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28 sept. / 17:00 - Helsinki

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE : NUIT EUROPÉENNE DES CHERCHEURS -28 SEPTEMBRE 2018 À 17H

L’institut Français fait partie cette année du programme officiel de l’événement Européen : Nuit Européenne des Chercheurs en Finlande (programme complet ici : https://www.tutkijoidenyo.fi/en/european-researchers-night/ )

Initiée par la Commission européenne en 2005, dans le cadre des actions Marie Skolodowska-Curie, la Nuit européenne des Chercheurs est une manifestation de culture scientifique, technique et industrielle, gratuite et ouverte à tous organisé le même jour dans plus de 200 villes en Europe. Placée avant tout sous le signe de la découverte et du plaisir, elle est une occasion unique et privilégiée pour le grand public de rencontrer en direct des chercheurs au cœur d’animations pour tous. Une soirée pour toucher du doigt la recherche en train de se faire.

Cette année donc, l’Institut Francais de Finlande contribue à la programmation avec un Café Scientifique qui sera, pour l’occasion, en anglais.
Venez rencontrer et échanger avec nos deux chercheurs de l’Université d’Helsinki :

  • Maxime Grandin “The science and popular culture behind the aurora”
  • Anne Duplouy “The delightfully macabre stories of mind controlling parasites”

L’événement sera suivi d’une réception à l’Institut Français.

Les places étant limitées, nous vous encourageons à vous inscrire dès que possible s’il vous plait en envoyant une demande d’inscription à:


I am originally from France, where I did my undergraduate studies (University of Rennes1, & University of St Denis La Reunion) on organismal and ecosystem biology. In 2004, I went to French Polynesia for a summership training period in Conservation Biology. I liked the country so much that I decided to stay and found a job as a research assistant at the Gump research station (University of Berkeley California). That is when I was first introduced to the study of the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia.

In 2008 I moved to Brisbane, Australia, to conclude my PhD thesis on the ecology and genomics of a male-killing Wolbachia in a tropical butterfly. I submitted my thesis in 2010. Very shortly after I moved to Helsinki, Finland, to start a postdoc with late Prof. Ilkka Hanski on the effect of habitat fragmentation on life-histories and genetic of the Glanville fritillary butterfly. In September 2013, I was awarded a postdoctoral research grant from the Academy of Finland that allowed me to stay in Helsinki as a PI, and to collaborate with Dr. Amy Truitt at Portland State University in USA. I also met my husband in Helsinki, and our little boy was born in 2015.

In 2018, I was awarded a Marie-Curie Individual Fellowship to come and work with Prof. Niklas Wahlberg at the Lund University. I investigate diversity and horizontal transfer routes of symbiotic bacteria in Lepidoptera. You will probably find me more often in the lab playing with my pipettes, or in the museum staring at the beautiful specimen collection.


Maxime Grandin (born in 1989) first came to Finland in 2012 for a seven-month internship in Sodankyä Geophysical Observatory, in Lapland. He came back one year later to do his PhD in ionospheric physics, as a double degree between the University of Oulu and the Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France). He stayed in Sodankylä until his defence in October 2017. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher in space physics at the University of Helsinki, where his work focuses on the precipitation of protons from the near-Earth space into the atmosphere.

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28 sept. / 17:00

yrjönkatu 36
00100 - Helsinki