Prof. Serena Viti Inaugural Lecture, 24 April 2013
Publication date: Jan 25, 2013 12:55:24 PM
Apr 24, 2013 4:00:00 PM
End: Apr 24, 2013 6:00:00 PM
Location: Harrie Massey LT
Weds 24 April 2013
4.00pm, followed by a drinks reception.
The Harrie Massey Lecture Theatre (UCL)
In this lecture I will give an overview of the field that has been central to my research for the last fifteen years: molecular astrophysics. Molecules are present in most astrophysical environments within galaxies and, beside having a key role in the formation and shaping of such galaxies, they are also ideal tracers of their physical characteristics. I will use examples from different regions of space, from interstellar and star forming gas in the Milky Way, to extragalactic star forming regions to demonstrate how important molecules are for our understanding of star and galaxy formation.
Serena Viti moved to the UK to read Astrophysics at Queen Mary College, and then joined University College London to work on the spectroscopy of very cool stars during her PhD in the mid 90s. After her PhD she changed field and started working in the areas of star formation and astrochemistry at UCL. After a couple of postdoctoral fellowships in UK and abroad, she obtained an STFC Advanced Fellowship and moved back to UCL in 2003, taking up a lectureship in 2004. She was recently promoted to Professor. She has been a Royal Astronomical Society council member from 2002 to 2005, serves on several STFC panels and telescope committees, and she is the Secretary of the European Astronomical Society. Her research interests span a wide range of topics but are all centred around the role of molecules in space, especially in galactic and extragalactic star forming regions.