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Behind the CV

Story from a Physicist

Members of the IoP at different levels of their career share their story of how they became the physicist they are today. In an informal atmosphere, they reflect on their path and the challenges they encountered along the way. They discuss the key choices they made, their successes, but also their failures, detours, struggles and insecurities, and the support they received.
Their story, behind the CV.

We welcome all physics students and postdocs to join us for this seminar series on the unspoken challenges of life in academia. We hope these conversations will inspire you and help you through choices and challenging times in your career. 

This seminar series is inspired from “Growing Up In Science” and other events in institutes abroad. We are very thankful to the speakers for sharing their stories with us.

Upcoming Event 


Science Park 904



Past Events


Wednesday November 03, 2021

Noushine Shahidzadeh is full professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) working at the Van der Waals-Zeeman Institute (WZI) in the soft matter group; she is also currently a member of the board of directors of the Interpore foundation and the scientific board of the Netherlands Institute for conservation, Art and Science (NICAS).

Noushine was born in Iran and studied at the French international school of Tehran (RAZI). After her high school diploma, she continued her study in France and received her PhD from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, and did a postdoc at the École Normale Supérieure. Before coming to the Netherlands in 2011 as an associate Professor, she was in charge of the Physics of Porous Media group at the Institute Navier in France, a position obtained in a nationwide job competition of the French Ministry for Sustainable Development.

During her career, Noushine has coordinated many national and European scientific research projects with industries, government institutions, and international partners on both fundamental and applied topics. Her area of expertise covers i) salt crystallization in bulk, confinement and porous media, ii) the behaviour of surfactants and emulsions system, and iii) control of wetting and adhesion of surfaces. One of the aims of her research is to support interdisciplinary projects for the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage and artworks. During her career, she has supervised several post-docs, engineers and PhD, Master’s and Bachelor’s students.

Friday June 11, 2021

Alejandra Castro is an associate professor at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (ITFA), where she is a member of the String Theory group. She works on classical and quantum gravity, and tackles various problems from the origin of black hole microstates to aspects of quantum cosmology. Alejandra was born in Chile, where she did her Bachelor in physics. She then studied in the United States and received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2009. She followed with two postdocs, at McGill University and then Harvard University, before arriving at UvA.


"Behind the CV" series is organized by

Dr. S. (Shin'ichiro) Ando


Dr C.M.C. (Clelia) de Mulatier