Dr. ​Gianluca Sarri
Lecturer in Physics at Queen's University Belfast, UK
Esteem: International Committees, Reviewing and all the like...

Academic work is not only about teaching and research, but also about the reputation that one can build internationally. It is hard to quantify, but there are certain parameters that can help; for instance, presence at international committees and panels, reviewing and editing scientific journals, and organising conferences. Below some of these activities are listed:

1.   Member of the Scientific Committee for the Ex-HILP conference 2017 (Lisbon): The conference was held in September 2017 at the Istituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, a leading centre for theoretical physics world-wide. The conference gathered most of the major experts in ultra-high intensity laser-plasma interactions. The website of the conference is available here.

2.   Reviewer for the Engineering and Physical Science Researc Council (EPSRC), UK:   This a major funding body of the UK  government ( website here). At the time of deciding which scientific project should be funded, each body relies on the opinion of experts on the field. 

3.   Co-orgainser of the Conference Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics (Ex-HILP) : The conference was held in July 2015           at the Max-Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany, one of the most prestigious centres for theoretical physics           world-wide. The conference gathered most of the major experts in high-intensity laser-plasma interactions. As a co-orgainser, I was           responsible for the experimental section of the conference. The website of the conference is available here .

4. Guest Editor for the Journal of Plasma Physics : I am responsible, together with Felix Mackenroth of Chalmers University, of a             special issue in the emerging Journal of Plasma Physics  focussed on articles devoted to extremely high-intensity laser interactions               with matter. Details of the special issue can be found here

5. Member of the E6 working group for ELI-NP : The Extreme Light Infrastructure ( ELI) is an Europan project to build the most                extreme lasers ever created. It consists of three facilities: ELI-beamlines, ELI-ALPS, and ELI-NP (Nuclear Physics pillar). I am part of            the international committee assembled to design the E6 lab, the one where the most intense laser-matter experiments ever                            performed will be carried out within the next few years.

6. Member of the scientific committee for EPS 2017 : The European Physical Society ( EPS ) holds an annual conference on plasma        physics, one of the largest world-wide in the field. Each year, a scientific committee, made of experts in each aspect of plasma                          physics, is put together to orgainse all the scientific aspects of the conference.

7.  Reviewer for the National Science Foundation, US: The National Science Foundation ( NSF ) is a major funding body of the US            government. At the time of deciding which scientific project should be funded, each body relies on the opinion of experts on the field. 

8. Member of the Laser-Plasma UK Steering Group:  A Steering group is assembled to promote a specific research area, ussually to      the national government. The Laser-Plasma UK Steering Group is made of only 8 members across the UK and is working actively to            promote laser-plasma acceleration within the UK and lobby the funding body for dedicated funding.