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I'm a PhD student at the University of Reading and a scientist at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK).

My main research topic aims at improving rainfall forecasts for hydro-meteorological extremes such as flash floods. I'm also interested in how to improve the communication of low-probability, high-impact weather with the public.

Study & Work Experience

Oct 2007 - Nov 2011

Oct 2011 - Nov 2014

Sep 2013 - Dec 2013

Aug 2014

Jan 2015 - Dec 2015

Jan 2016 - Aug 2017

Sep 2017 - Ongoing

Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering

Master Degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Hydraulics

Exchange programme at Duke University (Durham, NC, USA)

Internship at Deltares

Internship as Hydrological & Hydraulic modeller at the firm of Engineer Michele Territo (Cagliari, Italy)

Graduate Trainee at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK)

Part-time PhD student at University of Reading and Part-Time contractor at the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (Reading, UK)


    Hewson TD., Pillosu FM. 2021. A new low-cost technique improves weather forecasts across the world. Commun. Earth Environ. 2:132.


    Hewson, TD., Salis S., Cadau EG., Secci D., Pillosu F. 2021. Major flash floods in Sardinia in November 2020. ECMWF Newsl. 167.

     Pillosu F., Modigliani U., Magnusson L., Calvelo MB., Sterponi L., Ramos MH., Valderrama P. 2017. ECMWF supports flood disaster response in Peru. ECMWF Newsl. 152.


     Pillosu F., Hewson T. 2017. New point-rainfall forecasts for flash flood prediction. ECMWF Newsl. 153.

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