French University degree
PhD in France (Orsay, Universite Paris Sud), then 5 years of ‘postdoctoral’ (ie post-PhD) research in Aberystwyth (Wales), and now in Glasgow
Senior Lecturer in Physics and Astronomy
University of Glasgow
I am fascinated by the night stars in the skies above us
However, I prefer the (apparently) brightest of all stars, the Sun.
I stare at the Sun to understand how it works, but without sunglasses (do not try this if you don’t have a telescope)!
My Typical Day
I chat with students, colleagues, other researchers, and sit in front of my computer to try and put everything together.
What I'd do with the money
I would use the money to develop a project to meet young people who’ve recently arrived in the UK (e.g. refugees and asylum seekers) and hopefully inspire them to study science subjects.
I’m interested in mixing science and language and I run a French-speaking Café scientifique in Glasgow and in Edinburgh – open to anyone who can understand French and has a curious mind. I’d like to extend the concept to reach more people, e.g. refugees. I would use the money to develop a project to meet young people who’ve recently arrived in the UK and hopefully inspire them to study science subjects.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Life-lover, optimistic, hesitant (is that really how I would describe myself in three words…?)
What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?
To help others become more interested in sciences
What or who inspired you to become a scientist?
Reading about Copernic, Einstein, Curie, …
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Of course! Only robots never get in trouble!
If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?
A jazz singer
Who is your favourite singer or band?
A tricky one – I am a music addict – I’ll go for Sonic Youth
What's your favourite food?
Anything I haven’t had for ages
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Watching a solar eclipse in 1999 in Hungary during a music festival: that’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Be smarter, more confident, and have the power to protect my children from any serious illness
Tell us a joke.
I could tell you some good ones – but off line! On this topic… http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=868