Federico Ferrini Begins Tenure as CTA Managing Director

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On 1 March 2018, Prof. Federico Ferrini became CTA’s new Managing Director, succeeding Prof. Ueli Straumann who has served since 2016.


Beyond his deep experience in the field of astrophysics, Ferrini brings extensive knowledge in the management of large international scientific projects. After dedicating more than 30 years to astrophysics research and teaching at the University of Pisa, which included directing the Astronomy and Astrophysics Group, Ferrini was named Director of the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in 2011. As director, he fostered the collaboration and technical advancement of the VIRGO interferometric antenna – one of the three largest gravitational detectors in the world. Some of his other professional positions have included Scientific Attaché at the Permanent Mission of Italy in Geneva and Chair of both the CERN Pension Fund Governing Board and Investment Committee.

“At this critical point of the CTA project, we look forward to Federico bringing his long-standing experience on the VIRGO project to build on the progress made by Ueli in the construction of what will be the world’s preeminent observatory for studying the high-energy Universe,” said Gabriel Chardin, Chair of the CTA Council.


During his three-year tenure, Ferrini intends to apply his leadership and enthusiasm to the CTA construction project with the goal of bringing its vast scientific potential closer to reality.


“It is an honour to be selected to help lead CTA as it prepares for construction and begins building telescopes on site,” said Ferrini. “CTA is a major pillar for the future of astro-particle physics, and I look forward to collaborating with the highly-motivated people who have contributed to bringing CTA to this exciting point in its development. My predecessor, Ueli, is one of those people — he has done outstanding work forging a path to achieving CTA’s ambitious objectives, and I plan to continue following that path.”