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28 Sep / 04 Oct - Helsinki

CAFÉ SCIENTIFIQUE: EUROPEAN RESEARCHER’S NIGHT – 28TH OF SEPTEMBER 201 AT 5PM

The French Institute will take part in this year’s official program of the European Researchers’ Night in Finland (full program here: https://www.tutkijoidenyo.fi/en/european-researchers-night/)

Initiated by the European Commission in 2005 as part of the Marie Skolodowska-Curie actions, the European Researchers Night is a free, open-ended scientific, technical and industrial culture event organized in the same day in more than 200 cities in Europe. Placed above all under the sign of discovery and pleasure, it is a unique and privileged opportunity for the general public to directly meet and exchange with researchers with animations for all. An evening to concretely touch the research being done.

This year, the Institut Francais in Helsinki will contribute to the program with a Café Scientifique which will be, for the occasion, in English.
Come meet and exchange with our two researchers from the University of Helsinki:

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

The event will be followed by a reception at the French Institute of Finlande.

As places are limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible by sending an application to:


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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