Caterina Petrillo is full professor with a Chair in Experimental Physics at the University of Perugia where she led the Department of Physics for 5 years (2009-2013) and the Department of Physics and Earth Science for 3 years (2014- 2016).
A physicist by training, she began her research career in condensed matter physics, largely benefitting of neutron and Xray scattering techniques available at the European large-scale facilities, where she also contributed to design and construction of neutron instruments and components. She served as a member of several scientific evaluation and advisory committee (ESRF-SAC, ESFRI-PSE, ESFRI-NLG, H2020-RI Advisory Group, Helmholtz Association, Research Foundation Flanders FWO) and governing bodies of international research facilities (Institut Laue-Langevin, the European Spallation Source ESS), both as a scientific expert and an appointed representative of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR). She also served as the appointed Italian Delegate to the Programme Committee Research Infrastructures of FP7 and the Vice-Chair (elected) of the ESS Council. Caterina Petrillo is a member of the Italian Delegation to the Group of Senior Officials of the G8-5 on Global Research Infrastructures. Recently, she has been nominated the representative of the Research Ministry in the Board of Directors of the INFN and a member of the Italian delegation to the ESFRI Forum. She has been elected by the University Senate as one of the members of the Executive Board of the University of Perugia. She has a broad experience of global facilities and the strategies for their long-term sustainability.