During my doctoral studies at Polytechnique, I worked in a dynamic, stimulating environment, and hoped to find similar conditions when I moved to Bordeaux. I applied to the ERC so that I would not have to do my research alone. I wanted to travel and work with researchers outside of France, and participate in top-level conferences. The ERC has enabled me to create the working environment I wanted, also involving my local colleagues.
I study the origin of cosmic rays based on public data from NASA’s Fermi satellite—an innovative field that is the subject of fierce international competition. With my team, we have made good progress. The ERC has allowed us to get ahead and publish our results rapidly. The project is still ongoing, albeit now without ERC funding. We have been able to consolidate a permanent team by recruiting a lecturer and regularly welcoming PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.