[10 July 2014] As summer is finally here, the luckiest among you are soon going to put your feet in the sand, surrounded by dunes. And dunes are precisely what we're going to talk about today in Knock Knock Doc: after an enthralling visit to the Pasteur Institute, Arthur goes to the University Paris Diderot to meet Mathieu Génois, a theoretical physicist studying barchan dune fields.
Mathieu Génois, theoretical physicist specializing in the study of barchan dune fields.
Episode 4: Mathieu Génois, PhD candidate in the Matter and Complex Systems Laboratory.
After a bit of wandering around the University Paris Diderot, Arthur finally finds the amphitheater where he is to meet Mathieu Génois. While Ferdinand Roesch spoke to him about the immune system and AIDS, Mathieu unveils to Arthur the world of theoretical physics. Arthur then follows this young PhD candidate with a keen interest in music to his laboratory, where he learns about the relationship between science and imagination.
From sand dunes to bird flight, Arthur learns that the most fundamental disciplines often have very practical applications and that, by seeing beyond the PhD, you can actually understand why all these years of research are useful.
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Knock Knock Doc is a docu-fiction that will take you backstage to see what it’s like to do a PhD. Every Monday, check out a new episode and a new young researcher.
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The title of Mathieu Génois’ dissertation study is “Spacio-temporal evolution of a barchan dune field”, under the supervision of Guillaume Grégoire in the Matter and Complex Systems laboratory at the University Paris Diderot.
About Knock Knock Doc:
Knock Knock Doc is a MyScienceWork production, written and directed by Paul Garcia, and featuring Dimitri Pougnet in the role of Arthur. Knock Knock Doc aims to promote doctoral studies, in all their diversity.