Prof. Farida Fassi


Dr. Farida Fassi is a Professor of physics at Mohammed V University in Rabat and a Linked Doctor at Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and a Visiting Scientist at Instituto de Física Corpuscular (IFIC). She received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Morocco in 1994. She obtained her Master’s in Nuclear and Particle Physics in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Physics in 2002 at University of Valencia in Spain. She was awarded with the European Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in recognition of her contribution in the ATLAS experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. After earning her Ph.D., she did Post-doctoral and Research positions at CSIC, the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Spanish Center for Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics (CPAN) for more than ten years. Since January 1998, she is a member of the ATLAS and CMS collaborations, where the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012 was announced by both experiments at LHC. She is a co-authors of numerous scientific publications (Scopus). Farida is genuinely excited about her research topics that are centered around connecting theoretical particle physics with experimental results. This includes search for new physics phenomena, motivated by the presence of dark matter in our universe. She is responsible for leadership of several international research teams at ATLAS and CMS collaborations. In terms of teaching effectiveness to promote research science physics in Africa, and in particular in Morocco through numerous collaborative International Scientific Programs, she plays a leadership role in developing a network of researchers. She is convinced that particle physicists share the excitement of discovery, inspiring young minds. She has established herself as an inspiration to young women and scientists everywhere, where girls have few educational opportunities and women are expected to stay at home. Her spirit contributes to global efforts in strengthening cultural awareness that helps to develop the next generation of scientific researchers in Africa and in the Islamic world. She is the co-founder of the “African Strategy for Fundamental Applied Physics” (ASFAP) and the co-coordinator of 6th Biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications in Morocco. ASFAP´s aspirations reflect the desire for shared prosperity, entire Africa transformation by encouraging development of a science and technology culture that will promote science-led development on a sustainable basis, where the full potential of women and youth, boys and girls are realized as an inter-generational compact, to develop human capital. Interview with Prof. Farida Fassi at Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco.

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