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Rickman Emily, Ms.

System Architectures, Université de Genève, Département d'Astronomie
PhD Student
1290 Sauverny
+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.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” Marie Curie

Please describe your job in only one sentence and tell us what the most important goal of this work is.
Direct imaging exoplanets around young stars in the mid-infrared in order to detect and characterise giant planets in wide orbits.

How did you get into this research/work field?
I fell in love with space as a young child and I have been determined to be an astrophysicist ever since.

What would be the greatest discovery you would like to see in your life time?
I would love to see the discovery of signs of life on another planet.

You work for the NCCR PlanetS. What do you think will the NCCR enable you to do you couldn’t do without it?
It allows me to be a part of a huge community of people with drive and ambition to discover the secrets of the Universe.

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