Dr Roberto Trotta

Reader in Astrophysics

r.trotta@ null imperial.ac.uk

Phone: +44 (0)20 7594 7793
Fax: +44 (0)20 759 47772
Room 1009, Level 10
Imperial College London, Astrophysics, Blackett Laboratory, Prince Consort Road, London SW7 2AZ, UK

Academic qualifications

2011: Postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Studies in Learning and Teaching. Imperial College London.

2004: PhD (physics). University of Geneva, Switzerland. Title: "Cosmic microwave background anisotropies: beyond standard parameters''. Advisor: Prof Ruth Durrer.

2001: MSc (Hons) in theoretical physics. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland.


2016: Faculty of Natural Sciences Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Imperial College London. Elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association.

2015: Named as one of the 100 Global Thinkers 2014 (Foreign Policy, Nov/Dec 2014) for my book for the public, "The Edge of the Sky”. Part of the UK Guest of Honour programme at the Guadalajiara Book Festival 2015. Shortlisted for the Gresham Professorship of Astronomy, the most prestigious and longest standing Chair in public engagement with astronomy (funded 1597) in the UK.

2014: British Council English Lecture 2014. Winner of the "I'm a scientist! Get me out of there!" online competition in 2014 (selected among 5 astronomers by over 500 high school students).

2013: Awarded an STFC Public Engagement Fellowship (3 yrs, 25% FTE)

2011: Next Einstein Visiting Scholar at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Cape Town.

2010: Santander Mobility Award. 

2009: Visiting researcher grant by the Mayor of the City of Paris. 

2008: Lectureship at Imperial College London, Physics Department. Michelson Postdoctoral Lectureship Prize. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA.

2007: Merit award of the Astrophysics Department, Oxford University. Merit award of the Royal Astronomical Society. Lord Kelvin award lecture of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

2006: Post-doctoral junior research fellowship, St Anne's College, Oxford. Junior research fellowship, Linacre College, Oxford (declined).

2004: Sir Norman Lockyer fellowship of the Royal Astronomical Society. European Space Agency research fellowship (declined).

Academic positions held

Since 2015: Director, Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, Imperial College London.

Since 2012: Senior Lecturer, Imperial College London.

Since 2011: Next Einstein Visiting Scholar at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).

2008 to 2012: Lecturer in Astrophysics (faculty). Department of Physics, Astrophysics Group, Imperial College London, UK. Responsibilities include: academic lectures and tutorials, PhD students' supervision, supervision of MSci projects, cosmology graduate lectures, coordination of the group's outreach activities.

2005 to 2008: Sir Norman Lockyer research fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society at the department of Astrophysics, University of Oxford, UK. 

In Oct 2006 I was elected junior fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.

2004 to 2005: Research associate at the department of Theoretical Physics, University of Geneva, Switzerland. 

Advisory board service

I serve on several panels and committees as scientific advisor at national and international level.

2010: SOC member for NAM 2011.

Since 2009: Editorial advisor for Astronomy and Geophysics.

Since 2008: Member of the Royal Society International Grants panel.

2009: External assessor for Jesus College, Cambridge.

2008: Postdoc representative at the RCUK physics review on the health of physics in the UK ("Wakeham report").

2007: Elected on the Royal Society International Grants Panel, UK. Scientific advisor on dark energy for the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK. Research evaluator for the South African National Research Foundation.

Since 2004: referee for JCAP, JHEP, Phys. Lett. B, Phys. Rev. D, Phys. Lett. E, New Astronomy, Mon. Not. Roy. Astron. Soc., Computer Phys. Comm., Astrophys. J. Lett. and Phys. Rev. Lett.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (UK, elected in 2005); member of the Swiss Society for Astronomy and Astrophysics (elected in 2005); member of the International Astronomical Union (elected in 2006). Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (elected in 2011); member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (since 2011).

Professional development

I have attended several professional development courses, held by the Oxford University Career Development Organisation, Oxford University Learning Institute, Oxford University Public Relations department, the Royal Society and Imperial College London Centre for Educational Development.


I obtained a Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching from Imperial College London.