Encieh Erfani

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Encieh Erfani is an Assistant Professor of the Physics Department at the IASBS, Iran since Dec. 2015. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from the Bonn University, Germany in 2012. Her research area is Theoretical Physics and in particular Cosmology. She is a Junior Associate of the ICTP, Italy since January 2017, a TWAS Young Affiliate member since 2018. She was a visiting researcher at ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil under the TWAS fellowship, and also a Post-Doctoral fellow of the School of Physics in the IPM, Iran (Oct. 2012 - May 2015). She did also a one-year Postgraduate Diploma Programme of ICTP (2007-2008). She is the founder of the "Yar-e-Danesh Fund", 2019 which provides financial support to students. She is also on the board of directors of the Iranian Astronomy Society. Studying in three different countries, being familiar with four languages (English, French, Spanish, and German), working in several international institutes and universities, organizing many scientific activities (for the public) provided her with a unique set of skills to communicate, understand problems and find solutions. She is passionate about teaching, promoting science in public, helping young students especially females through international collaborations.

Awards & Affiliations


TWAS Young Affiliate (TYAN), 2018

Junior Associate of ICTP, Italy, 2017

TWAS Fellowship for Research and Advanced Training, 2015

TWAS Fellowship for Research and Advanced Training, 2014

BCGS (Bonn-Cologne Graduate School) Scholarship, 2009

ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme Scholarship, 2007