Caroline PÉTIGNY

Scientific Relations

My career

I joined ENSCMu in 1995, being part of the first classes having had the chance to benefit from the sandwich course system. This extraordinary experience fully converted me to Research & Development, pushing me to do a PhD at the University of Grenoble, and then a post-doc in England. Since 2004, I had the opportunity to work in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry, both in a big group (in Paris) and in a medium-size company (in Basel, Switzerland).

My job

I joined BASF in 2007 to deal with the scientific relationships of the company in France. I like this new position very much as it enables me to extend my activities to the outside world, while staying close to R&D and to researchers.

In brief

For more than 10 years, I faced many changes, both geographically and professionally, but I have always kept a guiding line and very clear goals. These different experiences have been particularly enriching from a personal, cultural and professional point of view.

Throughout my career, the most difficult challenge, and also my greatest successes, were to keep the right balance between my work and my personal life. For that, I needed to listen to myself and to be open to others at the same time. Looking back, I have come to realise that all these exchanges allowed me to progress and to be where I am today, and that they will allow me to continue along my own path.