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Cardiff is a world-leading University driven by creativity and curiosity offering a range of expertise from leading academics. This Directory provides the media with access to expert comment, informed opinion and analysis on a range of research and topical issues. It aims to support the media to connect with Cardiff experts for comment, interviews, stories and panel participation.

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Stephen Fairhurst

I am a gravitational wave astronomer. I have spent the past decade developing and carrying out searches for gravitational waves. I am a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and for five years led the Compact Binary Coalescence group, responsible for searching for black hole and neutron star binary mergers.


Dr Chris North

I am an astronomy researcher, primarily focused on the Herschel Space Observatory. I have experience of a very wide range of astronomy, and am happy to speak about almost anything in the field of astronomy.


Professor Bangalore Sathyaprakash

I am the head of the Gravitational Physics group at Cardiff. For the past 15 years, my research has focussed on studying astronomical sources of gravitational radiation and searching for them using kilometre-sized interferometric detectors.

We have so far not been successful but expect to see a breakthrough when detectors that are currently being upgraded begin operating in 2015.

I was the chair of an international group that built the science case for the construction of a billion-dollar underground gravitational-wave detector called the Einstein Telescope (ET). I very much hope that we will soon open the gravitational window for observing the Universe, after which I will work on getting ET funded and built over the next 15 years.

ET will be a remarkable instrument capable of observing colliding neutron stars and black holes when the Universe was in its infancy assembling its first galaxies.