Professor appointed as new Director of University's Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation
The ICG is an international centre of research exploring the physics of the Universe. The research projects ICG is involved in include those exploring dark matter, galaxy evolution, supernovae and more.
Professor Amara was recently recognised for his contribution to the Euclid Space Mission. Launching in 2022, the mission aims to understand why the expansion of the Universe is accelerating. He joined the University in 2019 with a Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship and specialises in cosmology and cosmic structure (dark matter and dark energy). In particular he has explored the need to extend the theories of particle physics and general relativity to reflect new evidence about the state of the Universe.
He says: “I’m delighted to be appointed to this role, and look forward to working with colleagues within ICG to continue building the institute’s reputation as a centre of excellence for research in this field.”
After receiving his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in 2005 and Master in Physics from the University of York, Professor Amara is currently a Royal Society Wolfson Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. Before arriving at Portsmouth in 2019, he was Senior Scientist at ETH Zurich in Switzerland.
Professor Amara will assume his new position on 1 August 2020.