Course trainer details

Dr Marialuisa Aliotta

External consultant

Marialuisa Aliotta obtained her PhD in 1999 from the University of Catania (Italy). She then spent two years at the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow before accepting a permanent Lecturership position in 2001 at the University of Edinburgh. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2008, to Reader in 2013, and to Full Professor in 2016.

Marialuisa’s research interests are in the area of experimental nuclear astrophysics and she performs studies of nuclear reactions important for stellar evolution at various national and international laboratories, including at the underground accelerator of the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy.

Her passion for academic writing began during her undergraduate studies, and further strengthened throughout her career as she started supervising undergraduate and postgraduate students and realized that their struggles were the same as the ones she had faced as a student. She now offers a residential 3-day course for Physics students in Scotland sponsored by SUPA and also an online course on Hands on Writing: How to Master Academic Writing (in the Sciences).

She also runs the blog ‘Academic Life - Resources for aspiring and (established) academics ( and offers personalised support to PhD students and early career researchers through her mentoring packages (  Further information on her academic career can be found at:  (Links will open in a new browser window.)