Grace Fellow

IMG_3187-crop1176x790-rotate.JPGTimothée Brütsch

Born in Geneva in 1981 and raised in the Lemanic region between France and Switzerland, I obtained a Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Geneva in 2007.  I then moved to biology and did a Master of Science in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation from the University of Lausanne (UNIL)  in 2010. After my two Masters, I joined Prof. Michel Chapuisat’s group in the UNIL Department of Ecology and Evolution for doctoral studies on collective defenses against pathogens in ants, obtaining my PhD in 2017. During my doctoral studies, I began working at the UNIL Sciences-Society Interface for the organisation of the UNIL open-door days  — Les Mystères de l’UNIL — in 2015 and as a Grace fellow for L’éprouvette, UNIL’s public teaching laboratory, in 2016.

Working for L’éprouvette provides me a unique opportunity as it allows me to offer my expertise in diverse fields. Here, with my colleagues, I give and create scientific workshops ranging from genetics to neuroscience or animal behaviour, inviting the public to get a flavour of research either in our laboratory or outside the University campus with our bus. In addition, it complements perfectly my work for Les Mystères de l’UNIL, which allows me to popularize the work done by UNIL scientists. As such, I am in contact with children and adults as well as in collaboration with scientists, which brings me great pleasure. I am particularly thrilled to be part of this amazing structure which encourages debate on research issues and critical thinking