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Prof Matt Griffin


Prof Matt  Griffin Position:Head of School Email:Matt.Griffin ( at )
Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74203
  Webpage:Personal Page.

Research Interests

Far infrared and submillimetre astronomy and instrumentation, especially developing technology and instruments for both ground-based and satellite-borne observatories. Recent and present activities include as Principal Investigator for the Herschel-SPIRE instrument, Coordinator of the SPACEKIDS FP-7 project, Co-I on FP-7 projects HELP (Herschel-related extragalactic astronomy) and FISICA (FIR interferometry technology development), and Co-I on BETTII (balloon-borne FIR interferometry pathfinder).

Measures of Esteem

Invited talks at international conferences since 2010

  • “Herschel-SPIRE: design, in-flight performance, and scientific capabilities”, COSPAR, Bremen, July 2010
  • “Investigating galaxy evolution with FIR space observatories: Herschel and beyond”, Galaxy Evolution: the Infrared to MIllimeter Wavelength Perspective, Guilin, China, Oct. 2010
  • “Future FIR Spectroscopy Facilities: SPICA-SAFARA and FIRI”, Unveiling the FIR and Submillimeter Universe: Herschel, ALMA, CCAT, SPICA, and Beyond, University of California, Irvine, May 2011.
  • “SPICA-SAFARI: the FIR Camera and Spectrometer for the SPICA space observatory”, China-UK/Europe Workshop on Millimetre Waves and Terahertz Technologies, Glasgow, Sept. 2011
  • “Herschel SPIRE and PACS: performance and scientific highlights”, International Symposium on Space Terahertz Technology, Tokyo, April 2012
  • "The Herschel Space Observatory and Beyond", Plenary lecture, COSPAR Symposium, Bankok, Thailand, 11-15 Nov. 2013

Organisation of international conferences since 2010

  • Herschel First Results Symposium (ESLAB 2010), Noordwijk, Netherlands, May 2010 (SOC)
  • Herschel and the Formation of Stars and Planetary Systems, Göteborg, Sept. 2010 (SOC)
  • Stormy Cosmos: The Evolving ISM from Spitzer to Herschel and Beyond, Pasadena, Nov. 2010 (SOC)
  • Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Space Telescope Systems, SPIE Symposia: San Diego, 2010; Amsterdam, 2012 (Co-chair)
  • Astrophysics from radio to sub-millimeter wavelengths – the Herschel view, Bologna, Feb. 2012 (SOC)
  • UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes and Instruments: Innovative Technologies and Concepts VI, San Diego, August 2013 (SOC)
  • The Universe Explored by Herschel, Noordwijk, Oct. 2013 (SOC)

Membership of external committees since 2010:

  • ESF Space Science Advisory Committee (2006-2010)
  • James Clerk Maxwell Telescope Board: Member, 2010 - 2012; Chair 2011-2012
  • STFC Science Board: Deputy Chair, 2010-2012; Chair, 2012 - April 2014
  • UK Space Agency Space Science Advisory Committee: 2011 - present
  • Royal Society Newton Fellowships Panel: 2010 - 2013

Learned societies

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics
  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales


I currently teach the second-year stellar astrophysics course "The Sun and Stars", and organise postgraduate lectures in Astronomy Instrumentation.

Admin Duties

Head of School


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I studied Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin, graduating in 1976, after which I worked in industry before doing a PhD in Astrophysics at Queen Mary College London, graduating in 1985. I remained at Queen Mary until 2001, when I joined the Astronomy Instrumentation Group at Cardiff University.

Postgraduate Students

I currently supervise two Post-Doctoral Research Assistants and one research student.