After graduating as a civil engineer, I started my professional career as a researcher. I was responsible for several programs, all about instability of shell structures, using testing on models. This resulted in publications and presentations all over Europe. Later on, I became a professor in a university college in Construction and Real Estate departments. For quite a long time, I was head of department and in that capacity was able to introduce the use of innovative pedagogical methods, for which the department received the mention 'outstanding' from an external evaluation team.
As a classical flute player I performed as a soloist (with and without orchestra) and in chamber music groups. Our focus was on 20th century music, from impressionism to avant-garde and ethnic music (tango). As a born teacher, I also loved coaching children and adults for flute and chamber music.
Another passion is travelling, meeting people from other cultures. I was lucky to have been able to visit many countries in Europe, Asia, South-America and Africa (the native continent of my late husband). If you have a lot of time to listen, ask me about Tibetan buddhism, Dogon oral culture, Touareg Sahara... or come to see my collection of ethnic flutes.