Open Stage: Anais Rassat

Science communicator, exploring the dark universe

Anais Rassat is a scientist and science communicator working at the Laboratory of astrophysics at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL).

After studying mathematics and theoretical physics at the Universities of London and Cambridge, she specialised in cosmology. She studies dark energy and dark matter with gravitational lensing and maps of galaxies using observations from the latest telescopes on earth and in space. She has been a member of the Euclid Space Telescope since its conception, a European project planned for launch in 2020, whose aim is to map the geometry of the dark Universe. She holds a PhD from University College London and previously worked in the astrophysics department of the French Atomic Energy Agency. 

Anais is passionate about communicating science to the public, whether to school-students, policy makers or the general public. She holds a science blog at the Huffington Post; her blogpost on "Women in Science" was nominated for the 2012 EU European Commission Journalist Award. She is a TCK.