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Luisa Cifarelli has been Full Professor of Experimental Physics in Italian Universities since 1991. She is now based at the University of Bologna.
She was born and educated in Rome at the French Lycée Chateaubriand, then studied physics at the Universities of Rome and Bologna. Her research interests have always been in the domain of very high energy subnuclear physics, in the framework of international collaboration experiments at major European laboratories such as CERN1 and DESY2, and partially also in the domain of astroparticle physics at INFN3 LNGS4.
In the last ten years she has been involved in the design, construction and running of the huge time-of-flight detector of ALICE (A Large Ion Collider Experiment) at CERN LHC (Large Hadron Collider). The experiment is meant to study proton-proton and nucleus-nucleus (Pb-Pb) collisions, at extreme energies where fascinating phenomena, such as the deconfinement of quarks and gluons (in Pb-Pb), could be investigated and where unexpected discoveries could be made.
She has served in several councils, committees and commissions, she has been a member of: the CERN Council and the CERN Council Strategy Group for Particle Physics; the INFN Board of Directors; the Administration Council of Centro Fermi 5; the Laboratories of Excellence Jury of the ANR6; the Statutory Review Panel of the ESF7; the Advisory Panel on Computer Networks of the NATO8 Scientific Affairs Division.
She is President of the European Physical Society (EPS) [2011-2012], President of the Italian Physical Society (SIF) [2008-2013], Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), member of the American Physical Society (APS) and, in particular, a member of the APS Forum on International Physics (FIP). She is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Centro Majorana9 [since 1993] and has very recently been appointed President of Centro Fermi [2011-2015].
She also fulfills editorial duties on several European physics journals’ boards. She is at present Editor-in-Chief of the new-born electronic journal EPJ-Plus10.
As President of the EPS, my main effort will be to increase: its visibility in Europe and worldwide; its impact on and outreach for the promotion of physics; its role as federation of many learned societies and of an authoritative scientific opinion-maker; its potential for solidarity and cooperation with less favoured countries. Establishing or strengthening links with other scientific societies – physical, astronomical, chemical – in Europe and the world over will also be one of my goals.
As Member-at-Large of the APS FIP Executive Committee, I will pursue the objective to further strengthen the relationships between the APS FIP and the EPS. Due to their excellence and renown, this cannot but be significantly beneficial for the whole physics community on a global scale.
Facilitating communications between the American and European physics communities will allow them to speak with a louder voice on all matters concerning physics that have an impact on everyday life, such as education, energy, environment, dissemination of scientific culture, scientific publications policy, research strategy, etc. One of my major duties would be to help coordinate common programmes and initiatives, such as conferences, grants, prizes, etc., and to act as an "ambassador" of the APS FIP in Europe whenever required.
Finally, during my mandate I would vigorously promote the declaration of an International Year of Light (IYOL), according to the EPS initiative. This year will likely be in 2015, namely ten years after the very successful International Year of Physics. Due to the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character of such an initiative, the IYOL will considerably help increase worldwide the visibility, impact and outreach of physics in all its fundamental and applied aspects. Moreover, embedded in the YIOL, a "Light for Development" project would be a meaningful way to promote science in scientifically emerging countries. This IYOL proposal has alreading been endorsed by a number of societies and institutions, in particular by the African Physical Society (AfPS).