Audard Marc - Gaia
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University of Geneva, Switzerland
Marc Audard (M. Sc Physics, University of Lausanne; PhD, ETHZ) works on star formation, with an emphasis on the observational properties of protoplanetary disks in young outbursting sources. After his PhD in 2002 at the Paul Scherrer Institut and ETH Zurich, he was postdoc and then Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University in New York City where he shifted his research field from stellar coronae to star formation from a multi-wavelength perspective.
In 2006 he returned to Switzerland as Swiss National Science Professor at the Department of Astronomy at the University of Geneva. Since 2012 he is Maître d'enseignement et de recherche, working on different projects, namely the ASTRO-H/Hitomi project until his demise in 2016, currently working since September 2016 for the Gaia mission in the Coordination Unit 7 on variability processing.
His main responsibilities within CU7 is quality assurance, being also the documentalist for DPCG, MDB manager for CU7, and validation scientist. He is also active in other missions, such as SPICA, XRISM, and ATHENA. Since 2018 he is also Executive Secretary of the European Astronomical Society.
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