Building from Diversity

Meet the leading figures on whose work we build the future of science

The Cherenkov Telescope Array Observatory (CTAO) development would not be possible without the support of shareholders worldwide, as well as the cooperation with 1,500 members from 25 countries contributing to the definition of the instrument design and the scientific programme. Diversity and inclusion are not only morally fair, but they benefit the science field, increasing creativity and improving the working environment. The observatories of the future, like CTAO, own their progress not only to current researchers but also to past scientists that changed the scientific knowledge and worked hard to create a more inclusive and open environment. On their legacy we build CTAO. 


“Building from Diversity” is a monthly series of articles that features leading figures from underrepresented groups in science (women, LGTBQIA+, people with disabilities, etc.), whose work and actions have had a positive impact and helped to develop today’s CTAO science, technology and education values. Written by CTAC members and external collaborators from partner institutions, each month we will delve into the work and lives of these researchers through short articles.


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2nd Edition (2023)

Written by Cristina Fernández-Suárez, PhD Student at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) & Instituto de Física Teórica (IFT).


Date of release: 30 April 2023
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1st Edition (2022)

Written by Michael Burton, Director of the Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (UK)
Date of release: 28 February 2022
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Written by Dominik Elsässer, Researcher at the Technical University Dortmund (TU Dortmund; Germany)
Date of release: 31 March 2022
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Written by Simone Iovenitti, Post-doc Researcher at the INAF-OAB (Italy)
Date of release: 29 April 2022
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Written by Anjana Kaushik Talluri, PhD Student at the University of Minnesota (USA)
Date of release: 31 May 2022
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Written by Anna Wolter (in collaboration with Claudia Mignone), Researcher at INAF (Italy)
Date of release: 30 June 2022
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Written by Eugenia Gatti, CTAO HR Specialist and member of the CTAO GEP Group (Italy)
Date of release: 29 July 2022
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Written by Viviana Gammaldi, Researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)
Date of release: 31 August 2022
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Written by Elisa Prandini, researcher at the Physics and Astronomy Department of the University of Padova (Italy)

Date of release: 30 September 2022
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Written by Isabel Márquez, Deputy Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA) and Scientific Director of the Severo Ochoa Project at IAA, and Josefa Masegosa, Senior Staff Researcher at IAA (Spain)

Date of release: 31 October 2022
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Written by Atreyee Sinha, Maria Zambrano Research Fellow at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM, Spain) and Ritam Sinha, Theoretical Physicist at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

Date of release: 30 November 2022
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Written by Marianna Giustino, MSc. Student in Physics at the Collegio Universitario Luciano Fonda (Italy).


Date of release: 30 December 2022
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