Dr David Sobral FHEA FRAS

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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. See my research webpage. I discover and study some of the most distant, early galaxies and anyone can try to find distant galaxies with the same data that we use! 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. See my Google Scholar page or my ADS list of all my publications and my CV here.

I provide a range of opportunities for students to experience and share state-of-the-art research, particularly by running the XGAL internships: https://xgalweb.wordpress.com. Since 2016, I have been able to take 3-5 students/year to observe in professional telescopes in La Palma: know more about it here. I also run the Astrophysics group project (PHYS369) in which students report on their research experiences and get their results published in our journal Notices of Lancaster University Astrophysics, NLUAstro (Freely available).

LancAstrophysics 2019 (LancAstro 2019)
Participation in conference

Invited review talk, Extremely big eyes on the early Universe, Rome, Italy
Invited talk

Invited seminar: UCM Madrid - Exploring the Early Universe with the largest emission lines
Invited talk

Talk: Resolving the UV and [CII] structure of EoR luminous galaxies with HST & ALMA
Oral presentation

Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (Journal)
Editorial activity

Contributed talk: Cosmic Web of Galaxies in the COSMOS Field - how does the environment matter?
Oral presentation

Visits to professional telescopes - 2019, La Palma, Spain
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Solving the mystery of our cosmic origins - Bolton School, UK
Invited talk

Invited public talk for the IAU Symposium, Sa de Miranda Theatre, Viana, Portugal
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Discussion lead, IAUS 352
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Invited talk, LEGA-C collaboration meeting, Ghent, Belgium
Invited talk

The quest for our cosmic origins
Invited talk

Invited talk - ESO Users committe
Invited talk

Lancaster-Nova-Cambridge workshop
Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Nature vs nurture and large scale structure
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

ETH Zurich: Invited seminar
Invited talk

The quest for our cosmic origins" public Talk
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Finding distant galaxies - Y10 activities
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Hope & the Future: a cosmic perspective
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Early stages of Galaxy Cluster Formation 2020
Participation in conference

Invited talk, CASTOR team meeting, IfA, Edinburgh
Invited talk

Invited seminar at MSSL-UCL
Invited talk

Dark matter and why it matters: Dark Matter Day
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

Our brilliant cosmic origins and our dark future
Invited talk

LancAstrophysics 2018 (LancAstro 2018)
Participation in conference

Master classes: discover CR7 and other distant galaxies
Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

Invited seminar, High energy seminar @ CfA, Harvard
Invited talk

Harvard-ITC luncheon talk: "Re-ionisation is solved: LAEs are all we need:
Invited talk

Alejandro Lumbreras Calle
Hosting a Student (PhD)

Pablo Arrabal Haro
Hosting a Student (PhD)

Antonia Zikou
Hosting a Student (Masters)

The quest of our cosmic origins
Public Lecture/ Debate/Seminar

CR7 and other bright distant galaxies
Invited talk

Invited plenary talk, XIII SEA meeting, Salamanca, Spain
Invited talk

Invited talk/review: ‘The early growth of supermassive black holes’
Invited talk

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

Uncovering early galaxy evolution in the ALMA and JWST era: IAU Symposium 352
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

Ana Paulino-Afonso
Hosting a Student (PhD)

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

IfA Edinburgh (External organisation)
Member of Advisory Panel For Social Community and Cultural Engagement

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

"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

Severo Ochoa Program of Visiting Researchers
National/international honour

Founder of Young Scientists Alumni (JC Alumni)
Appointment

Barreiro Reconhecido
National/international honour

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

  • Observational Astrophysics