Planetary Atmospheres Group

Meet the team


Piccialli Arianna
  • Senior scientist
  • Dynamics & circulation; thermal structure; outreach

Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information

Main research fields

I am a planetary scientist interested in (exo-)planetary atmospheres, in particular those of Venus and Mars. I acquired a strong expertise in the analysis of data from several remote sensing experiments on board the European orbiters Mars Express, Venus Express, and ExoMars-TGO.

(exo-)Planetary atmospheres, terrestrial planets (Venus, Mars), atmospheric composition, dynamics & circulation, thermal structure, space research, remote sensing, data analysis, science communication & outreach, gender & diversity in science.


Scientific community services

Education & public outreach


Short bio

I am an astrophysicist, originally from Naples, in Italy, and since many years, my career has brought me to live in 5 different countries around Europe. I started with a PhD in Germany at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen, followed by a first postdoc in The Netherlands at the European Space Agency (ESTEC) in Noordwijk and later on I moved to Paris, where I worked at Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales (LATMOS, Gyancourt, France) and at the Astronomical Observatory of Paris.

I strongly believe that as scientists we should consider further ways to create an inclusive workplace for all. As a researcher and as a woman in science I am convinced of the importance of combining my research activity with that of science outreach. This is why since my PhD studies I have been involved in public engagement and mentoring activities directed to different public.

I am the Diversity Benelux officer of the Europlanet Society. Since Europlanet Science Congress 2020, I am the coordinator of the Planetary Science Wiki Edit-a-thon to highlight diversity within the planetary science community.

Following my passion for science communication, in 2021 I enrolled at the Master in “Journalism and institutional communication of science”, and in February 2023 I discussed my thesis with the title “Climate change in 'La Stampa': analysis from the newspaper archive from 1867 to 2006”. Since then I am writing for the Italian webmagazine Agenda 17.

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