Dr David Sobral FHEA FRAS

Lecturer in Astrophysics

Research Overview

I conduct a wide range of observations at various wavelengths and use the best telescopes in the world (and in space) in order to understand how galaxies like our own Milky-Way formed and evolved from the primitive Universe till today. I also look for and study some of the most distant, early galaxies. Most of my research is done by conducting and exploring some of the largest/widest narrow-band surveys ever done, particularly for sources with emission lines which result from either very hot, young stars, or super-massive black holes. Due to the uniform and self-consistent selection, galaxies found with the narrow-band technique across cosmic time are ideal to understand how they have changed accross cosmic time, but also to conduct detailed follow-up studies that can really unveil the physics and nature of distant sources. ADS list of all my publications.

I'm also keen to provide the opportunity for students to experience state-of-the-art research, particularly by running the XGAL internships: https://xgalweb.wordpress.com.

Time is precious
Festival/Exhibition/Concert

Invited talk at the J-PAS collaboration meeting
Invited talk

Visits to Professional Astronomical Observatories for students
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Native Explorers: Outreach without borders and workshops
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Masterclass in Astrophysics
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

THE INTERSTELLAR MEDIUM OF HIGH REDSHIFT GALAXIES
Invited talk

EWASS 2018 - Exploring the high-redshift Universe in advance of JWST
Participation in conference

The sky is not the limit: It is only the starting point in the quest for our origins
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The sky is not the limit: It is only the starting point in the quest for our origins
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

National Astronomy Meeting 2019
Participation in conference

Public lecture/conference: "The sky is not the limit" with Dr. David Sobral from Lancaster University
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited lecture in yearly Astronomy festival in Portugal (Astrofesta)
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Observational Astronomy in Lancaster
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Time travelling across the Universe from Lancaster
Invited talk

Merseyside Astronomy Day: Talk - The light at the end of the cosmic dark ages
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Escola Secundaria Antonio Damasio
School Engagement

Public Debate
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

The Snowbird Cosmic Lyman-Alpha Workshop
Participation in conference

Liceu Camões
School Engagement

Exploring the early Universe with the largest emission-line surveys
Invited talk

Out of this world: the light at the end of the cosmic dark ages
Invited talk

Out of this world: the light at the end of the cosmic dark ages
Invited talk

"Galaxy formation and evolution": In the news - FST public lecture, The Storey
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited Seminar at U. Portsmouth, UK
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Seminar
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

The Higher Education Academy
Visiting an external academic institution

Seminar
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

SOC member and organiser of High-z session at NAM, Nottingham (2016)
Participation in conference

Invited talk
Invited talk

Invited talk, Spectroscopy through the ages, Leiden
Invited talk

SOC member: “Escape of Lyman radiation from galactic labyrinths”
Participation in conference

Invited seminar, U. Stockholm
Invited talk

J-PAS meeting
Participation in conference

Contributed talk, RAS High-z specialist meeting
Participation in conference

Contributed talk, The re-ionisation epoch, Aspen, USA
Participation in conference

Lancaster University Master class
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

ESO (External organisation)
Membership of committee

Invited seminar, U. Warwick, UK
Invited talk

Contributed talk, RAS specialist meeting, London, UK
Participation in conference

Science (Journal)
Publication peer-review

From the Big Bang to the Milky Way - reaching 700 students
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Astrophysical Journal Letters (Journal)
Publication peer-review

ESO (External organisation)
Member of an organisation

Astronomy and Astrophysics (Journal)
Publication peer-review

The Astrophysical Journal (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Journal)
Publication peer-review

Science outreach collaborator
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement

"Face of the year 2015" Prize ("Rosto do Ano 2015") - overall prize
Prize (including medals and awards)

Elected Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, FRAS
Election to learned society

Best in Science 2015 - Premios NOVOS
Prize (including medals and awards)

Founder of Young Scientists Alumni (JC Alumni)
Appointment

Severo Ochoa Program of Visiting Researchers
National/international honour

Elected board member of the Portuguese Astronomical Society
Election to learned society

Observational Astrophysics

Observational Astrophysics

B006c, B - Floor, Physics Building

Mathematical Physics, Theoretical Particle Cosmology

  • Observational Astrophysics