photo-13I am the spokesperson and an associate professor at GRAPPA (a center of excellence in gravitation and astroparticle physics) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands. I am a joint faculty member at the Anton Pannekoek Institute (astronomy) and the Institute for High Energy Physics (IHEF) at UvA and a Nikhef member.

I am the working group lead for astrophysics of the EU Cost Action on “Gravitational Waves, Black Holes and Fundamental Physics.” I am a co-chair of the multi-messenger astrophysics group (with M. Bailes and M. Kasliwal) for the third-generation ground-based Gravitational Wave Observatory Network, the co-chair of Virgo O5+ (2027+) committee, of the multi-messenger multi-band work package (with J. Baker and Z. Haiman) for the ESA-led  LISA mission and of the Gravitational Wave working group (with A. Raccanelli) for the international SKA radio telescope. In addition, I am leading the extragalactic science working group within the Complementary Science Program for ESA’s PLATO mission — please contact me if you would like to get involved in any of the above!

Regarding observational facilities, I am a member of the Nikhef Virgo Gravitational Wave group, which works within the Virgo Collaboration together with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and the UvA representative for the BlackGEM telescope. I am also a member of the LSST transients, LOFAR-EM follow-up, MeerKAT Thunderkat, GROWTH, and JAGAWR collaborations and a NASA TAO, NASA DORADO and UVEX science team member.


Space music: Listen to some samples of merging black holes and neutron stars created by composer and friend Arthur Jeffes.


Email: samaya.nissanke ‘at’ uva.nl
Office:  C4.136, Science Park

Address: Science Park 904
Postbus 94485
1090 GL Amsterdam, NL
Phone: +31 20 525 8339