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Prof Antonella De Santo

Post:Professor Of Physics (Physics and Astronomy)
Other posts:Professor of Physis (Experimental physics)
Location:PEVENSEY 2 4A12

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678115
International:+44 1273 678115

Research expertise:
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  • 2013 -          : Professor of Physics, University of Sussex, UK
     (Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award Holder, 2017-2022)
  • 2009 - 2013  : Reader in Experimental Particle Physics, University of Sussex, UK
  • 2003 - 2009  : Lecturer in Physics, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • 2000 - 2003  : Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
  • 1998 - 1999  : Research Fellow, Experimental Physics Division, CERN, Switzerland
  • 1997             : Research Fellow, U. of Pisa, Italy & LAPP, France; visiting scientist, CERN, Switzerland


  • 1997  : PhD, University of Pisa, Italy
  • 1993  : MPhys ("Laurea in Fisica"), Summa cum laude, University of Pisa, Italy


  • Sussex ATLAS Team Leader (2009-)


  • Head of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics (2012-2017)
  • Director of Doctoral Studies, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Sussex (2015-2017)

Community and Business

Peer Reviewing

I am a firm believer in the value of rigorous peer-reviewing of science and I am glad to offer my expert services to the community when required.

I have served on the following committees:

  • From 1 Oct 2017: Elected member of the ATLAS Collaboration Speakers Committee
  • 2016-current: Non-core member of STFC Science Board (PPAN)
  • 2015-2017: Elected member of the ATLAS Collaboration Publication Committee
  • 2011-2015: Member of the STFC Particle Physics Grants Panel
  • 2007-2010: Member of the STFC Project Peer-Review Panel (core member 2008-2009)
  • 2009-2011: Chair of the SEPnet Radiation Detection and Instrumentation research theme.
  • 2009: Member of the SEPnet NExT Steering Committee

I have also acted as expert reviewer for, amongst others, the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, the Royal Society, the Canada Council for the Arts , the Israel Science Foundation.

Public Engagement and Community

I very much enjoy sharing my passion for science by initiating or taking part in physics outreach activities, both regionally and nationally.

I initiated the Sussex version of the International Particle Physics Masterclasses, now an established annual event for our University. Alone or with members of my group, I am or have been active in a number of high-profile science festivals, fairs and exhibitions (the British Science Festival, 2017; the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, 2013 & 2014; the Brighton Science Festival, 2013-; the Big Bang Fair, Birmingham, 2014 & 2015). Occasionally, I talk to media about my research on the Large Hadron Collider.

I like to engage with local schools by giving talks to pupils and teachers when I get an opportunity, and by bringing research projects into the classroom. In collaboration with local school teachers, in 2016/17 I launched the HiSPARC international project ( in East Sussex. I also try to use my talents to take a more active role at the service of the local community, and I am currently a governor at Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary school,in Hove, where I am a link governor for maths and science.