Tunisian Association of Young Astronomers


David Baratoux

David is passionate since his childhood by astronomy and geology, he pursued university studies in fundamental physics, then in geophysics at the University of Orsay. These studies were interrupted by a year of national service during which he held a position of educator at a home for delinquent and troubled youth.

He then took the path of research, so he defended in 2001 a PhD thesis that led him to study the planet Mars. After a year of postdoctoral fellowship between the Institut de Physique d Globe in Paris and the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson (Arizona, USA) he was recruited in 2002 as Associate Professor at the University of Toulouse. For more than 15 years, he have been interested in the evolution of planets, taking advantage of an exceptional harvest of data from the space exploration of our solar system. His research on the other planets was always nourished by the knowledge of our own planet, where he travels, tirelessely, accompanied by terrestrial geologists.

He has communicated his passion for the Earth and planets to several generations of students from the physics and geology departments of the University of Toulouse, but also to a wider audience, through popular articles, lectures, and courses in foreign universities.

Since 2009, he gradually put his skills at the service of developing countries in the South, first through collaborations in Morocco and Brazil, then, since 2013, in West Africa. He have been hosted during the 2013 - 2018 period of time at the Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, as research scientist at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development. He now devotes himself mostly to research projects in Africa, tand to training and capacity-building activities in Earth and Space sciences. He launched with several colleagues from Africa, Europe, and U.S. the African Initiative for Planetary and Space Sciences. Most of his energy is consumed by the supervision of West African students. He was recruited Senior Scientists at IRD in 2017 and is now temporarily based again in Toulouse, before a new occasion to move to West Africa.

Email : david.baratoux@ird.com

website: https://davidbaratoux.org