Prof. Pedro Ferreira

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    University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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    Former editor of the theoretical cosmology section of the Encyclopedia of Space-time and gravitation



    • PhD in Theoretical Physics,Imperial College, London, UK, Advisor: Andreas Albrecht, Topic: Observational Consequences of Cosmological Phase Transitions
    • Licenciatura in Physical Engineering,Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal


    • Associate visiting fellow (by invitation), Higgs Centre, Edinburgh, UK (2012-now)
    • Leverhulme Research Fellowship, UK (2012-2013)
    • Fellow (by invitation) Institute of Physics (IoP) (2010-now)
    • Member of Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) (2009-now)
    • Associate Faculty of African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (by invitation) (2008)
    • University Teaching Award (2007)
    • Royal Society Merit Award (2004)
    • ISI Science Watch, joint 2nd most cited scientist across all fields (2002)

    Current position

    • Director of Beecroft Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (BIPAC), UK
    • Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Oxford

    Noticeable previous positions and professional experiences

    • Member of University Research Fellow Committee, Royal Society, UK (2012-2015)
    • Member of International Network Committee, Royal Society, UK (2007-2010)
    • Member of senior faculty hiring committees, including the Savilian Professorship at Oxford (2000- now)
    • Assessor for ERC consolidator and starting grants (2012-now)
    • Member of Ernest Rutherford Grants Panel, STFC, UK (2013-2015)
    • Member of Astronomy Working Group, ESA (2006-2009)
    • Member of MPLS (Oxford) Communication Strategy Committee (2007-2008)
    • Member of UK Space Sciences Advisory Committee (2006-2009)
    • Member of Astronomy Grants Panel, STFC, UK (2006-2008)
    • Evaluator, Marie Curie Fellowships, FP6, Brussels, Belgium (2002-2004)
    • Member of Academic Committee in Physics, responsible for educational policy (2002-2005)
    • Assessor for PPARC and STFC PDRA and Advanced Fellowships (2005- now)
    • External reviewer for the US NSF and DOE, the CNRS, and the Austrian, Swiss, American, Canadian, Danish, Chilean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Israeli and Georgian Science Foundations (2000-now)
    • Reviewer for Physical Review, Physics Letters, Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics, General Relativity and Gravitation, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Astronomy and Astrophysics (1995- now)
    • External or internal examiner for approximately 60 PhD students in UK, France, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Malta, Portugal and South Africa (2000-now)

    Major Collaborations

    • Member of Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collaboration (2015-now)
    • Member of Cosmology Science Working Group for the SKA (2013-now)
    • Work Package Leader in Euclid Collaboration (2011- now)
    • Member of CBASS collaboration (2010-now)
    • Member of FASTSOUND collaboration (2009-now)
    • Member of Weave collaborations (2009-now)
    • Member of QUIET collaboration (2006-2009)
    • Member of CBI collaboration (2005-2008)
    • Member of BOOMERanG collaboration (1997-2003)
    • Member of MAXIMA collaboration (1997-2003)


    Research interests

    • Cosmology
    • General Relativity
    • Early Universe

    Selected publications

    • Cosmology with a Primordial Scaling Field, P.G. Ferreira and M. Joyce, Physical Review D58, 023503 (1998).
    • A Flat Universe from the High-Resolution Maps of the CMB Radiation, P. De Bernardis and the BOOMERanG collaboration, Nature, 404, 955 (2000).
    • The Vector-Tensor Nature of Beckenstein’s Relativistic Theory of Modified Gravity, T. Zlosnik, P.G. Ferreira and G. Starkmann, Physical Review D74, 044037 (2006)
    • Archipelagian Universe; Dynamics and Observables in a Universe with Discretized Matter Content, T. Clifton and P.G. Ferreira, Physical Review D80 103503 (2009).
    • Eddington’s Theory of Gravity and its Progeny, M. Banados and P.G. Ferreira, Physical Review Letters 105, 011101 (2010)
    • The Parametrized Post-Friedmann framework for theories of modified gravity: concepts, formalism and examples, T. Baker, P.G. Ferreira, C. Skordis, Physical Review D87, 024015 (2012)
    • A search for ultra-light axions using precision cosmological data, R.Hlozek, D.Grin, D.J.E.Marsh, P.G.Ferreira, Phys. Rev. D91, 103512 (2015)
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