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Silvia Pascoli

Full Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Academic discipline: FIS/02 Theoretical Physics, Mathematical Models and Methods

Curriculum vitae


After the Degree in Physics at the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1999, she obtains the Ph.D. degree in the Elementary Particle Sector, SISSA, Trieste (Italy) in 2002. She has also achieved a PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Durham University (UK) in 2008.

Academic Career

After a postdoctoral position at UCLA in 2002-2004 and a Fellow position at CERN in 2004-2006, she is hired at Durham University as lecturer in 2005, and subsequently she is promoted to reader in 2009 and to professor in 2012. In Dec 2020, she starts a position of full professor at the DIFA, University of Bologna.

Research activity

 Her area of expertise is particle physics, in particular, neutrino and astroparticle physics. She has published over 100 articles in leading scientific journals, such as Nature, Phys. Rev. Lett., JHEP, Phys. Rev. D and others. Since 01 May 2014, she is the PI of the ERC Consolidator Grant NuMass, which focuses on low energy models for neutrinos. She is the coordinator of the newly awarded Horizon2020 HIDDeN ITN and has participated in various roles to several other international projects, such as LAGUNA-LBNO, the ITN Invisibles and Elusives, the RISE InvisiblesPlus. She has given talks at many conferences, notably e.g. Neutrino 2014, EPS-HEP 2019, Lepton-Photon 2013, and has visited leading institutions such as CERN, KITP UCSB, Fermilab. She has organised over 15 conferences, including Neutrino 2016 in London.


Since 2005, she has taught several courses in physics at undergraduate and postgraduate level, in Quantum Mechanics, Neutrino Physics, Astroparticle Physics.



In August 2013 she has been awarded the Occhialini prize and medal jointly by the Institute of Physics (UK) and the Societa ́ Italiana di Fisica (Italy) with the following motivation: “for her major contributions to the study of, and leadership in, the field of neutrino phenomenology”. The Occhialini prize is awarded “for distinguished work carried out within the 10 years preceding the award” in any area of physics.


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