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VentsiPersonalHaving spent relatively longtime in five different countries, so far I have had a very international and multicultural life experience. I was born in the town of Silistra in Bulgaria during the summer of 1976. Fifteen years later I moved to Brest in Brittany (France) for family reasons. At that time, I had already made up my mind to become a doctor in physics, largely due to my interest in science fiction where the characters often happen to posses this particular trait.
     I studied in France until the bachelor degree and then moved to Cardiff in the UK for my masters. The next step took me to the Netherlands, a country that was completely unknown to me and that I was delighted to explore during my five years there. Afterwards, I went to Belgium, where I stayed for three years in the beautiful city of Leuven, followed by three years in the European Capital – Brussels – all the while working in one of the oldest European universities – KU Leuven, founded in 1425. Then, for a brief three months, I worked in an even older university: The Sapienza University of Rome, established in 1309. And, now, following the same time traveling line, I am employed in the University of Cambridge, which was founded in 1209.

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