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I Help Researchers Commercialise their Work

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Published on Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Cécile Petit joined SnT eight years ago to take on the challenge of coordinating research projects with experts in software engineering. Today she also manages projects in technology transfer, helping SnT researchers to bring their work closer to commercialization.

We met up with Cécile to get a picture of SnT as seen through the eyes of one of the admin team.

What is your most memorable moment at SnT?

My most memorable moment at SnT was our first away-day. SnT is full of competitive people, so when we went to laser quest, everyone from the doctoral candidates to the professors wanted to win. I managed to shoot our Director, Björn Ottersten, several times. SnT has a great open door culture, but after that I’m not sure Björn was so pleased to see me! The next year we went go-karting, and I think Björn did win that one!

Do you have any advice for someone who would like to make a career in research or working in research?

In general, researchers understandably focus on publications, but it’s important to remember that acquiring funding is also a big part of the job. SnT is very demand-driven and project-based, so this is even truer here. Every year we grow, and that’s always driven from the bottom up, with lots of successful project applications, whether from the EU, FNR or industry partnerships.

What are the biggest changes that happened while you were here?

A few years after my start at SnT, Laurent Betry was the Head of Office, and last year when he went on to become Head of the Finance and Accounting Department Isabelle Chesnay took on his role. We’re lucky to have had two great team leaders, both from very different backgrounds.

Can you describe SnT?

SnT is a research center that is active in information communication technologies. It was created in 2009 and has 10 research groups and over 300 researchers. We are active in European, national and industry projects. We have technology transfer office that has so far launched four spin-offs, and we bring together researchers from lots of backgrounds to tackle challenges in ICT from multiple perspectives.

    

SnT is turning 10! We’ve come a long way since launching our activities in 2009. Stay tuned for a year full of celebrations, cutting-edge research, and new milestones.

OVER 40 INDUSTRY PARTNERS | MORE THAN 70 EUROPEAN PROJECTS | 103 GRADUATED PHDS | 4 SPIN-OFFS