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I am an experimental condensed matter physicist, looking for signatures of relativistic-like physics in crystals through a study of topological materials. In my work I use light—from deep infrared to far ultraviolet—to understand the low energy properties of these topological materials. Currently I am an SNF Professor at the University of Fribourg, and I lead a group called "Light Fermion Spectroscopy".
I received my PhD from EPFL, and followed this with a postdoctoral stay at Brookhaven National Lab, USA. I then worked at the University of Geneva, first as an Excellence Fellow, and later with an Ambizione Fellowship. I love doing scientific outreach, and creating links to the broader audience. Having personally benefited from mentoring, I strongly believe in giving back to the physics community.
Since February 2021, Cristina Botta is an SNF PRIMA professor at the University of Zurich. Cristina is an experimental particle physicist, member of the CMS experiment collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) since 2008. She received her PhD in physics in 2011 from the University of Torino, Italy. After her experience as Research Fellow and Staff at the CERN Experimental Physics Department (2012-2019), she has been awarded an SNF PRIMA grant to create her research team within the CMS experiment collaboration. For many years, Cristina’s research activity focused on the development of data analysis strategies to discover the Higgs boson and then measure its properties. In 2015, when the LHC started to provide higher energy collisions to the experiments, Cristina’s research interest shifted towards direct searches for Dark Matter, and she coordinated several CMS analysis groups working on Supersymmetry (SUSY) searches in leptonic final states. With the upcoming High-Luminosity LHC project (2026-2040), in 2017 she has joined the effort towards the upgrade of the CMS L1 Trigger. The L1 Trigger logic and architecture, instrumented by custom hardware processor boards, needs to be completely redesigned to face the high luminosity challenge. Cristina is one of the coordinator of the CMS L1 Trigger upgrade project.
As an experimental particle physicist I explore the energy frontier by studying proton-proton collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC) with the CMS experiment. I am an SNF Eccellenza Professor at the Physics Institute of the University of Zurich and the group leader of the High-Energy Physics group of the Laboratory of Particle Physics at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).
I obtained a PhD in physics from ETH Zürich in 2010 and then received an SNF fellowship for prospective researchers to work as a postdoctoral fellow (2010-2014) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), California USA. In 2014 I joined University of Zurich as a scientist and since 2016 I hold a joint position with PSI LTP. During my career I have been working on three high-energy physics experiments, ATLAS and CMS at CERN and H1 at DESY (Hamburg, DE). My research focuses on precision measurement of Standard Model processes including heavy quarks, gauge bosons or the Higgs boson. In order to observe these processes at the LHC, I am playing an active role in the design and construction of high-precision silicon pixel detectors, the innermost sensitive layers of the ATLAS and CMS detectors.
Besides my research activities I am engaged in University teaching and in outreach activities to share my excitement about particle physics with scholars, students and the general public.
Florencia Canelli is a professor in experimental physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Zurich. Her research consists of studying the structure of matter at the highest energies possible to understand the fundamental nature of the universe. She received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester in 2003 where her research on the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron focused on measuring properties of the heaviest known particle, the top quark. Her Ph.D. thesis was awarded the Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Award for best Ph.D. dissertation in experimental particle physics by the American Physical Society, the University Research Association Thesis Award for best Ph.D. dissertation performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Frederick Lobkowicz Thesis Prize for best Ph.D. dissertation in high energy particle or nuclear physics awarded by the University of Rochester.
She moved to the CDF experiment as a postdoctoral researcher for the University of California at Los Angeles, and continued her research as a Fermilab Wilson fellow. From 2008-2012 she was an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago, where her research focused on the ATLAS experiment. In 2008, she received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to physics. In 2010, she was awarded the Young Scientist Prize of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics for outstanding achievement in experimental particle physics.
She was a member of the Physics Advisory Committee to the director of the Fermi National Laboratory and member of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physicists (C11). She is currently the scientific delegate from Switzerland to the CERN council (2022-2024) and the chair of the C11 IUPAP (2021-2024).
Her current research is focused on the CMS experiment, which she joined in 2012. She has served a two-year term (2018-2020) as the CMS Top-quark Physics Analysis Group convener and has been appointed Physics Coordinator of the CMS experiment (2021-2023). Her group is also engaged in developing the next upgrade of the CMS pixel detector.
I am an experimental particle physicist who is exploring new Dark Matter scenarios at the energy frontier in a laboratory. I study proton-proton collisions at the CERN Large Hadron Collider (LHC), searching for signs of new particles and interactions that can explain Dark Matter. Currently, I am an SNSF Eccellenza Professor at ETH Zurich, where I lead a group of researchers searching for new physics with the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment.
I received my PhD in Physics in 2013 at the University of Naples "Federico II", in Italy, and then I joined University of Zurich as a postdoc. In 2016 I received an SNSF Ambizione grant to carry out my own project. My research activities focus on exploring new physics scenarios, especially Dark Matter related ones, leading to unconventional signatures at colliders, including hadrons, leptons and missing momentum. I use machine learning techniques applied to the field of particle physics to enhance the sensitivity to very rare processes and develop novel tools for the exploration of n challenging signatures of new physics.
I am an experimental condensed matter physicist, specialising in three-dimensional systems, which I study with synchrotron X-rays. Specifically, I study how the three-dimensionality influences the physics of these systems – and how by we can design and control the properties by patterning at the nanoscale. Since September 2021, I have been leading my group Spin3D at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden.
I obtained my PhD at the Paul Scherrer Institute and ETH Zurich in 2017 for my work on X-ray imaging of 3D magnetic systems, which was recognised by a number of prizes including the APS Richard Greene Dissertation Award, the Werner Meyer-Ilse Memorial Award, the ETH Medal, and the SPS Award for Computational Physics. Following a one year postdoc at the ETH Zurich, I moved to the University of Cambridge and the Cavendish Laboratory as a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow to work on the dynamics of 3D magnetic nanostructures. During my time there, I was awarded the L’Oreal For Women In Science Fellowship, and the European Magnetism Association Young Scientist Award. Since September 2021 I am a Lise Meitner Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids in Dresden, Germany. Our group studies the behaviour of three-dimensional magnetic systems – both "bulk" and "nano" – making use of the experimental methods we have developed over the last few years.
As well as doing excellent science, I find it crucial that we enjoy what we do. As a result, I am keen to foster an open and welcoming atmosphere both in my group, and in our wider international collaborations.
Professor Dr. Jamie Gloor has 15+ years of experience in psychology and management across 4 continents including Yale University and Technical University of Munich. After defending her dissertation at the University of Zurich (summa cum laude), she is currently a Swiss National Science Foundation PRIMA grantee at the University of St.Gallen. In the Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion at the HSG School of Management, she leads a team of 4 quantitatively exploring non-traditional paths for non-traditional leaders. Her research, writing, teaching, and consulting focus on leadership, gender & diversity, the future of work/leadership, and humor. For more information about Professor Gloor, her team, and her research, see www.jamiegloor.com ; connect on ResearchGate, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Prof. Dr. Lavinia Heisenberg's research interests lie at the interface between gravitational physics, cosmology, particle physics and computational astrophysics ranging from purely theoretical topics to more observational subjects. On the theory side, the quest for a fundamental theory of quantum gravity, the construction of consistent effective field theories, the implications of quantum corrections on them, their possible embedding into quantum gravity and their concrete predictions and signatures strongly attracts her attention. On the more observational side, she is especially interested in the dynamics of cosmic structure formation and in experiments that map the cosmological large-scale structure and trace out its evolution. Given the recent developments in gravitational wave physics, she became strongly interested in understanding the implications of different effective field theories in the regime of strong gravity and tests of GR using gravitational wave measurements.
I am a group leader at Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) for the group SwissFEL Operation. While studying physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), I was introduced to particle accelerators and ended up doing both my master thesis, and afterwards my PhD at the electron storage ring ANKA (now KARA) at the KIT. I started my career working on longitudinal electron beam diagnostics. From the beginning on, I loved the interdisciplinary character of accelerator physics and enjoyed the collegial and welcoming atmosphere in the accelerator community world-wide. When PSI was starting the commissioning of the Swiss free-electron laser (SwissFEL) in 2016, I took the opportunity to join the team there. Since then, my focus has shifted more towards the operational aspects & optimisation of particle accelerators and I became a group leader three years ago which brought along many new, interesting challenges.
I am an experimentalist who uses large-scale research facilities to explore the fascinating properties of quantum matter using neutron, muon, and photon probes. During my master and PhD work at the Technische Universität München, I held appointments at three European neutron sources (Institute Laue Langevin, Paul Scherrer Institute, and Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum), where I developed novel instrumentation. After postdoctoral appointments at the Universität zu Köln and University of California, San Diego, I became a scientific staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where I led the neutron scattering efforts of the Condensed Matter & Magnet Science group. Since 2018 I am the head of the Laboratory for Neutron and Muon Instrumentation (LIN) at the Paul Scherrer Institute, and since 2021 also a professor of experimental physics at the University of Zurich. Large-scale facility experiments require collaborating in large and diverse teams, which I enjoy immensely.
Mónica Jiménez-Ruiz obtained her PhD in 1999 at the Instituto de Estructura de la Materia (IEM, CSIC, Madrid, Spain) under the supervision of Prof. Bermejo with the thesis entitled "Glassy Dynamics in a System with long range order". During her PhD she performed several visits to Michigan State University and Argonne National Laboratory (USA). After two postdoc positions, one at the IEM (CSIC, Madrid, Spain) with Prof. T. Ezquerra and other at the ILL (Grenoble, France) with Prof. H. Schober, she got a position of instrument scientist at the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL). She has been instrument scientist during 9 years (2001-2010) of IN8, a thermal neutron three-axis spectrometer (TAS) and 11 years (2011-2022) of IN1-Lagrange, a neutron vibrational spectrometer dedicated to the study of molecular vibrations. Since 2004 she is permanent scientist at the ILL. From all this experience, her main expertise is on the study of dynamics of nanoconfined media (clays and zeolites) and catalysis in zeolites studied by inelastic and quasielastic neutron scattering, Raman spectroscopy and numerical methods as Density Functional Theory and ab-initio Molecular Dynamics.
I conducted my Bachelor and Master studies at ETH Zurich, where I did my master thesis in the group of Prof. Bertram Batlogg on “Transport properties in SmFeAs(O,F)”. After a year as a research assistant at the laboratory of metal physics and technology at ETHZ, where I investigated the biocompatibility of bulk metallic glasses, I moved to Belgium and started my PhD on “Interface phenomena in magnetic nanostructures” at the KU Leuven. During my PhD I studied the vibrational and magnetic properties of nanostructures using X-ray and neutron scattering techniques at large scale facilities.
In 2018 I started my position as an instrument scientist at the Research Neutron Source Heinz Maier-Leibnitz in Garching, Germany, where I am responsible for the resonant spin-echo spectrometer RESEDA. My research interests are superconductivity and magnetic phenomena as well as neutron instrumentation. My background in nanostructures drives me to push the capabilities of RESEDA beyond bulk samples and towards spectroscopy on the nanoscale.
After school and almost two years of civil service, I started out studying mathematics and physics in Cologne and obtained my diploma in nuclear structure physics from there. My doctoral studies at PSI and ETH Zurich dealt with exotic atoms including muonic and pionic atoms at PSI and antiprotonic atoms at CERN. I was a postdoc at ETH Zurich (weak interaction in muon decay) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (ultracold neutrons, UCN, at LANL and neutrino physics with SNO in Sudbury). In 2001 I rejoined PSI as scientist for UCN physics and became group leader of the UCN Physics group in 2008. Since end of 2009, I am professor of physics at ETH Zurich and head of the Laboratory for Particle Physics at PSI. My research focus is on precision measurements of Standard Model parameters and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics using ultracold neutrons, low-energy muons, and exotic atoms. Besides science itself, in my work, it is the interactions with colleagues and students I value the most.
My wife is a medical doctor. We are proud parents of four children and found our way of raising them while also pursuing our professional lifes.
Since 2018 I am the head of the department "Beam operation and facility development" with about 80 people in the division of Large Research facilities at PSI. In this department, we operate the four accelerator facilities from one control room to provide beam for users and patients. Further, we seek for improving the accelerators steadily to increase the quality and reliability of the beams.
In 2006 I started at PSI with Monte Carlo particle simulations for the purpose of improving the efficiency of targets as well as calculating radionuclides and dose rates of components irradiated by protons. 2009 I became the group leader of the “Meson target facilities” group at the High Intensity Proton Accelerator HIPA and 2013 the section leader of "Target facilities, beamlines and simulations".
In 1998 I obtained the PhD from the University of Mainz in Germany for the measurement of the electric form factor of the neutron in a double polarization experiment using polarized 3He and polarized electrons from the Mainzer Microtron MAMI. Afterwards I joined the University of Basel as a postdoc and finished with the postdoctorate degree about the momentum and energy distribution of protons in nuclei and the venia docendi in 2004. At the University of Basel I am still active in teaching.
I am an experimental physicist who specializes in neutron instrumentation, in particular optics. After my physics studies at at EPFL and University of Waterloo, I obtained a PHD from Technical University of Vienna in the field of high precision particle physics studying neutron decay. My passion for instrumentation led me to join PSI as a PostDoc in 2015 in the group of neutron optics. In 2018, I have become tenure-track staff leading a small team that operates the sputtering lab of PSI/LIN. My research interests are the development of advanced neutron optical devices. Here, I focus on two main areas, namely using neutron optical devices to improve signal-to-noise on neutron instruments and designing new polarizing optics that will allow a widespread use of polarization analysis. These are key developments for allowing experiments that are not feasible to date. I particularly enjoy that my work requires the skillsets of both a physicist and an engineer.
I am a senior research scientist working in the Laboratory for Muon-Spin Spectroscopy (LMU) within the Research with Neutrons and Muons Division (NUM) at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). I obtained my PhD in experimental physics from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany in 2003. Since then I have been working in different positions in the LMU. In 2016, I became leader of the Bulk-µSR group which includes senior scientists, postdocs, PhDs and one technician. I am responsible for the scientific, technical and financial management of the bulk μSR user facility at the Swiss Muon Source (SμS) with five μSR instruments on four separate beamlines. Since 2021, I am a member of the PSI Research Committee (FoKo).
In all my years at PSI, I have been conducting independent research on a broad spectrum of topical questions of contemporary condensed matter physics with the emphasis on magnetism and superconductivity in thin films, magnetic heterostructures and bulk specimens. The principle method of investigation in most of my studies has been muon spin rotation or relaxation, very often complemented besides standard sample characterization by e.g. different neutron scattering techniques, ARPES, Mössbauer spectroscopy or nuclear magnetic resonance.
I am an assistant professor in computational physics at ETH Zürich. After obtaining my Ph.D. at Humboldt University of Berlin and a postdoctoral stay at the University of Southampton, I was awarded a prestigious CERN fellowship and Hitachi Assistant Professorship in High Performance Computing, followed by junior professorship at LMU Munich. Complementary to my research activities, I have five years of experience in designing and delivering courses for high performance computing and theoretical physics master programmes in Ireland, Germany and Switzerland.
In my research, I am investigating the interplay of the theory of strong interaction - quantum chromodynamics (QCD) - with the quantum theory of electrodynamics (QED). This is especially important for comprehending the discrepancy between the prediction of the current best theoretical description of the subatomic world (Standard Model of particle physics) and the experiment pertaining to one of the most prominent quantities in the pursuit of new physics beyond the Standard Model: the anomalous magnetic moment of the muon. Concurrently with answering these questions related to the new physics, my collaborators and I work to automatize the adaptations of the existing codes for future high performance computing machines, as well as explore the application of noisy quantum devices and machine learning in particle physics.
My name is Daniel Mazzone. I was born and raised in Zermatt, Switzerland and completed my undergraduate studies at ETH Zürich in 2013. During my PhD thesis at the Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zürich I investigated the interplay between magnetism and superconductivity in selected materials, primarily using neutron scattering and muon spin rotation techniques. A postdoc fellowship of the Swiss National Science Foundation allowed me to deepen my knowledge in complementary static and time-resolved resonant x-ray scattering techniques. After this time at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, I joined the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering and Imaging at Paul Scherrer Institut as a tenure track scientist. Here I continue my research efforts in the field of strongly correlated metals, taking advantage of the unique variety of infrastructures available at the institute. I am also co‐responsible of a novel neutron scattering spectrometer, which enables efficient investigations of dynamic processes in magnetic materials under extreme conditions, such as low‐temperature, high pressure or under magnetic fields. I enjoy collaborating with national and international research teams, and outside work I like to spend my time in the mountains.
I have spent most of my career performing research on synchrotron facilities around the world, with expertise on x-ray absorption spectroscopy. I completed my PhD in physics at University of Campinas, Brazil, working at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source (LNLS). After that, I moved to the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California for my post-doctoral work. In 2007 I joined the Paul Scherrer Institute as research scientist, where I was initially responsible for the construction and commissioning of the X-Treme beamline. Currently, I am a senior staff scientist in the X-Treme beamline. My scientific interests include the discovery and investigation of novel properties at the interface between complex oxides in high quality heterostructures and the control of magnetism by electric fields. I'm a member of beamtime proposal advisory committees and a reviewer for several scientific journals. At PSI, I'm member of the PSI Research Committee, as well as the PSI committee for equal opportunities.
In private life I like to go hiking in the mountains, when my partner and I manage to motivate our two kids (7 and 5 years old) to join. As many other working parents I practice the daily balance of sharing my time between my work and my children.
I am a chemist and my scientific interests lay in the field of solid state chemistry and topics, which are at the moment in the focus of solid state physics. I am an expert in crystal growth and materials engineering of compounds with novel electronic properties. I have graduated from the Moscow D. I. Mendeleev Institute of Chemical Technology, Russia in 1988, and have been working for many years as a research scientist at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia. I have obtained my PhD in 1996 at the same university I was graduated for. In 2002, our family has moved from Russia to Switzerland, because my husband (physicist) has got an instrument scientist position at the Laboratory for Neutron Scattering (LNS) PSI. Since 2003 I have been working as a research scientist in the Group of Material Synthesis at PSI. In 2017, I became a leader of the Solid State Chemistry Group at the Laboratory for Multiscale Materials Experiments PSI.
I am a Colombian physicist and mother to one, slowly approaching my 40s. I studied physics engineering at the National University of Colombia, since then I specialized in magnetism and experimental physics. That was followed by a master in physics at the Universidad de Antioquia, also in Colombia. In 2007, I migrated to Germany to start my doctoral thesis. I received my PhD from the Technical University of Berlin on Neutron scattering methods for the investigation of magnetic materials in 2011. From 2011 until 2016 I was instrument responsible for the cold neutron triple axis spectrometer FLEXX, at BERII, HZB. That was a great experience from the professional and cultural point of view as I met scientist from many other countries. In 2017, I migrated to Norway to take a position as Associate Professor at the University of Stavanger. Here, I teach courses at bachelor, master and PhD level. I supervise master and PhD thesis and I have planned and organized a local laboratory for material sciences. I am the project director of a local scattering community and of a Norwegian project about thermal transport with multiple international collaborators.
I am 39 years old, tenure track assistant professor in physics at ETH Zürich and mother of a 12 year old doughter. I studied Physics in Augsburg, Berlin, and Sevilla and did my doctorate at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2017 I became a Leibniz junior research group leader at the Max-Born-Institute in Berlin. Since end of 2019 I am heading the Nanostructures and Ultrafast X-ray Science group at ETH Zürich.
I am an experimental physicist interested in the structure and dynamics of nanoscale matter, in particular when excited to highly non-equilibrium states. In our experiments we investigate short-lived nanostructures such as atomic clusters, tiny aerosols, or liquid nanodroplets and aim to resolve ultrafast changes of their electronic and structural properties under laser excitation. One of the most important methods is single particle coherent diffraction imaging (CDI), which combines extreme spatial and temporal resolution. This method has become possible with X-ray free-electron lasers such as the SwissFEL at PSI and high-intensity laser-based high-harmonic sources. They provide very intense and extremely short X-ray pulses, which let us take snapshot images and "movies" of the free-standing nanostructures within a single laser shot.
Yasmine Sassa conducted her Bachelor and Master studies in physics at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) and Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in France. She moved to Switzerland in 2006 to complete her Master at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) and then continued as a Ph.D. student at both PSI and University of Neuchâtel. Her Ph.D. subject was about the elaboration and characterisation of cuprate superconductors thin films by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES). After her Ph.D., she did first a postdoc at ETH Zürich and then moved to Uppsala University (Sweden) after obtaining a Swedish grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation in 2014. Since 2019, Yasmine Sassa is holding an Assistant Professor position at the Department of Physics in Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). She is leading the Quantum Materials & Technologies (QuTM) group at the Materials Physics Division at Chalmers. Her research is oriented towards advanced characterization of a wide scope of materials ranging from correlated electron systems (e.g., superconductors) to quantum materials for energy efficient electronics/spintronics (e.g., silicene, skyrmions). Her research group is using the abilities of large-scale facilities by performing X-ray, neutron scattering and muon spin rotation techniques to tackle scientific questions.
My principal scientific interest is testing fundamental concepts of matter and interactions using methods and technics of low energy high precision particle physics. After my diploma in physics at the Technische Universität München, I moved to Grenoble, France for my PhD thesis. There I also met my wife sharing the same interest in climbing and hiking. Together we have three children, the first born in France, the two others in Switzerland.
After my defense, I was hired on a tenure track position at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) for the search for the neutron electric dipole moment. This project permitted me to develop my scientific and social capacities by engaging and leading the international collaboration and fostering young students and post-docs during their early careers.
Outside science, I always was engaged in projects supporting the development of young people. During university, I worked as a volunteer youth guide for the German alpine club and funded with friends the NGO “Commit to partnership” to foster exchange between German students and societies of the global south. Today, I am committed to pushing for equal opportunities and fair participation as a member of the municipal council of my village.
Jennifer Schober is a theoretical astrophysicist and is currently leading a research group at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). She has obtained her PhD from Heidelberg University (Germany) in 2014 and then became a postdoctoral fellow at the "Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics" (Nordita) in Stockholm (Sweden). In 2017, she relocated to Lausanne (Switzerland) where she joined the "Laboratory of Astrophysics" at EPFL with a Marie Curie COFUND fellowship. In 2019, she was awarded an SNSF PRIMA grant that allowed her to build up her own research group.
In her highly interdisciplinary research, she explores fundamental questions of cosmology and astrophysical fluid dynamics. She is an expert on magnetohydrodynamical turbulence which is a universal property of astrophysical systems, from small cosmic scales like stars to galaxies, and up to galaxy clusters. To understand the complex interaction between turbulence and cosmic magnetic fields, she constructs theoretical models and performs numerical simulations on supercomputers. Another essential part of her work is to derive observational signatures of astrophysical turbulence that can be tested with radio telescopes. The ultimate goal of the research conducted by Jennifer Schober and her team is to understand the dynamics of astrophysical flows and, in particular, how magnetodydrodynamical turbulence affects the evolution of the Universe.
Anna Sfyrla is a high energy physicist and associate professor at the University of Geneva. She works at the ATLAS and FASER experiments of the CERN LHC and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model. Besides her research, she is engaged in actions related to education, outreach and promotion of equal opportunities in academia.
My name is Nina, I’m an experimental condensed matter physicist and responsible for one of the neutron scattering beamlines at the Institut Laue-Langevin in France. I am from Berlin in Germany, but I spent my career away from Germany. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge and stayed as a junior research fellow before moving to the UK neutron and muon source, ISIS, where I was responsible for a beamline specialising in polarised neutron reflectometry and spin-echo experiments. In 2019 I moved to France and I am now a beamline scientist of a small angle scattering instrument at the Institut Laue-Langevin. My research interests focus on magnetism and topological materials, mainly those that are of interest to the spintronics community, and I study these using neutrons, of course, but also muons and x-rays. I am an independent researcher within a larger group; there I work on my own projects and supervise my students in collaboration with universities. I also work with many different researchers from all over the world on their science topics when they come to perform experiments.
Anne Verhamme obtained her PhD in June 2008 at the University of Geneva. She is an expert of radiation transfer effects in galaxies, more precisely the resonant Lyman-alpha line of Hydrogen, the most efficient tool to detect distant galaxies. She is working at the interface between simulations and observations of galaxy formation and evolution. She was awarded a starting grant from the ERC (European Research Council) and a professorship from the SNF (Swiss National Foundation) to test indirect diagnostics for the escape of ionizing radiation from galaxies, and to unveil the nature of the sources of Cosmic Reionization. She is involved in many international collaborations: RASCAS (RAdiation SCAtterings in Simulations), LARS (Lyman Alpha Reference Sample), and the MUSE (Multi Unit Spectrograph Explorer) GTO (Guaranteed Time Observations) consortium in particular.
Ilaria Zardo received her diploma in Physics from the Università degli Studi di Roma "Sapienza" in 2007. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in Physics from the Technische Universität München and Università di Roma "Sapienza" with summa cum laude. From 2010 to 2011, she was a postdoc in the group of Gerhard Abstreiter at the Technische Universität München and from 2012 to 2015 in the group of Erik Bakkers at the Technical University of Eindhoven. In 2014, she was awarded with the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni, which is a prestigious Talent Scheme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), meant for talented, creative researchers who are starting their own line of research. She received in 2015 the Hertha-Sponer Prize, awarded to a female scientist for outstanding scientific work in the field of physics. In 2017, she has received the prestigious Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC). She was appointed as a tenure track assistant professor at the Department of Physics at the University of Basel in 2015 and became a tenured Associate Professor in 2020.
Her research focus lies in Nanophononics: the design and manipulation of the phononic properties of materials at the nanoscale. She is the head of the Diversity Committee of the Faculty of Science of the University of Basel and the director of the PhD School «Quantum Computing and Quantum Technology».