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  • Dr Rhodri Evans

    I have over 20 years of lecturing experience, including in the United States and here in Wales at Glamorgan University and Cardiff University. I have done a lot of media work, as a Welsh speaker I have become the "default" person BBC Radio Cymru and S4C ask about astronomy and physics. I have a broad range of expertise as I have taught courses in nearly all areas of astronomy.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Black hole, Cosmology, Galaxy, Gravity, Herschel, Planets, Space, Stars

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  • 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.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Cosmology, Galaxy, Herschel, Planets, Space, Stars, Technology

  • Dr Haley Gomez

    I'm a senior lecturer in astrophysics and study cosmic dust using specially-designed infrared telescopes able to reveal the cool universe.

    I am also head of public engagement for the School of Physics and Astronomy, and believe passionately in using astronomy to raise the aspirations of school children in Wales and the UK.

    I am also a member of the Science and Technology Facilities Women in SET council and the Education and Training Committee.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Galaxy, Herschel, Space, Stars

  • Dr Nicolas Peretto

    I am an observational astronomer, expert on star formation.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Herschel, Space, Stars

  • 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.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Black hole, Cosmology, Gravity, Space

  • Professor Walter Gear


    I am Head of School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Herschel, Space

  • Professor Matt Griffin


    I am Head of School and Director of Research in the Cardiff University School of Physis and Astronomy.

    I am a member of the Astronomy Instrumentation Group, with many years experience in far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, both ground-based and space-borne.

    Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

    Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, Herschel, Planets, Space, Technology