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Professor Silvia Dalla

Professor of Solar Physics
School of Natural Sciences
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Silvia Dalla joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 and is currently a Professor. She is research active in the are of astrophysics and is a member of the Solar Physics Research Group. Her interest in solar physics focuses specifically the study of powerful flares on the Sun and their effects on the Earth environment. She contributes to teaching in the physics and astronomy distance learning programmes.

Prof Dalla is part of the Solar Physics group of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute and her research focuses on large energy release events on the Sun called solar flares and Coronal Mass Ejections. She carries out analysis of measurements of solar energetic particles taken by spacecraft and is also involved in computer simulations of their propagation from the Sun to regions near the Earth. This work has applications in Space Weather forecasting. Her research involves analysis of data from spacecraft such as ESA's Solar Orbiter and NASA's Parker Solar Probe. Silvia contributes to teaching in the Astronomy distance learning and Physics programmes. Further information about Silvia’s research can be found here.

Silvia Dalla joined the University of Central Lancashire in 2007 after having held post-doctoral research appointments at Imperial College London and the University of Manchester. Her research has received funding from the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the European Union. She has served on Royal Astronomical Society Award panels and she is a member of the UK Space Agency Solar Missions Post Launch Support Committee.

  • PhD Physics, South Bank University, 1998
  • MPhys Physics, University of Milan, 1992
  • Solar Energetic Particles / Solar Eruptions / Space Weather
  • Fellow Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of Institute of Physics
  • Chartered Physicist