Olivia Caramello's website


Curriculum Vitae

Date and place of birth: 29th November 1984, Mondovì (Italy)

Nationality: Italian

Dipartimento di Scienza e Alta Tecnologia
Università degli Studi dell'Insubria 
Via Valleggio 11
22100 Como

Istituto Grothendieck ETS
Corso Statuto 24 
12084 Mondovì

Université de Paris-Saclay
CentraleSupélec, Laboratoire MICS
Plateau de Moulon, 3 rue Joliot-Curie 91192 Gif-sur-Yvette

E-mail addresses: olivia@oliviacaramello.com; olivia.caramello@uninsubria.it; olivia.caramello@igrothendieck.org

Academic appointments

01/09/2023 - present Associated researcher at the
Laboratoire MICS of CentraleSupélec
Université de Paris-Saclay (France)
01/10/2022 - present Coordinator of the Centre for Topos Theory and its Applications,
Grothendieck Institute (Italy)
01/06/2020 - present Associate Professor at the
University of Insubria in Como (Italy)
10/03/2022 - present President of the
Grothendieck Institute (Italy)
1/1/2020 - 31/12/2022 Gelfand Chair
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (France)
1/06/2017 - 31/05/2020 Assistant Professor at the
University of Insubria in Como (Italy)
1/12/2016 - 31/05/2017 Post-doctoral researcher
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (France)
1/12/2014 - 30/11/2016 Marie Curie INdAM-COFUND Fellow
Département de mathématiques, Université de Paris 7 (France) and
Department of Mathematics of the University of Milan (Italy)
1/12/2013 - 30/11/2014 CARMIN Fellow
Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (France)
1/10/2013 - 30/11/2013 Visiting researcher
Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn (Germany)
1/10/2010 - 30/09/2013

Research Fellow
Jesus College and DPMMS
University of Cambridge (U.K.)
1/10/2009 - 30/09/2010

Junior Visitor
Centro Di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)

Academic qualifications

Editorial responsibilities

Editor of Logica Universalis

Editor of Advanced Studies: Euro-Tbilisi Mathematical Journal

Extended research visits

15/02/2024 - 16/06/2024 Visitor at the Lagrange Mathematics and Computing Research Center, Paris
 9/07/2023 - 26/07/2023 Visitor at BIMSA (China)
15/02/2023 - 15/06/2023 Visitor at the Lagrange Mathematics and Computing Research Center, Paris
25/09/2022 - 1/10/2022 Visitor at ETH Zurich
1/02/2022 - 30/04/2022 Visitor at the Lagrange Mathematics and Computing Research Center, Paris
14/02/2019 - 31/03/2019 Visitor at IHÉS 
20/01/2018 - 15/04/2018 Visitor at IHÉS
07/04/2014 - 11/07/2014 CARMIN Fellow at IHP
10/03/2014 - 6/04/2014 Visitor at the University of Milan (Italy)
2/03/2014 - 9/03/2014 Visitor at the University of Salerno (Italy)
01/10/2013 - 30/11/2013 Visitor at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics
25/04/2013 - 2/05/2013
Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
14/01/2013 - 15/02/2013
Visitor at the Université de Paris 7 (Laboratoire PPS)
9/12/2012 – 21/12/2012 Visitor at the University of Milan
3/10/2011 - 3/11/2011 Visitor at IHÉS

I have also visited the IHES from 2020 to 2022 as holder of the Gelfand Chair.



Ph.D. in Mathematics, Trinity College, University of Cambridge (U.K.)
Research field: Logic and Category Theory, in particular Topos Theory
Thesis: "The Duality between Grothendieck Toposes and Geometric Theories"
Supervisor: Prof. Peter Johnstone

"Laurea Magistrale in Matematica" (a Master-level degree in Mathematics)
University of Turin (Italy)
Final mark: 110/110 with honours and honorable mention

"Laurea Triennale in Matematica" (Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics)
University of Turin (Italy)
Final mark: 110/110 with honours
"Diploma di Pianoforte" (equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Music)
Conservatorio di Cuneo (Italy)

Awards and scholarships

2019 First woman to be awarded a Chair at IHES (namely, the Gelfand Chair)
2017 Winner of a position in the Italian ministerial recruitment programme for young researchers "Rita Levi Montalcini"
2014 Winner of a post-doctoral fellowship "L'Oréal France-UNESCO pour les femmes et la science" (en partenariat avec l'Académie des sciences)
AILA Prize 2010 (for the best Ph.D. thesis in Mathematical Logic by an Italian mathematician defended in the years 2008-2010).
Junior Visiting Position at the "Centro di Ricerca Matematica Ennio De Giorgi" of the "Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa" (Italy) for the academic year 2009/2010 (fellowship entirely funded by the Centre)
Three-year Research Fellowship at Jesus College, University of Cambridge (U.K.) (deferred to start in October 2010)
2009 Invited participant (fully funded by EPSRC) to the LMS Durham Symposium "New Directions in the Model Theory of Fields", 20th-30th July 2009 (U.K.)
2008 First prize at the "Edith Leigh Piano Competition 2008", Trinity College, Cambridge
Selected as the Representative of Italy at the "Korea-Europe Next-Generation Leaders Program 2007" (Seoul, South Korea)
2007 and 2008 Invited Jury Member of the "Pirelli Internetional Award", Rome (Italy)
2006 - 2009
"Prince of Wales Studentship" of Trinity College, Cambridge (given to the most outstanding of the candidates for the External Research Studentships)
2006 Awarded the status of "Honorary Cambridge European Trust Scholar"
Offered admission with full funding (Scatcherd European Scholarship and EPSRC Studentship) to the D.Phil. in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Oxford (U.K.)
Offered admission with full funding to the Ph.D. program in Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (U.S.A.)
2004 and 2006
"Premio Optime" (on both the occasions of my degrees in Turin, awarded by the "Unione Industriale di Torino" to the top graduates of the University of Turin)
2001 - 2004 National-level scholarship awarded by the "Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica", Rome (Italy)

In 2004 and 2006 I received media attention (resulting in interviews in national or regional newspapers) being one of the youngest graduates of Italy; in fact, I got my two Bachelor's degrees (in Mathematics and in Music) at the age of 19.

Ph.D. students


Extra-curricular interests

After my degree in Music I have continued to pursue my interests in musical analysis and piano performance, giving recitals in various occasions. For example, I performed a concert at the international conference "Mathematics and its applications" (Turin, July 2006), and I gave a piano solo recital in Trinity College Chapel (Cambridge, May 2008).  
Philosophy and
cognitive science
My mathematical work has always been accompanied by a wider reflection on the abstract principles inspiring it. This has led me to a number of insights on the nature of mathematical creativity and logical reasoning in general, which I have informally divulged to friends and colleagues throughout the years. I plan to eventually collect these thoughts into a book describing the philosophical foundations of my work on unifying mathematical theories through Topos Theory. 


A full CV is available upon request.