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Sofia BENOUAKTA's testimonial, researcher at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

Sofia Benouakta, researcher at Ampère laboratory (UCBL) shares with us her experience in Lyon!

Why did you choose Université de Lyon for your studies/research?

The University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is very well reputed and includes several research laboratories that work on a wide range of topics. In my case, I chose to start my PhD adventure in the University of Lyon mainly because of the topic I was going to work on. Currently I am doing my research in Ampère Laboratory, in the field of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. Ampère laboratory is a great lab with a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment.

How did heard of Espace Ulys and why did you ask us for help?

I have known the « Espace Ulys” when I first started my PhD. At the time, I had a student residence permit and I needed to change it to “Scientist / Researcher”. One of my lab mates, went through the same process so she advised me to contact the “Espace Ulys” because they were of a great help for her. I have done so and I got a very quick reply, the person who assisted me took the time to understand the issue I was encountering and guided me through the process. I am very thankful for that.

In your opinion, why should international PhD students and researchers join the Ulys community?

The Ulys community offers a lot of advantages for foreign researchers at the administrative level but also at the social level. Many events are organized by the “espace ulys” such as organized visits, picnics, afterworks. These events are really awesome because you can meet people from all around the world and build up friendship and widen your network.


What is your best memory of your stay in Lyon?

There were too many memorable moments in Lyon but the most memorable one for me is “Fêtes des lumières” which is organized every year from December 5th to December 8th. This year, I went with some friends and colleagues. The view was spectacular.


What would you advise new international scientists arriving in Lyon/Saint-Etienne?

I would advise future researchers visiting the city of Lyon to take the time to adapt to the city’s life. I would like to add that living in a foreign country and being far from family and friends can be mentally tiring. Therefore, and despite the fact that a researcher’s life maybe busy with work, I would recommend for future researchers to participate in social events in order for them to meet people.


Which French word summarizes your stay in Lyon/saint-Etienne?

Génial 