Chiara Ferrari undertook her PhD and Habilitation Thesis in 2003 and 2011, respectively, at Nice Sophia Antipolis University, and Master of Astronomy at the University of Bologna in 1999. Astronomer at Côte d’Azur Observatory, her research focuses on radio observations of the most massive gravitationally bound structures in the Universe - galaxy clusters - to study them as the largest “particle accelerators” in nature.
Very interested in the development of low-frequency radio astronomy in France, she plays a structuring role within the national community, with a particular focus in the development of the SKA project. Today, after her appointment in 2016 as Director of SKA-France, she has an intense activity with the academic and industrial world aiming at structuring the French contribution to the SKAO at the scientific and technological level.
From 2018 to 2021, she has been the French scientific representative in the SKA Organisation Board of Directors and, since 2021, she is part of the French observer delegation to the SKA Observatory Council. From 2017 to 2019, she has chaired the General Assembly of the H2020 project AENEAS (“Advanced European Network of E-infrastructures for Astronomy with the SKA »). In 2020, Chiara Ferrari has been elected Chair of the European SKA Forum, a platform to promote joint European SKA-related initiatives in view of the beginning of the SKA Observatory construction. Since 2021, Chiara Ferrari is also one of the Scientific Director of Côte d’Azur University IDEX Jedi.
Computer Science and Applied Mathematics