Imaging of Matter
Francesca Calegari is new CUI spokesperson
16 May 2023
Photo: DESY, Gesine Born
Prof. Franscesca Calegari is a new spokesperson of the Cluster of Excellence "CUI: Advanced Imaging of Matter". Together with Prof. Henry Chapman and Prof. Klaus Sengstock, she will present the cluster to the outside world and help prepare the future strategy.
A three-person team at the helm of the cluster has proven to be very effective in view of the diverse tasks. At their most recent meeting, the project leaders elected Prof. Francesca Calegari as spokesperson. The senior scientist at DESY and professor at the Department of Physics at Universität Hamburg was already responsible for the area of equal opportunity and diversity on the board and will initially continue to oversee this area.
For many years, Prof. Horst Weller played a key role in shaping the fortunes of the cluster and its predecessor, "The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging" (CUI). After his retirement, Prof. Calegari succeeded him in the three-person team. “I feel deeply honored to have been elected as a new speaker of the cluster, and to take on the responsibility that comes with it. CUI-AIM has been my home since I moved to Hamburg, and within the cluster, I have had the privilege of forging exciting new collaborations and tackling novel scientific challenges. I see lots of excitement ahead and, together with this excellent team of scientists, I am truly committed to work for the preparation of a competitive new proposal,” Francesca Calegari says.
Calegari is very familiar with the research landscape at the Hamburg Bahrenfeld science campus. In 2014, the Italian-born physicist conducted research as a visiting scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter; since 2016, she has been a senior scientist at DESY and a professor at Universität Hamburg. In 2022, she took over the chairmanship of the board of PIER, the strategic partnership between Universität Hamburg and DESY; she is also one of the spokespersons of the Helmholtz-Lund International Graduate School (HELIOS), which is jointly run by DESY, Universität Hamburg and Lund University.
The focus of her research is to track and, in the best case, control electron dynamics in systems of increasing complexity from simple molecules to molecules of biological interest and nanostructured materials in real time. To this end, the Attoscience group she leads is developing state-of-the-art compact light sources with extreme time resolution.