Francesco Sannino

Portrait of Francesco Sannino

Chair of Physics, Co-Director


Phone: (+45) 6550 4318


Professor, Founder & Director of the DNRF Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics Phenomenology: CP³-Origins, Founder & Co-Director of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study

Francesco Sannino is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology, in short CP3-Origins at the University of Southern Denmark. He is also the Founder and Co-director of the Danish Institute for Advanced Study.

Prior to this Francesco has held a scientific associate position at CERN and has been associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. Francesco has held postdoctoral positions at NORDITA in Copenhagen and Yale University in the United States. He has also been young fellow of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nuclear (INFN).

His work crosses several realms of particle physics and cosmology from bright and dark extensions of the standard model and inflationary cosmology to the mathematical underpinning of theories of fundamental interactions.

Francesco is widely recognised for having pioneered the analytical and numerical investigations of the conformal structure of gauge theories of fundamental interactions, for the construction of minimal composite extensions of the standard model, and the recent discovery of four-dimensional asymptotically safe theories.

He has been recognised with numerous awards and prestigious research grants, including the Excellence Team Leader Grant of the European Commission, the Elite Researcher Prize of the Danish Ministry of Science and the Danish National Research Foundation centre’s of excellence grant. Francesco is also foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Since 2014 he has been on an ERC panel for Consolidator Grants for Fundamental Constituents of Matter that includes High Energy Physics, Quantum Information, Cold Atoms, Laser, Plasma and Nuclear Physics. Francesco also served as associate editor of the European Journal of Physics.

At the age of 27, Francesco earned two PhDs in physics, one from Syracuse University in the United States, and the other from the University Federico II in Naples Italy where he also previously earned the Laurea degree.