Roberto Emparan

Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I'm originally from Bilbao. I got both my BSc (in June 1990) and my PhD (in November 1995) in Physics from the University of the Basque Country. In January 1996 I went to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for my first postdoc. Two years later, I moved to Durham University, in northern England, for a second postdoc. Near the end of 1999 I took up a lecturer position back in Bilbao, under a new (but flawed) program for recovering young researchers. I took leave from there in January 2001 to move to a Fellow position at CERN (the European Lab for Particle Physics, outside Geneva). Since January 2003 I have been ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Fundamental Physics at Universitat de Barcelona. In 2016 I was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

Research interests

I try to understand the nature of spacetime at its most fundamental level. We know since Einstein that, due to the existence of gravity, spacetime is a dynamical entity. So I study the classical and quantum aspects of gravity and its most basic objects: the black holes. The natural starting point is the theory of General Relativity and the theories that naturally incorporate the ideas of holographic spacetime, namely, String and M-Theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence.

Selected publications

- Emparan R, Fernandez-Pique A & Luna R 2017, 'Geometric polarization of plasmas and Love numbers of AdS black branes', Journal Of High Energy Physics, 9, 150.

Selected research activities

Plenary talks at

Recent Developments in General Relativity, Jerusalem; 22nd European String Workshop, Milano; Iberian Gravitational Wave Meeting 2017, Bilbao; IX CPAN Days, Santander

Invited talks at

Albert Einstein Institute, Potsdam; STAG Research Centre, Southampton; Erwin Schrödinger Institute, Vienna; Perimeter Institute, Canada; IST Lisbon; EREP 2017, Málaga

Organizer of workshop "Gravity: New perspectives from strings and higher dimensions" at Benasque Center for Science, July 2017


Conference at FCR Programme Dia de la Ciència a les Escoles 2017. Two journal interviews (Agencia SINC, El Periódico). One radio interview. One public talk. One public exhibit+website (as advisor).

Member of the Committee of the International Society on General Relativity and Gravitation

Management Committee Member (Spain representative) and Working Group Leader of COST Action MP1210 "The String Theory Universe"

Guarantor of ICCUB for María de Maeztu Award

Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of High Energy Physics and International Journal of Modern Physics D

Panel member in ERC-2017 Starting Grants

Panel member for Research evaluation of Physics at Amsterdam Universities

MSc thesis supervisor of A. Fernández-Piqué and A. Díaz, U. Barcelona