Dr. Cosimo Inserra

Visiting Fellow

Astrophysics Research Centre, School of Maths and Physics, Queen's University Belfast, David Bates Building, Belfast, BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, UK.

e-mails: C.Inserra-at-soton-ac.uk , c.inserra-at-qub.ac.uk

Website: Cosimo Inserra Website

Office: Second floor, 02.034

I am a research fellow with interest in:

  1. Superluminous Supernovae (SLSNe) in the nearby Universe and their potential use as standard candle at redshift z > 1;
  2. Interacting Supernovae and unusual transients (e.g. helium shell detonation and intermediate massive black hole)
  3. Future instrumentations (LSST, Euclid, E-ELT and HARMONI)

Some of my works and works that I co-authored in the news:

An abstract of myself:

  • I am currently working with Prof. Stephen Smartt mainly on the topic of SLSNe. I am also involved in the Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects (PESSTO) as a key member (main tasks: data reduction, observing block management, target alert duties, observations), in the Search Using Decam for Superluminous Supernovae (SUDSS) and in the Core Collapse SN section of the transient sky with GAIA. I am also part of LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, the Euclid Consortium, the SOXS Consortium and I collaborate with several SN communities like the INAF-OAPd SN group, the Australian National University SN group or some of the Japanese and Chilean SN groups.

Scientific summary, awards and miscellaneous:

Current H-index: 24 (December 2016); 60 papers, of which 12 as first author and >1650 citations in refereed publications

Referee for journals (Science, MNRAS, ApJ) and telescope proposals

Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) Winton Capital award 2017 winner as the most promising postdoc astronomers in the UK.

QUB VC Prize for Postdoctoral research finalist in 2015 and 2016; best STEM postdoctoral research and highly commended for the work on Supernovae and Astrophysics

ResearchGate profile: CI

GitHub profile cinserra (Astronomy/Cosmology/Physics/Machine learning algorithms)

Follow me on Twitter @COSMO_83

Linkedin profile: CI (not regularly updated)

  • I obtained my Phd at the University of Catania, in Italy, in 2012 under the supervision of Dr. Massimo Turatto (now director of the Padua Observatory). I also spent one year of my Phd period at the Oklahoma University in Norman, USA under the supervision of Prof. Eddie Baron.
  • I am a representative, together with Dr. C. Tiguero, of the Research Staff Association for the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast and member of the Athena SWAN committee of the School, as well as the outreach committee of the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen's University Belfast.
  • I am an Italian native speaker. I also speak a fluent English (I have a Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the Cambridge English language assessment) and I am slowly learning Spanish and Japanese.
  • I have 37 nights of observation so far at 2-4m telescopes and Python is my preferred programming language.
  • I am a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador and I have been involved in several outreach activities. I was also invited in April 2014 to give a talk on Supernovae by the British Astronomical Association (BAA), Astronomy Ireland (in September 2016) and the Irish Astronomical Association (March 2017)
  • I previously co-supervised G. Puglisi, Master student (2010), University of Catania. Supervisor: L. Paternò
  • I supervised T. Seccull and J. Guy as summer students and R.J. McKendry (MSci student)
  • I supervised M. Normann (MPhil student 2014-2016)
  • I like fantasy and sci-fi, I am also a good football goalkeeper (according to the rumours) and my jokes are terrible (again, sadly according to what people say).
  • I am passionate about big data and possible science connected with such area

Fun facts

My favourite movie is Star Wars (such a cliché for an astronomer)

I love pizza (another classical cliché for an Italian) and I am passionate about cooking

I am a supporter of AC Milan

PhD and PDRA Career event

List of fellowships and outside academia possibilities here

Download the talks of the PhD and PDRA Career events 2016 here

Cosimo Inserra 2016/04/25 10:30

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