Name: Juan García-Bellido
Current position: Professor
Affiliation: Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Madrid
What is your field of research?
Cosmology at large, both early and late universe, both theoretical and observational.
What is your career trajectory to date?
PhD UAM Madrid 1992, PDRA Stanford 1993-95, CERN TH Fellow 1996-98, Imperial College URF RS 1998-99, Professor UAM 1999, Visiting Prof UniGE 2009-10.
What are the most exciting open questions in your research area?
Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
What do you like about being a scientist?
I love the intellectual challenges of research on unexplored territory.
Which of your skills are you most proud of, or find most useful?
A broad cosmic vision of the Universe.
In your career so far, at what point were you the most excited, and what were you excited about?
Nowadays on the existence of primordial black holes as the main component of dark matter.
What new skills would you like to learn in the next year?
First hand knowledge inside Virgo of the subsolar mass range of black holes.
What advances or new results are you excited about or looking forward to?
Increased sensitivity of LVK and LSST to detect sub solar mass black holes.
What is the biggest obstacle that is slowing down your research field right now?
Lack of man/woman power.
What role do you think a community network like EuCAPT can play in developing theoretical astroparticle physics and cosmology in Europe?
A fundamental one, in coordinating efforts towards Einstein Telescope.
What’s your favorite food?
How do you like to relax after a hard day of work?
By oil painting.
If you were not a scientist, what do you think you would be doing?
What do you hope to see accomplished scientifically in the next 50 years?
Detection of the B-mode polarization from inflation and the nature of dark energy.
Do you have a family and how do you reconcile both research and family?
By carefully organizing my time, giving both their share.