|"You can really be happy that you are young enough to follow this from start to end."|
Felicitas Pauss studied theoretical physics and mathematics at the University of Graz. After a postdoc at the same university, she worked at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) in Munich changing to the field of experimental particle physics.
Professor Pauss is currently full professor and Head of the Institute for Particle Physics at ETH Zurich. Besides lecturing at the undergraduate and graduate level at ETH Zurich, her research activities concentrate on two main
pillars, particle physics and astroparticle physics, concentrating on the following fundamental questions: How do particles acquire mass (Higgs mechanism)? Are the fundamental forces unified at a very high-energy scale? What is the nature of dark matter? Does antimatter exist in the present universe in a measurable quantity and what is the origin of very high-energy cosmic rays? Answers to these questions should provide a better understanding of the structure of the universe and the underlying mechanisms that govern its evolution.
"With the start up of the Large Hadron Collider, which is really one of the largest, global scientific project ever, it is really a very exciting turning point in particle physics," she says. "We are waiting for brilliant new young theorists and experimentalists
who can do everything to make Einstein's dream come true this century."
|"Archaeologists look into the past at bones. When you do cosmic archaeology you're also looking at the past - but it's alive and kicking."|
Licia Verde grew up in Venice, Italy, and took her undergraduate degree in Padova. After studying for a PhD at Edinburgh in the UK, she moved to the US where she started as a research associate at Rutgers University and Princeton University, later becoming a fellow and finally faculty member. Since September 2007, Licia Verde has been professor at the Instituto de Ciencias de l'Espacio (ICE) in Barcelona.
Professor Verde is an astrophysicist with interest in cosmology. Her research topics include theoretical cosmology, cosmic microwave background, large scale structure, galaxy clusters, statistical applications and data analysis. In 2002-2006, she was directly involved in the analysis and interpretation of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite data. She is currently working on several projects: the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT), the concept study for ADEPT (dark energy measurement) and of the LSST (large scale structure) study group.
"I was not exactly good at maths but I ended up being a professor in astrophysics," she says. "Galileo Galilei said that nature is written in mathematical language - that maths actually describes how nature works."