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Other Activities


  • 2018-today: Supervisor of postgraduate students at UWarwick
  • 2017-today: Supervisor of final-year research projects at UWarwick (BSc & MPhys)
  • 2014-2017: co-supervisor of graduate students at Leiden University, CU Boulder, and UT Austin
  • 2013-2014: Supervisor of 1st year Master's projects (ULeiden)

Astronomy-related activities

  • Referee for major astrophysical and scientific journals (A&A, AAS, MNRAS, Science)
  • Referee of telescope proposal for Opticon, CanTAC, Italian TAC for LBT-TNG-REM
  • Coordinator of exoplanet group meetings at various institutions

Playing music

Music has always been the most effective way to unleash the irrational part of my personality, and to express those artistic and creative needs that science cannot really fulfill.
I developed my best skills while playing piano and keyboards. I like to experiment with synthesizers and try to emulate the sound of progressive rock bands of the 1970s. Hammond organs, minimoogs, and mellotrons define the type of music I like the most.
I owe most of my knowledge to my uncle, who was a professional musician. Thanks to him I can also play some guitars, bass guitars, and drums. I learned sequencing, multitrack recording, and mixing from sound checks during my live shows, and from visits to small recording studios. With my small personal studio I have composed, arranged and recorded two solo albums: Sogno ad occhi aperti (Daydream) in 2007 and Runaway Effects in 2010.
I got most of my inspiration from the sound of Pink Floyd. Between 2005 and 2009 I joined a tribute project called Division Bell, culminated with a last reunion concert in Pisa, Italy, in March 2013. Former guitarist Edo Scordo is now touring with the world-acclaimed tribute band Brit Floyd.

Watching the sky

Before starting to study astronomy, I spent years observing the sky with a small Newtonian telescope from the countryside of my hometown in Tuscany, one of the few really dark skies left in Italy. The Milky Way sculpting the sky was one of the most fascinating views for me as a child. Retrospectively, I am sure it contributed to feed my interest for the universe and its mysteries. &nbsp