After a physics degree at the University Denis Diderot Paris 7, I obtained my PhD in 1995 at the "Laboratoire de Physique Statistique de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure", Paris under the direction of Yves Couder and Stéphane Douady. I first worked as an assistant professor at the University of Le Havre for 6 years. In 2001, I joined as a full researcher the "Laboratoire Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes de l'Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie ParisTech" for a two year period. In 2003 I was recruited as professor at ENSTA-ParisTech to work in the Institute of Mechanical Sciences and Industrial Applications, a part of Paris Saclay University. I have been with the School of Engineering at the University of Liverpool since the beginning of October 2017.