Farida Fassi


Speaker: Farida Fassi, Professor and Senior Science, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco

Dr. Farida Fassi is a Professor at Mohammed V University in Rabat. She received a B.Sc. degree in Physics from Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Morocco in 1994. She earned her Master in Nuclear and Particle Physics in 1999 and her Ph.D. in physics in 2002 at the Spanish University of Valencia. 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. Upon graduation she established herself in the field of physics, working through several Postdoctoral and Research positions at the Spanish National Research Council, the French National Centre for Scientific Research and the Spanish Center for Particle, Astroparticle and Nuclear Physics over the span of 13 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. She is responsible for leadership of several international research teams at ATLAS and CMS collaborations. She is a co-authors of numerous scientific publications. Fassi is genuinely excited about her research topics that are centred around connecting theoretical particle physics with experimental results, including search for new physics phenomena that are motivated by the presence of dark matter and dark energy in our universe. In terms of teaching effectiveness to promote research science physics in Africa, and in particular in Morocco, she plays a leadership role in developing a network of researchers through numerous collaborative International Scientific Programs. She is convinced that particle physicists share the excitement of discovery, inspiring young minds. She believes that it is essential to make female scientists role models to inspire 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” and the co-coordinator of “the 6th Biennial African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications” in Morocco.