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Luisa Cifarelli

Adjunct professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Adjunct professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Curriculum vitae

Luisa Cifarelli has been Full Professor of Experimental Physics in Italian Universities since 1991. She is now based at the University of Bologna.

Her research interests have always been in the domain of very high energy subnuclear physics, in the framework of international collaboration experiments at major European laboratories such as CERN[1] and DESY[2], and also in the domain of astroparticle physics at INFN[3] LNGS[4].

In the last twenty years she has been involved in the design, construction and running of the huge time-of-flight detector of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) at CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider). The experiment is meant to study proton-proton, nucleus-nucleus (Pb-Pb) and proton-nucleus collisions at extreme energies, where fascinating phenomena, such as the deconfinement of quarks and gluons, can be investigated and unexpected discoveries could be made.

She is currently participating also in the EEE experiment to search for extended air showers with an unprecedented network of muon tracking telescopes installed in high schools across the whole Italian territory and in the DarkSide project to search for dark matter at LNGS with a large liquid Argon detector under construction.

She has been and still is involved in numerous editorial activities, in particular she is a member of the Editorial Board of the international scientific journals La Rivista del Nuovo Cimento and EPJ [5] Plus. She has been Chief-Editor of both for several years. Currently she is also the Editor of the magazine for the dissemination of scientific culture of the Itallian Physical Society Il Nuovo Saggiatore.

She has served in several councils, committees and commissions, she has been a member of the CERN Council, of the INFN Board of Directors and of the Scientific Council of CNRS[6]. She is currently a member of the Scientific Council of JINR[7].

She is Past President of Centro Fermi[8] (2011-2019).

She is Past President of the European Physical Society (EPS) (2011-2013).

She is Past President of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) (2008-2019) and currently Honorary President of the Society.

She is Fellow dell'Institute of Physics (IOP) and of the American Physical Society (APS). She is past Chair of the Forum on International Physics (FIP) of the APS (2020) and a past member of the Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA) of the APS (2013-2021).

She is a member of the Scientific Committee of Centro Majorana (EMFCSC)[9] and a member of the Academia Europaea. She is a “Benedictine Academician” of the Accademia delle Scienze dell'Istituto di Bologna and member of the Executive Board of the Accademia.


[1] CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research, Geneva, Switzerland

[2] DESY – Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (German Electron Synchrotron), Hamburg, Germany

[3] INFN – Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (Italian National Institute of Nuclear & Subnuclear Physics), Italy

[4] LNGS – Laboratorio Nazionale del Gran Sasso (Gran Sasso National Laboratory), L'Aquila, Italy

[5] EPJ – The European Physical Journal

[6] CNRS – Centre National pour la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France

[7] JINR – Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia

[8] Centro Fermi – Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche "Enrico Fermi" ("Enrico Fermi" Historical Museum of Physics and Centre for Study & Research), Rome, Italy

[9] Centro Majorana – EMFCSC – Fondazione "Ettore Majorana" e Centro di Cultura Scientifica ("Ettore Majorana" Foundation & Centre for Scientific Culture), Erice, Italy


- Publication of over 900 scientific papers appeared as articles in international scientific journals, in international conference, school or workshop proceedings, as well as proposals, internal notes or reports (CERN, INFN, DESY, EMFCSC).

- Editing of many volumes of proceedings of international scientific schools and workshops organized and directed, as well as of other volumes (of collected papers, etc.).

- Presentation in many occasions of scientific results and research projects in various national and international meetings (conferences, schools, workshops), as well as in various scientific steering committees of INFN and CERN.

- Invited seminars in several universities (in Italy and abroad) and international laboratories and organisations (CERN, DESY, JINR, CNRS, EMFCSC, Academia Sinica)