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Mainz University


Research Interests


Words of Wisdom

Education and science are human rights.


Encieh Erfani was an Assistant Professor of the Physics Department at the IASBS, Iran since Dec. 2015 and she resigned on Sep. 2022 due to protests in Iran. She obtained her Ph.D. degree from Bonn University, Germany in 2012. Her research area is Theoretical Physics and in particular Cosmology. She is an ISC Fellow (2022), an advisory board of the IAP (2022-2025), and a TWAS Young Affiliate member since 2018. She was a Junior Associate of the ICTP, Italy since January 2017, a visiting researcher at ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil (2015) and UNAM, Mexico (2022) under the TWAS fellowship, and also a Post-Doctoral fellow of the School of Physics in the IPM, Iran. She did also a one-year Postgraduate Diploma Programme of ICTP (2007-2008). She was the founder of the “Yar-e-Danesh Fund“, 2019 which provides financial support to students. She was also on the board of directors of the Iranian Astronomy Society and founder of its female branch. Studying in three different countries, being familiar with four languages (English, French, Spanish, and German), working in several international institutes and universities, and 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, and helping young students, especially females through international collaborations.


International Science Council Fellow, 2022

TWAS Fellowship for Research and Advanced Training, 2021

TWAS Young Affiliate (TYAN), 2018

Junior Associate of ICTP, Italy, 2017

TWAS Fellowship for Research and Advanced Training, 2015

Bonn-Cologne Graduate School Scholarship, 2009