Change at the top of the European Gravitational Observatory
Stavros Katsanevas and Antonio Masiero have been appointed director and chairman, respectively, of the European Gravitational Observatory – EGO, the laboratory that manages the VIRGO interferometer, funded by CNRS, INFN and Nikhef. They were appointed at the end of Federico Ferrini’s seven-year term as director of the EGO consortium.
“It was a complex and challenging period,” said Ferrini, “that was crowned, with great satisfaction for all of us, by the success achieved by Advanced Virgo in August 2017, when our interferometer detected gravitational waves for the first time.”
“I feel privileged and honoured to become the director of EGO after Federico,” said Stavros Katsanevas, professor at Paris Denis Diderot University, who has worked at Fermilab, CERN, INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory and at the NESTOR underwater observatory. “The extraordinary achievement of EGO-VIRGO has been a success not only for the gravitational wave sector but for the whole field of astroparticle physics, implementing the key recommendations of the APPEC roadmap.”
Antonio Masiero, INFN vice president, chairman of APPEC and professor of theoretical physics at the University of Padova, will lead the EGO Council, the decision-making body of the consortium, taking the place of Berrie Giebels.
“Presiding over the EGO Council at this moment represents an important and exciting challenge,” said Antonio Masiero, INFN vice president. “The challenge for EGO will be to enable the European Gravitational Observatory to play a leading role within this global infrastructure, by promoting and enhancing the great human, scientific and technological resources of European science in this vital field of research.”