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Nicolas Joly was appointed as a W2-professor for Experimental Physics at the University of Erlangen-Nüremberg in January 2009. He obtained his PhD at the University of Lille (France) in 2002. He experimentally and theoretically studied the instabilities and the control of Q-swtich and mode-locked lasers. He then spent three years in Philip Russell’s group in UK as a Post-Doc. He was mainly working on fabrication of Photonic Crystal Fibre (PCF) and on nonlinear optics in these fibres. This includes soliton propagation and supercontinuum generation. In 2005 he became a Maître de conférences at the University of Lille in the group of nonlinear dynamics. His research was dedicated to Raman laser using conventional fiber and PCF. He was also involved in the theoretical study of instabilities observed in Free Electron Laser. In Erlangen, he will be strongly involved in Div. Russell (Photonics & New Material) at the Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, where he will work mainly on the interaction of intense pulses with gas placed in PCF. He will also be strongly involved in fabrication of Photonic Crystal Fibre.