Short CV/Education and training

  • 1990
    Diploma di Maturità Scientifica; grade: 60/60

  • 1996
    Laurea in Physics, University of Florence, Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences; grade: 109/110, Thesis Title: Ly Absorbers Associated with Dwarf Galaxies in a Cold Dark Matter Scenario

  • 1997 – 2000
    Graduate student, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

  • 2001
    PhD in Astrophysics, University of Florence, Astronomy Department

  • 2001 – 2005
    Postdoctoral position, Max-Planck-Institut fur Astrophysik, Garching, Germany

  • 2005 – 2006
    Tenure-track position, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Research group leader, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik, Garching, Germany

Selected publications

  • Maio, U. et al.: The transition between population III to population II-I star formation, 2010. arXiv:1003.4992.

  • Ciardi, B., Salvaterra, R., Di Matteo, T.: Ly versus X-ray heating in the high-z IGM. In: MNRAS 401, 2010. 2635.

  • Yue, B. et al.: The contribution of the IGM and minihalos to the 21 cm signal of reionization. In: MNRAS 389, 2009. 2122.

  • Inoue, S. et al.: Probing intergalactic radiation fields during cosmic reionization through gamma-ray absorption. In: MNRAS 2009, in press, arXiv0906.2495.

  • Bernardi, G. et al.: Foregrounds for observations of the cosmological 21 cm line: I. First Westerbork measurements

    of Galactic emission at 150 MHz in a low latitude field. In: A&A 500(3), 2009. 965.

  • Harker, G. et al.: Non-parametric foreground substraction for 21 cm epoch of reionization experiments. In: MNRAS 397, 2009. 1138.

  • Pierleoni, M. et al.: CRASH: coupling continuum and line transfer. In: MNRAS 393, 2009. 872.

  • Labrapoulos, P. et al.: The LOFAR EoR Data Model: (I) Effects of Noise and Instrumental Corruptions on the 21-cm Reionization Signal-Extraction Strategy. 2009. astro-ph/0901.3359.

  • Maio, U.,: The onset of star formation in primordial haloes. In: A&A 503, 2009. 25.

  • Maselli, A., Ciardi, B., Kanekar, A.: CRASH2: colored packets and other updates. In: MNRAS 393(1), 2009. 171.


Selected projects

  • A search for primordial stars at z > 6, Kurk, J.D., Cimatti, A., di Serego Alighieri, S., Daddi, E., Ciardi, B. & Ferrara, A. 2007, VLT (SINFONI) telescope, Paranal, Chile

  • HeII Emission from a Possible Population III Object at z=6.5, Kurk, J.D., Cimatti, A., di Serego Alighieri, S., Vernet, J., Daddi, E., Ferrara, A. & Ciardi, B. 2004, 5h observations at VLT (ISAAC) telescope, Paranal, Chile

  • Crossing the z=6 Barrier: Searching for Ly-alpha Emitters and PopIII Objects at 6.4 < z < 6.6, Cimatti, A., Broadhurst, T., Ciardi, B., Daddi, E., di Serego Alighieri, S., Ferrara, A. & Vernet, J. 2003, 21h observations in service mode at VLT (FORS2) telescope, Paranal, Chile

  • Probing the Reionization Epoch: a Search for Primordial Galaxies at 6.5 < z < 7.5, Daddi, E., Ciardi, B., Cimatti, A., di Serego Alighieri, S., Ferrara, A., Renzini, A., Broadhurst, T., Benitez, N. 2003, 37h observations in service mode at VLT (ISAAC+FORS2) telescope, Paranal, Chile

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference Cosmological Reionization, Allahabad, India, February 16-20 2010

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the workshop Theoretical Challenges in the JWST Era, Austin, USA, March 15-17 2010

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee of the IAU Commission 47 (Cosmology), since 2009

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the event E12 Probing the High Redshift Universe of the 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, Germany, 2009 – 2010

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the session Early Light: Multi-wavelength perspectives of the high redshift Universe of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science, Hatfield, UK, 2009

  • Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee and member of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference REIONIZATION@RINGBERG: The Cosmic Evolution of Helium and

    Hydrogen, Ringberg Castle, Germany, 2009

  • SKA (Square Kilometer Array) Deputy Project Scientist, since 2008

  • Member of the Scientific Counsel of the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), since 2008

  • Associate member of PLANCK, since 2008

  • Chair of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference Astrophysics with E-LOFAR, Hamburg, Germany, 2008

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference Far Away: Light in the young universe at redshift beyond 3, Paris, France, 2008

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference SKADS Marie Curie Conference, Bonn, Germany, 2008

  • Member of the Organizing Committee for the workshop Radiative Transfer, Durham, England, 2007

  • Member of the SKA Scientific Working Group, since 2007

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the workshop Astrophysics in the LOFAR era, Emmen, The Netherlands, 2007

  • Member of the Scientific Organizing Committee for the conference First Stars III, Santa Fe, USA, 2007

  • Member of the MPA Work Council Committee (Betriebsrat), 2006 – 2008

  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the Institute Seminars at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astrophysics, since 2006

  • Chair of the Scientific Working Group of GLOW (German LOng Wavelength) Consortium, since 2006

  • Project manager for the acquisition and positioning of a LOFAR remote antenna for MPA, since 2005

  • Member of the Epoch of Reionization working group for the radio telescope LOFAR, since 2005

  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference Carbon-rich ultra metal-poor stars, Tegernsee, Germany, November 28-December 2, 2005

  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Seeon, Germany, 2005

  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference Open Questions in Cosmology: the First Billion Years, Garching, Germany, 2005

  • Review article The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects, "Space Science Reviews", 2003 – 2004

  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the conference RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Eibsee, Germany, 2001

  • Peer Reviewer for several astronomical and astrophysical journals, and for grant proposals, since 2000

Media coverage

  • Das Profil von Benedetta Ciardi auf Wikipedia

Additional qualifications

  • Evolution of galaxies, their central black holes and their large-scale environment, Potsdam, Germany, September 20-24 2010; invited talk

  • The First Galaxies, Quasars, and Gamma-Ray Bursts, State College, USA, June 7-10 2010; invited review talk

  • Cosmological Reionization, Allahabad, India, February 16-20 2010; invited review talk

  • Cosmic Structure and Evolution, Bielefeld, Germany, September 23-25 2009; invited talk

  • The Impact of Simulations in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation, Trieste, Italy, October 20-22 2008; invited talk

  • Astrophysics with E-LOFAR, Hamburg, Germany, September 16-19 2008; invited talk

  • XXIVth IAP Colloquium. Far away: Light in the young universe at redshift beyond three, Paris, France, July 7-11 2008; invited review talk

  • VLBI and high resolution astronomy in the next decade, Garching, Germany, June 26 2008; invited talk

  • 21cm Cosmology, Cambridge, USA, May 12-15 2008; invited talk

  • The First Two Billion Years of Galaxy Formation: The Reionization Epoch and Beyond, Aspen, USA, February 11-15 2008; contributed talk

  • Witnesses of Cosmic History: Formation and evolution of black holes, galaxies and their environment, workshop of the DFG Priority Programme 1177, Bad Honnef, Germany, September, 9-11 September 2007; contributed talk

  • XCIII National Congress of the Italian Society of Physics, Pisa, Italy, September 24-29 2007; invited talk

  • First Stars III, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, July 16-20 2007; invited review talk

  • HI Survival through Cosmic Times, Sarteano, Italy, June 11-15 2007; invited introductory talk

  • Astrophysics in the LOFAR era, Emmen, The Netherlands, April 23-27 2007; contributed talk

  • The 7th Sino-German Workshop on "Galaxies, Super-massive Black Holes and the Cosmic Web", Shanghai, China, September 25-28 2006; invited talk

  • IAU XXVIth General Assembly, Prague, Czech Republic, August 14-25 2006; invited talk

  • The End of the Dark Ages – From First Light to Reionization, Baltimore, USA, March 13-15 2006; invited review talk

  • TIARA Reionization Workshop, Hsinchu, Taiwan, February 13-March 3 2006; invited talk

  • Carbon Rich Ultra Metal-Poor Stars in the Galactic Halo, Tegernsee, Germany, November, 28-December 2 2005; invited review talk

  • The many facets of the universe – Revelations by New Instruments, annual meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, K¨oln, Germany, September 26-October 1 2005; contributed talk

  • Witnesses of Cosmic History: Formation and evolution of black holes, galaxies and their environment, first workshop of the DFG Priority Programme 1177, Irsee, Germany,September

    4-7 2005; contributed talk

  • Stellar Evolution at Low Metallicity: Mass Loss, Explosion, Cosmology, Tartu, Estonia, August 15-19 2005; invited review talk

  • Reionizing the Universe: The Epoch of Reionization and the physics of the IGM, Groningen, Netherlands, June 27-July 1 2005; invited talk

  • Conference on Computational Cosmology, Trieste, Italy, May 31-June 4 2005; invited talk

  • Galaxy-Intergalactic Medium Interactions, Santa Barbara, USA, October 25-29 2004; invited talk

  • Frontiers in Computational Astrophysics, Wengen, Switzerland, September 26-30 2004; invited talk

  • RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Leiden, Netherlands, September 12-16 2004; contributed talk

  • CMB and the First Objects at the End of the Dark Ages: Observational Consequences of Reionization, Leiden, Netherlands, April 26-28 2004; invited talk

  • RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Ile d’Oleron, France, September 6-12 2003; contributed talk

  • Multiwavelength Cosmology, Mykonos, Greece, June 17-20 2003; contributed talk

  • Workshop on the Topology of Reionization, Tucson, USA, March 20-22 2003; invited talk

  • VII Congresso Nazionale di Cosmologia, Monte Porzio Catone, Italy, November 5-8 2002; contributed talk

  • RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Gargonza, Italy, September 14-18 2002; contributed talk

  • Joint Seminar Italy-Japan: Formation of the First Generation of Galaxies and Cosmological Implications, Florence, Italy, July 8-10 2002; invited talk

  • Early Cosmic Structures Formation and the End of the Dark Ages, Marciana Marina, Italy, June 4-7 2002; invited talk

  • The Side-effects of Star formation, Leiden, Netherlands, May 6-7 2002; contributed talk

  • The Evolution of Galaxies. II. Basic Building Blocks, Ile de la Reunion, France, October 16-21 2001; contributed talk

  • RTN Network: The Physics of the Intergalactic Medium, Eibsee, Germany, October 6-11 2001; contributed talk

  • A New Era in Cosmology, Durham, England, September 11-15 2001; contributed talk

  • Lighthouses of the Universe: Most Luminous Celestial Objects and their Use for Cosmology, Garching, Germany, August 6-10 2001

  • TMR 2000, Durham, England, September 5-10 2000; contributed talk

  • The Physics of Galaxy Formation, Tsukuba, Japan, July 3-7 2000; contributed talk

  • Deep Millimeter Surveys: Implication for the Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Amherst (MA), U.S.A., June 19-21 2000; contributed talk

  • Jenam 2000, Moscow, Russia, May 29-June 3 2000; invited talk in plenary session

  • The First Generation of Cosmic Structures, Cambridge (MA), U.S.A., May 15-18 2000; poster presentation

  • Sixth Cosmological National Congress, Asiago, Italy, June 22-24 1999; contributed talk

  • Building Galaxies: from the Primordial Universe to the Present, Les Arcs, France, March 13-20 1999; contributed talk

  • Workshop on Millimetric and Submillimetric Astronomy in Italy, Florence, Italy, October 28-29 1998; contributed talk

  • The Birth of Galaxies, Blois, France, June 29-July 4 1998; contributed talk

  • Dwarf Galaxies and Cosmology, Les Arcs, France, March 14-21 1998

  • H2 in the Early Universe, Florence, Italy, December 4-6 1997; contributed talk

  • 13th IAP Colloquium, Paris, France, July 1-6 1997

  • Cosmic Microwave Background workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 29-31 1997

  • Fifth Cosmological National Congress, Frascati, Italy, December 16-18 1996; contributed talk

  • X-Ray Probing of Complex Gravitational Systems: Galaxies, Groups and Galaxy Clusters, Rome, Italy, November 21-23 1996; poster presentation

  • The Evolution of Low-Luminosity Galaxies and Faint-Blue Galaxies, Baltimore, U.S.A., March 25-27 1996

  • Fourth Cosmological National Congress, Frascati, Italy, November 23-25 1995

  • 14th International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Florence, Italy, August 6-12 1995


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