Why doing a sabbatical?

Here are a few arguments: shake things up, make a difference, discover other cultures, get new skills, or educate oneself further? And “It is better than quitting,” right?

I am one of these extremely privileged academics who can spend ten (yes one-zero!) months focusing (academically speaking) on something else! Since a few years, I have been following the research path of colleagues and friends who are scientists from African countries, mainly French-speaking Africa. I am so admirative of their spirit, energy, and smartness that I am convinced we can all learn a lot from their vision of the future. Because I also want to contribute to making the world of science more open and inclusive, I chose to focus on the French-speaking African academic world!

My sabbatical started in November 2020 at the University of Kinshasa (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and may be continued in the Union of the Comoros and Morocco. Are you interested in following me? I will continue with my tweets on @SwissIonChannel; I will post on Instagram. I am also recording a series of podcast featuring young and experienced French-speaking African scientists. Are you interested in listening these interviews in French? Just click here.