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Maria Longobardi elected American Physical Society Fellow

Dr. Maria Longobardi, scientific coordinator at the National Center of Competence in Research SPIN at the Department of Physics, University of Basel has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). With her election, the APS honors her work in fostering international relationships between scientists.

04 November 2022

Portrait of Dr. Maria Longobardi
Dr. Maria Longobardi (Photo: NCCR SPIN)

The APS awarded Dr. Maria Longobardi the distinction of APS Fellow. The physicist was recognized “for the support and promotion of early-career scientists and international relationships through unflagging efforts to bring people together and publicize high-quality research from all corners of the world.“

In 2016, Longobardi founded the Forum for Early Career Scientists (FECS) at the APS. The forum supports and connects international scientists from different fields in the early stages of their careers. The FECS has now become the second-largest APS unit. She has also taken on several leadership roles at the APS since 2012. Longobardi is currently Chair of the Committee for Informing the Public, and of the Topical Group on Data Science.

“We are extremely proud of her vision and commitment to advance and diffuse high-quality research by spurring young talent and fostering and solidifying meaningful cooperation and congratulate her on this remarkable achievement,” the APS said.

Degrees in Physics and Microbiology

Maria Longobardi joined the University of Basel in 2021 as a scientific coordinator for the National Center of Competence in Research SPIN. She earned her doctorate in Physics at the University of Salerno in Italy in joint supervision with the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010. She then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology and as a researcher at the University of Geneva. She also obtained a MAS in Microbiology from the University of Geneva in 2016, before returning to the Physics Department in 2020. 

In addition to her research, Longobardi worked as an editor for the launch of the scientific journal Nature Reviews Physics and was the Chief International Relations Officer at the Beijing Academy of Quantum Information Science in China from 2019 to 2021.

The Fellowship

The APS Fellowship Program recognizes outstanding individuals in the physics community who have contributed to advances in physics through original research, innovative applications, teaching, and leadership.

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