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 the role of interaction and shocks on astronomical transients, as well as those 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 for transient astronomy to classify and categorise different kinds of supernovae and extreme transients.

I have been recently awarded the 2021 MERAC Prize as the Best Early Career researcher in Observational Astrophysics for the investigation of the extremes of stellar explosions, providing a pioneering contribution to their understanding and their role in astronomy and astrophysics.

My institutional roles are the following:

  • Deputy Director of Research at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusiveness (EDI) Committee at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Ambassador of the Cardiff Data Innovation Research Institute
  • Member of the Ethics committee at the School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Member of the Cardiff University Gender Equality Steering Group
  • Member of the Funders Oversight Group at Cardiff University

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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 2021 MERAC Prize as the Best Early Career researcher in Observational Astrophysics (in Europe) for the investigation of the extremes of stellar explosions, providing a pioneering contribution to their understanding and their role in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • 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, Point of Contact for transient astronomy and executive board member
  • Euclid consortium - leading the extreme supernovae science
  • Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Fellow
  • European Astronomical Society (EAS) fellow

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Athena SWAN Panelist (2017-2020) and then from 2022 onward
  • Science and Technology Facility Council (STFC) Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (ERF) panel member (sifting and interview - 2019-2022)
  • UKRI - Future Leadership Fellowship reviewer
  • Royal Society University Research fellowship reviewer
  • Journal Reviewer: Science, Nature Astronomy, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS), The Astrophysical Journal (ApJ)
  • Reviewer for grant applications for the French Research National Council and the Estonian Research Council
  • Reviewer of astronomical proposals for the Hubble Space Telescope, the European Southern Observatory (ESO), the 4m William Herschel Telescope, the 3.6m Canada- Hawaii France Tel., the 2m Liverpool Telescope and the OPTICON-Radionet

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Addysgu

  • 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 and Astrophysics (PXT991). For this, I coordinate the micro project in time-domain astronomy

My research focuses on extreme supernovae and the 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+, ~425 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. as well as part of the LSST:UK Executive board.

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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