Matthews Elisabeth, Dr.
3.0_project-fr, 3.3_project-fr, Université de Genève, Département d’Astronomie
+41 22 379 24 75
|Please give us a personal quote or a quote of a famous person (e.g. of Albert Einstein) that describes you and your life/work.|
“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” by Carl Sagan.
|Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.|
|I take high contrast, high resolution images of nearby stars to search for exoplanets and debris disks.|
|How did you get into this research/work field?|
|I’ve always been interested in physics, and in understanding how things work. For my undergrad I studied physics, and spent two summers doing astronomy internships. I really enjoyed both learning more astronomy and also the process of research, and I’ve been doing it ever since!|
|What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?|
|I’m very excited for the first direct image of an Earth-like planet, which will allow a detailed characterization of “Earth-twin” planets and possibly even hint towards the presence of alien life.|
|You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?|
|The community and the possibilities for collaboration are really important to me.|