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Hi! If you’re here, then maybe it means you wanted to know more about me…

My name’s Dave Williams, I work for the European Space Agency, and I’m a physicist who specialises in studying our star: the Sun.

I work on ESA‘s Solar Orbiter mission at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) near Madrid. Solar Orbiter is due to launch in 2020 from Cape Canaveral. I’m one of three “Instrument Operations Scientists” working at the mission’s Science Operations Centre (SOC), and our job is to liaise between the teams building the scientific instruments and the SOC, which will organise how the mission is run to achieve all its scientific aims.

In a previous life, I spent a very enjoyable few years as a lecturer in the Solar Physics Group at UCL‘s Mullard Space Science Lab, and, before that, as a University Research Fellow, and Scientist-in-Residence at ISAS/JAXA for Hinode‘s Extreme-ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer (EIS).

I tweet a mixture of personal and professional stuff as @asubsetofdaves. If you would like to know about my research, resulting publicationsteaching record (including Ph.D. students), and other activities, just look up the appropriate pages (as they appear).