Sara Bonito

2012, Palermo: Osservatorio Astronomico Giuseppe S. Vaiana. © Gerald Bruneau

My main research topic is the study of star forming regions and young stellar objects (YSOs) and their variability, due to e.g. accretion/ejection processes.

I apply an interdisciplinary approach to the invastigation of YSOs, which combines:

– data analysis of multi-band observations (mainly optical and X-ray data)

– numerical simulations describing the physical processes

– interpretation of laboratory experiments of astrophysical objects

Primary Contact of the group Non-degenerate Eruptive Variables of the Science
Collaboration Transients and Variable Stars (TVS) of Vera C. Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST)

Chair of the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion group of TVS in Rubin LSST

co-chair of the Data Preview 0 Task Force of TVS in Rubin LSST

co-I of 2 accepted 4MOST proposals

co-I of 2 accepted JWST proposals

co-I of the Gaia ESO Survey (GES)

Member of the WEAVE Stellar, Circumstellar, and INterstellar Physics (SCIP) team

Member of the Athena X-ray Observatory Star formation and evolution working group

PI of the approved grants proposal to organize next Rubin LSST@Europe in 2022

PI of the approved grants proposal “Young stellar objects and their variability with Rubin LSST:
combining observations and 3D models for a more inclusive Science” (supported by the Preparing for Astrophysics with LSST Program, funded by the Heising Simons Foundation)

PI of the approved grants proposal “JEDI: a training opportunity on Inclusion for the whole
Rubin LSST community” (supported by the Preparing for Astrophysics with LSST Program, funded by the Heising Simons Foundation)

position: staff researcher
affiliation: INAF – Osservatorio Astronomico di Palermo
address: Piazza del Parlamento, 1 90134 Palermo
phone: +39 091 233254
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