Sara Lombardo was Reader in Mathematics at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Graduating with the highest honours (cum Laude) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, she was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Leeds, UK, in 2004.
Prior to joining Northumbria University Sara worked as a research scholar in England (University of Leeds, University of Kent and Manchester University) and in the Netherlands (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), where she received various awards (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research VENI award, 2007; Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology Embark award, 2007; EPSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008).
Sara is an internationally recognised expert in the field of integrable partial differential equations and her research spans across mathematical physics, algebra and analysis. In particular her work focuses on nonlinear dynamics, with emphasis on integrable systems and nonlinear waves, both from a theoretical view point and from the point of view of their applications.
Aside from her mathematical achievements, Sara is an active ambassador in encouraging girls and women to pursue a career in science. She has given more than 20 talks on unconscious bias and awareness initiatives (in the UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands). Since 2012 she works closely with the Equality Challenge Unit, as Athena SWAN awards panel member as well as chair of panels.