While I had a great time at the University of Portsmouth, I decided to accept an offer to go back to Italy, so I moved my lab to Messina, Italy.
I am taking up a research-only permanent position at the Italian National Research Council (CNR). This organisation is somewhat similar to the German Max Planck or the Australian CSIRO in the way it is organized. I am working at an institute called IRBIM, in its main branch in Messina (which is in Sicily). In the gallery, you can see both the institute and the view from the institute premises (there is a small beach just steps away from the main building).
I look forward to this new adventure and starting developing my lab and research here back in Sicily!