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Francesca Zuccarello
Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy “Ettore Majorana”
University of Catania, Via S. Sofia 78, 95123 Catania, Italy

Birth Place, Country:
Misterbianco (Catania), Italy

Academic Details:
Master Degree in Physics, Thesis title: “Differential rotation of the Sun deduced from young sunspot- groups”, University of Catania, 1978

Career overview:
Researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Catania University (10/1983 – 10/2001); Research Fellow, CNR, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (01/1984 – 12/1984); Associate Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Catania University (10/2001 – present)

Current research focus:
Emergence and evolution of active regions in the solar atmosphere; effects of solar transients on Space Weather.

Area of expertise:
Analysis of high resolution spectropolarimetric observations; evolution of solar active regions.

Area of interests:
Solar flares: precursors, magnetic energy storage, magnetic field configuration, multi-wavelength analysis, correlation with CMEs. Emergence and evolution of active regions: high resolution spectropolarimetric observations of emerging flux, interaction between the emerging flux and the ambient magnetic field, moving magnetic features. Space Weather: impact of CMEs on the circum-terrestrial environment

Leader of Work Package 3; Team Leader of University of Catania
Role in PRE-EST: Team Leader of University of Catania

What do you like to do when not doing science?
Listening to music, watching movies, swimming, gardening.

A dose of motivation: Think about yourself as a diamond: let your skills and your light go through and enlighten everything around you.

What attributes to do you believe are important to doing your job?
Open-mindedness, creativity and curiosity