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Fatoumata Kebe

Astronomy researcher, Observatoire de Paris and Pierre and Marie Curie University

BACKGROUND/ Academic and professional background

Fatoumata Kebe is a graduate from Pierre et Marie Curie University and has a master degree in fluids mechanics. She studied space engineering during one year in the University of Tokyo. She is currently completing an astronomy thesis about space debris at Observatoire de Paris.

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

Fatoumata Kebe is currently completing an astronomy thesis about space debris at Observatoire de Paris. These objects, remnants of human activity in space, accumulated with time. These waste, of different origins (rocket parts, old satellite, paint flakes …) can fall back to Earth or destroy functioning satellites, partially or totally.

Passionate about astronomy, Fatoumata is also involved in other fields such as agriculture. With a team of women, in Mali, she leads the project “Connected Eco”, which allows farmers to know the state of their land. Using captors operated by solar power, the level of dryness of the soil is analyzed and sent to the farmers through a text message. This way, they can properly irrigate their fields, at the right time, with an irrigation system that is also a connected device. This project has been awarded during the world competition for young innovator of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN agency that is specialized in information and communication technologies.

In order to arouse vocations, Fatoumata Kebe founded her association “Éphémérides” a year and a half ago. Her association gives astronomy lessons in some middle schools and high schools of underprivileged neighbourhoods, and help students keep a good self-confidence and allow themselves to be ambitious.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

In France and Mali

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental… of your activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

Space debris represent an environmental danger, hence the importance of research in this field in order to find ways to eliminate them one day.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius