The “Cattedra Galileiana” for the academic year 2011/2012 has been assigned to Avi Loeb, an eminent astrophysicist and cosmologist at the University of Harvard.

This program of lectures dedicated to Galileo, a native of Pisa, is assigned on a year-by-year basis and is supported by Friends of the Scuola Normale.

Top scientists from around the world, on the recommendation and through the Scuola Normale, are awarded the “Cattedra Galileiana” and invited to a period in Pisa, to discuss the latest developments of their research in a series of lectures.

Professor Loeb’s lectures will take place on June 26 and 27, and July 3 and 4.

The lectures will be streamed live on (


Lecture I: Structure Formation in the Universe. Basic principles of the standard model of cosmology, and the growth of structure in our cosmic past and future.
Lecture II
: The First Galaxies and Reionization. Overview of the current research frontier concerning the first galaxies and their effects on the rest of the Universe.
Lecture III
: A Closer Look at Black Holes. The physics of astrophysical black holes and new techniques to probe the strong gravity around them.
Lecture IV: Future Frontiers in Cosmology from a Galilean Perspective. Overview of emerging frontiers in cosmology, and advice to young researchers regarding how to choose among them.

> Biography prof. Loeb

> Program and Timetable  (PDF)