Roberto Trotta is a theoretical cosmologist at Imperial College London, where he studies dark matter, dark energy and the Big Bang, and a Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Public Engagement Fellow. After obtaining an MSc (Hons) in physics from ETH Zurich and a PhD in theoretical physics from the University of Geneva, he moved to the University of Oxford, where he was the Norman Lockyer Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Junior Fellow of St Anne's College. In 2008 he was appointed to Imperial College, where he is currently the director of the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication.
An Elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association, Trotta is the recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and science communication, including the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University and an Imperial College President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him one of their 100 Global Thinkers – for 'junking astronomy jargon'.