Dr. Encieh Erfani was an Assistant Professor of Physics at the IASBS, Iran. She resigned on 23 Sep. 2022 due to the events in Iran. She obtained her Ph.D. from Bonn University, Germany (2012). Her research area is theoretical physics with a concentration on cosmology.
She is a Junior Associate of the ICTP, Italy, a TWAS Young Affiliate member, co-chair of the “Preservation of Science” task team of Science in Exile, an executive committee member of the Global Young Academy (2021-2023), and an advisory board of the IAP (InterAcademy Partnership). She was a visiting researcher at ICTP-SAIFR, Brazil, and UNAM, Mexico under the TWAS fellowship, and a postdoctoral fellow at the IPM, Iran.
She was the founder of the Yar-e-Danesh Fund (2019) which provides financial support to students. She was on the board of directors of the Astronomy Society of Iran and the founder of its female branch. She also has extensive scientific outreach and public engagement experience and is passionate about teaching, science diplomacy, science communication, and helping young scholars, especially females.