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Venus

Venus
Venus is a Particle Cosmologist with an unusual background; After receiving their BSc degree in Physics at Amirkabir University in Iran, Venus went on to get a dual MSc degree in Bio-Nanotechnology at TUDelft in Netherlands, and in Nanoscience at Chalmers University in Sweden. Not having been satisfied with applications of physics and in pursuit of studying the fundamental building blocks of nature, Venus moved to Belgium to pursue a PhD degree in Particle Physics at University of Liege. This coincided with the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last missing particle of the Standard Model of Particle Physics, at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
Towards the end of their PhD, Venus went to University of Southampton in the UK as a visiting researcher to work on LHC phenomenology. Soon after, in 2014 they started their first postdoctoral position at University of Helsinki working on early universe cosmology. In 2017, Venus secured an independant Faculty Postdoctoral position at University of Helsinki with a starting grant for early career researchers to establish their own research group. Since then, Venus’s research has been focused at the intersection of particle physics and early universe cosmology, hence, Particle Cosmology. Finally in January 2022, Venus moved to Ireland to work at DIAS as a research Fellow and an SFI-IRC Pathways Programme researcher.
Venus believes outreach events for the public and presentations in scientific events will greatly contribute to eliminating the all-male-scientist stereotype and inspire young girls to seek a career in science. They take an active part in public engagement events and give frequent seminars in national and international conferences. Having worked in different countries, Venus has been exposed to different environments and approaches to tackling diversity issues in science and industry, and is well aware of the obstacles minorities face when seeking a career in academia. They are commited to promotion of equality and non-discrimination, and are an advocate for unbiased employment and passionate about sharing their experience and knowledge in navigating one’s way through academia.