After obtaining my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain in 2002, I pursued work on phase transformations during the processing and galvanizing of high strength steels as a post-doctoral researcher first in Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands), then at McMaster University (Canada). Further work on iron-based alloys also include studies on mediaeval archaeological artefacts with the aim of investigating their production processes. Later on, as the global conjoncture lead to a growing interest towards lighter alloys, my research interests gradually shifted to magnesium matrix composites thatI have been studying since 2008. My current research interests deal with the study of fundamental mechanisms underlying the production of metals by innovative processing routes such as friction stir processing and additive manufacturing, with a strong focus on light alloys (Mg, Al, Ti) and their composites. I am also responsible for the day-to-day running of the laboratory for the characterisation of high temperature thermophysical properties of materials, Metallic Materials Science Unit (University of Liège).