Edwige Pezzulli

🚀 Edwige Pezzulli is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Astrophysics of Rome, working on the Public Outreach of AHEAD2020 project!

How do you describe your journey in astronomy so far?

📣 I obtained my PhD in Astrophysics at Sapienza University of Rome, working on the formation of the first black holes in the Universe together with their host galaxies, with a theoretical approach. In 2019 I was supposed to move to the US, after I won a three-year research assistant position at the University of Miami, but I could not. So I decided to remain in Italy, focusing on an overwhelming passion: science communication.

Why did you choose to study astrophysics?

📣 I grew up in a family that taught me to be curious and open-minded. I chose physics and astrophysics because it seemed the most natural choice to broaden my horizon, devoted to discussing the smallest entities in the Universe to infinity.

Do you have a favorite scientific theory?

📣 More than a discovery, I have a favorite astrophysical theory: General Relativity. “Spacetime tells matter how to move and matter tells spacetime how to curve”, as said by John Archibald Wheeler.

Why is AHEAD2020 important to you?

📣 Because it is important that individual efforts be pooled so that the results multiply rather than add up.

What is the best word describing Astronomy?

📣 “Beyond”

#AHEAD2020 is a consortium aimed at integrating and opening research infrastructures across Europe for High Energy Astrophysics, Multi-Messenger Astronomy and also Gravitational Waves. Discover more about AHEAD2020 and the Hot and Energetic Universe by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbT4o3-FRII&ab_channel=AHEAD2020