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Andrea Cimatti

Professore ordinario

Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Settore scientifico disciplinare: FIS/05 ASTRONOMIA E ASTROFISICA

Direttore Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia "Augusto Righi"

Curriculum vitae

Andrea Cimatti - Curriculum Vitae et Studiorum


  • Graduated with maximum score and cum laude in Astronomy at Bologna University (1990).
  • ESO studentship in Garching (Germany) (1993).
  • PhD in Astronomy at Florence University - Department of Astronomy and Space Science (1994).


  • Associate at ESO - Garching (Germany) (1994).
  • Postdoctoral fellow at University of California (Livermore and Berkeley) (1995-1996).
  • Research astronomer at INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (1994-2003).
  • Associate Astronomer INAF - Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri (2003-2006).
  • Full professor at University of Bologna - Department of Astronomy (since October 2006).
  • Visiting professor at Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) (since 2020).

  • Current: University of Bologna – Department of Physics and Astronomy (DIFA), Director, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, I-40127, Bologna (Italy). Tel.+390512095817. E-mail: []


  • Italian representative in the ESO Scientific Technical Committee (STC) (1999-2005).
  • Member of the STC Working Group on 2nd generation VLT instruments (2000-2001).
  • Chairperson of the ESO-STC committee La Silla 2006+ (2002-2003).
  • Member of Scientific Organizing Committees of several international conferences.
  • Coordinator of the Italian GTO (High-z Universe and AGN) for ESO VLT X-shooter (2003).
  • Member of the OPTICON Science Working Group Extremely Large Telescopes (2003-2005).
  • Member of the ESO Science Working Group on European ELT.
  • Member of the Scientific Council of Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF) (2008-2011).
  • Member of the scientific society Gruppo 2003 for the scientific research (since 2014).
  • Member of ESA committees to study the DUNE, SPACE and Euclid missions (2007-2010):
  1. European Dark Energy Mission – Concept Advisory Team (EDEM-CAT).
  2. Euclid Interim Science Working Team (EISWT).
  3. Euclid Optimization Advisory Team (EOAT).
  4. Euclid Study Science Team (ESST).


  • Current roles in the ESA Euclid mission:
  • ESA Euclid Science Team, with the role of Spectroscopy Data Processing Scientist (since 2011).
  • Italian representative in the Euclid Consortium Board(since 2010).
  • Coordinator of the SWG on Galaxy and AGN Evolution (Euclid Consortium) (since 2011).
  • Member of the Euclid Consortium Membership Committee (since 2013).
  • Member of the Euclid Consortium Editorial Board (since 2015).


  • Livio Gratton Prize for the best PhD Thesis in Astronomy in Italy in 1994 (1995).
  • Bessel Prize of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany, 2006).
  • Premio L. Tartufari dell’Accademia dei Lincei (Roma, Giugno 2016).
  • Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Giugno 2017).
  • Highly Cited Researcher of Thomson-Reuters.


  • Principal Investigator (PI) of 3 ESO-VLT Large Programmes:
  • A stringent test on the formation of early-type and massive galaxies (1999-2000).
  • The nature and evolution of infrared galaxies: bridging optical and SIRTF-SWIRE data with near-infrared observations of the ELAIS-S1 field (2002-2003).
  • GMASS: the galaxy mass assembly ultra-deep spectroscopic survey (2004-2005).


  • Co-Investigator in cosmological surveys with ESA Herschel PACS GTO (since 2004).
  • PI and Co-I of projects with ESO, Keck, JCMT, SEST, IRAM, HST telescopes (since 1993).
  • PI of the SPACE mission selected by ESA as a Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 (2007).
  • PI of the NIS spectroscopic instrument of the ESA Euclid mission (2008-2010).


  • National responsible of 3 contracts to manage the funding of the Italian Space Agency (ASI) to support the Euclid activities in the period 2008-2013.
  • National coordinator of MIUR PRIN projects:
  • Dark energy and cosmology with large galaxy surveys (2008)
  • The dark Universe and the cosmic evolution of baryons: from current surveys to Euclid (2011).


  • UNIBO - Director of the Professional Master "Space Missions Science, Design and Applications" (SPICES)
  • UNIBO - Member of Gruppo Tematico di Ateneo "Space"
  • UNIBO - Member of Comitato di Gestione Accordo Quadro ASI-UNIBO
  • UNIBO - VRA Committee (member of Panel 02)
  • UNIBO - 1088press (member of the Scientific Committee)
  • UNIBO - Centro Interdipartimentale Ricerca Industriale (CIRI) Aerospace - Responsible for the Operational Unit Space Science and Technology
  • UNIBO - Collegio Superiore - Member of the Scientific Council
  • UNIBO - Member of the Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna

  • DIFA - Coordinator of the Astrophysics Sector
  • DIFA - Research Committee (representative of Astrophysics Sector)
  • DIFA - Working Group on innovative teaching (VAST; Viaggio attraverso lo spazio e il tempo.

  • Since May 2021: Director of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and member of the Academic Senate.


Author of the textbook:
Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution - From Primordial Gas to Present-Day Galaxies
A. Cimatti, F. Fraternali, C. Nipoti
Cambridge University Press


Author of the book L'universo oscuro. Viaggio astronomico tre i misteri del cosmo, Carocci ed. (2017).


  • Polarimetric evidence of non-stellar scattered UV radiation in high-z radiogalaxies. Implications on the evolutionary status and on the AGN Unification Scheme (1994-1998). Main paper: Cimatti et al. 1996, Keck Spatially Resolved Spectropolarimetry of the Distant Radio Galaxy 3C 324, ApJ, 465,145.
  • Discovery of far-infrared emission and CO emission from Extremely Red Objects (1998-2000). Cimatti et al. 1998, Vigorous star formation hidden by dust in a galaxy at a redshift of 1.4, Nature, 392, 895.
  • Evidence of two galaxy types (early-type galaxies and dusty starbursts) contributing to the population of Extremely Red Objects (2002-2003). Main paper: Cimatti et al. 2002, The K20 survey. I. Disentangling old and dusty star-forming galaxies in the ERO population, A&A, 381, L68.
  • Evidence of massive galaxies at z>1 and their implication on galaxy formation models (2002-2004). Main paper: Cimatti et al. 2002, The K20 survey. IV. The redshift distribution of Ks<20 galaxies: A test of galaxy formation models, A&A, 391, L1.
  • Discovery of a substantial population of old, passive, spheroidal galaxies at z>1.5 (2004). Main paper: Cimatti et al. 2004, Old galaxies in the young Universe, Nature, 430, 184.
  • The downsizing evolution of early-type galaxies (2006). Main paper: Cimatti, Daddi & Renzini 2006, Mass downsizing and ``top-down'' assembly of early-type galaxies, A&A, 453, L29.
  • Nature and evolution of superdense and compact early-type galaxies at z>1 (2008-2012). Main paper: Cimatti et al. 2008, GMASS ultradeep spectroscopy of galaxies at z ~ 2. II. Superdense passive galaxies: how did they form and evolve?, A&A, 482, 21.
  • Euclid Definition Study Report, Laureijs et al. 2011.
  • Improved constraints on the expansion rate of the Universe up to z ~ 1.1 from the spectroscopic evolution of cosmic chronometers. Main paper: Moresco, Cimatti et al., 2012, JCAP, 08, 006.
  • Active Galactic Nucleus Feedback at z ~ 2 and the Mutual Evolution of Active and Inactive Galaxies. Cimatti et al. 2013, ApJ, 779, L13.
  • A 6% measurement of the Hubble parameter at z~0.45: direct evidence of the epoch of cosmic re-acceleration. Moresco, Pozzetti, Cimatti et al. 2016, JCAP, 05, 014.