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Maria Yzuel
Professor, Department of Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

How do you spend a typical day?
I spend most of my day teaching and doing research at the University. I also spend time working on commissions of the University and on committees of scientific societies. I enjoy attending scientific conferences where I have the chance to hear technical presentations, discuss research projects, and participate in activities that promote the work of young researchers.

What do you love about your job?
I find the combination of research and teaching offered by a university position to be extremely rewarding. I particularly enjoy training young researchers in optics and supervising their PhD thesis. I studied physics because it is a science that explains phenomena of the nature and has a deep mathematical background, but what I like about optics is the impact it has on other sciences-recent advances in optical instruments and techniques have led to tremendous growth in numerous scientific disciplines.

What have you learned through experience that you wish you had known before starting your career in optics?
I find that a strong background in mathematics and experimental physics is helpful for a career in optics. Studies on the development of optics and photonics are showing that the number of people trained in these fields does not meet future demand; therefore, I would encourage young researchers to enter these fields.

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