Professor Erminia Calabrese
STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
Deputy Director of Research
Astronomy Instrumentation Group
and Astronomy Group
I am a cosmologist using observations of the relic light from the Big Bang, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), to constrain the properties of the Universe.
Here at Cardiff, I am a Professor and an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow working between the Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Astonomy Instrumentation groups.
- 2019-date Professor and Deputy Director of Research - Cardiff University (UK)
- 2017-2019 Lecturer - Cardiff University (UK)
- 2017-date STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow - Cardiff University (UK)
- 2016-17 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow - University of Oxford (UK)
- 2015-16 Lyman Spitzer Jr. Fellow - Princeton University (USA)
- 2014-15 Beecroft Fellow - University of Oxford (UK)
- 2011-14 PDRA in astrophysics and cosmology - University of Oxford (UK)
- 2008-11 PhD in Astronomy - Sapienza, Universita` di Roma (Ita)
- 2006-08 Master (MSc) in Astronomy and Astrophysics - Sapienza, Universita` di Roma (Ita)
- 2003-06 Bachelor (BSc) in Physics and Astrophysics - Sapienza, Universita` di Roma (Ita)
- 2019 European Research Council Starting Grant
- 2019 Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Prize for the Planck Team
- 2018 Gruber prize in cosmology as a member of the Planck team
- 2018 Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award for the Planck Team
- 2018 Marcel Grossman Award to the Planck scientific collaboration
- 2016 STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship
- 2012 Junior Research Fellowship (non-stipendiary), Wolfson College, Oxford
2011 Tito Maiani prize for thesis in physics
- Reviewer for PRD, PRL, JCAP, ApJ, MNRAS, A&A
- Speaking Engagement
- I get regular invitations to give seminars, colloquia and conference/workshop talks. Over the last 8 years I have spoken at Aachen, Rome, Tenerife, Royal Astronomical Society-London, Stockholm, Florence, Louvain, Kings College London, Leiden, EPFL-Lausanne, UCL-London, Liverpool, Cardiff, Portsmouth, Sussex, Cambridge, Queen Mary-London, Crete, Oxford, Imperial College-London, Durham, Manchester, Amsterdam, Bielefeld, Heidelberg, SISSA-Trieste, and Bonn in Europe; BNL/Brookhaven, Ann Arbor-Michigan, Cornell, IAS-Princeton, and Chicago in the USA; JAXA in Tokyo, Japan.
- Memberships of Scientific Societies
- 2016-date Member of the Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions (CANTATA) supported by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology
- 2015-date Member of the International Astronomical Union
- 2018-date Ambassador for the Data Innovation Research Institute, Cardiff University
- 2018-19 PhD admission committee, Cardiff Astronomy
- 2017 PhD admission committee, Oxford Astrophysics
- 2016 Co-organizer (committee of 6 people) of Symposium on “CMB polarization foregrounds” at EWASS 2016, Athens, Greece
- 2016 LOC member of the LSST DESC Collaboration meeting, Oxford
- 2016 Co-organiser of the Astrophysics journal club, Oxford
- 2014 Co-organizer of the ACT Collaboration meeting, Oxford
- 2012-13 Co-organiser of the cosmology seminars, Oxford
2013 LOC member of the “Synergetic Science with Euclid and the Square Kilometre Array” workshop, Oxford
- 2019 Podcast on the Hubble constant for Pythagorean Astronomy and BBC Wales
- 2019 Talk at the Cardiff Sixth Form College for A-level students
- 2018 Interviews for Nature Astronomy and New Scientist magazine
- 2018 Panel member at "Beyond Einstein: The Future of Physics", the Cheltenham Science Festival, UK
- 2017 Panel member at "The Universe: What Don't We Know", the Cheltenham Science Festival, UK
- 2015-17 Interviews for Symmetry Magazine and New Scientist UK
- 2011-15 Stargazing Oxford
- 2013 Royal Societry Summer Science Exhibition, London
My research combines theoretical work with statistical data analysis to answer fundamental questions about the Universe. I lead work on characterising multi-frequency CMB microwave data, on combining data from satellite and ground-based experiments, and on extracting the underlying primordial CMB signal carrying the imprint of the physics of the early Universe, leading to state-of-the-art constraints on neutrino physics, inflation, dark matter and dark energy physics.
I am a member of many CMB experiments: I am a long-standing science member of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, a Scientist of the Planck mission, and a full member of the Simons Observatory for which I lead pipeline development for characterizing small-scale data and serve on the Theory and Analysis Committee. I am a full member of the proposed, Japanese-led LiteBIRD mission for which I also serve as UK National coordinator and European Deputy Spokesperson for LiteBIRD-Europe.
I am also a full member of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, and a member of the Euclid Collaboration, looking at how to combine low-redshift data with the CMB.
- Charlotte Braithwaite, PhD student at Cardiff (2019-date) -- Simons Observatory optics characterization.
- Christiane Lorenz, PhD student at the University of Oxfrod (2016-2019) -- constraining neutrino physics and dark energy with low- and high-redshift data.
During 2013-2017 I have served as Advisor for graduate students at Wolfson College, Oxford.