Panel Discussion: Anomalies in Modern Astronomy Research

Beatriz Villarroel is the project leader of the ”Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations” (VASCO) project where she is searching for vanishing stars and other anomalies in the sky. She received her PhD in Astronomy from Uppsala University in 2017. She is currently an international postdoctoral researcher sharing her time between the Nordisk Institut for Teoretisk Fysik (NORDITA) and Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC). In March 2021, she received the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science prize in Sweden for her research on vanishing stars.

Massimo Teodorani (PhD., Bologna University) is an astrophysicist from North Italy. His Ph.D. in Astronomy from Bologna University is with a specialization in stellar physics. He has been carrying out research on eruptive phenomena in astrophysics, such as supernovas, novas, high-mass close binary stars with neutron star component, black hole candidate binary star systems, strongly eruptive protostars (FU Orionis type), and cataclysmic and pre-cataclysmic stars. He is an expert in photometric and spectroscopic observational techniques. He has been working as a researcher at the INAF Naples Astronomical Observatory and at the INAF Radioastronomic Observatory in Medicina (Bologna). Being experienced both in optical and radio astronomy, in a subsequent phase Dr. Teodorani carried out research on extrasolar planets (search for 22 GHz water MASER line in 57 stellar candidates) and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He is presently a research affiliate of The Galileo Project (Harvard University). Recently Dr. Teodorani taught physics at the Bologna University, and he is a well-known science divulger in Italy about subjects such as astrophysics, quantum physics and anomalistics.

Pavel Kroupa studied physics at the University of Western Australia, Perth, and defended his PhD degree at the University of Cambridge in 1992. After post-doctoral appointments in Heidelberg and Kiel he accepted a professorship at the University of Bonn. He was awarded with a Heisenberg Fellowship, a Leverhulme-Trust Professorship and a Swinburne Visiting Professorship. He is the recipient of the Silver Commemorative Medal of the Senate of the Czech Republic and the Crystal Rose from J.Hradec. Since 2017, he has also been a professorem hospitem at Charles University in Prague. Pavel leads the Bonn-Prague SPODYR group which studies stellar populations, stellar dynamics, star cluster evolution, galactic dynamics, and cosmology. The group is unique in having developed non-LCDM structure formation simulation infrastructure allowing physically-well motivated research on galaxies and the large-scale matter distribution.

Martín López Corredoira received a PhD in Physics at the Univeristy La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) in 1997 and a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Seville (Spain) in 2003. Since 2011, he has been a is permanent staff researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias in Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). He is author of around a hundred papers on galaxies and cosmology in international refereed scientific journals, half of them as first author; and more than 50 articles on philosophy and humanities or social topics. He is the main editor of Against the Tide: A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done (2008, Universal Publishers); author of The Twilight of the Scientific Age (2013, BrownWalker Press); author of Fundamental Ideas in Cosmology. Scientific, philosophical and sociological critical perspectives (2022, IoP Publishing), and the main editor of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and the Threat to Academic Freedom (2022, Imprint Academic).

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Published on February 19, 2024