Dr Manuela Cirilli is currently the Medical Applications Advisor in CERN’s Knowledge Transfer (KT) group, and is an expert in the application of particle physics technologies in the healthcare domain – in particular in cancer radiotherapy and medical imaging. She also leads the Communication and Training section of the group.
Manuela joined the KT group in 2010 as technical coordinator of a project on medical imaging, and has since then occupied various strategic roles at CERN, including as deputy KT group leader for 5 years. Prior to this, she has been a researcher in experimental particle physics, with an MSc and a PhD in particle physics and extensive experience in detector construction and commissioning, data analysis, and databases.
In parallel to her scientific career, Manuela has been engaging in science communication and popularisation since the early 2000s, for a variety of audiences and stakeholders of all ages, always actively involved in promoting STEM careers among young women and girls. This passion led her to also obtain a Master in Science Communication and Journalism, and to teach courses in science communication, science writing, and public speaking.