8th Feb 2024

International Day of Women in Science: Ana-Cristina FERNANDES-RIBEIRO Quality Technician at ACC

Ana-Cristina FERNANDES-RIBEIRO  Quality Technician

At ACC, we believe that women in science are a force for change. We have plenty of women scientists in a wide variety of applications and professions, from biotechnology and nanotechnology to chemistry, environmental engineering and computer physics. As the world hurtles towards a future threatened by climate change, and as we celebrate International Day of Women in Science, we want to recognize them and promote their achievements. 

One of these amazing women is Ana-Cristina FERNANDES-RIBEIRO,  Quality Technician at ACC... 

Ana, can you introduce yourself and describe your background?

I have a degree in Chemical Engineering - Analytical Chemistry from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. After completing my PhD, I worked in the automotive industry at Faurecia, where I taught physical chemistry, mathematics and descriptive geometry.

In 2017, I decided to open new horizons in my professional career and emigrated to France.

I worked at Luxor Lighting as a quality engineer and HSE and laboratory manager until October 2023. I currently work at ACC Nersac as a quality technician in the laboratory.

It's a new world for me, but it's already fascinating.

I spend my free time with my two children (the eldest is studying architecture and the youngest is about to start her medical studies).

I enjoy cooking, music, reading and hiking.

Did you dream of becoming a scientist as a child?

I discovered my passion for science through an amazing teacher at school. I love mathematics, my second passion. I consider myself privileged to be able to work in a field that fascinates me so much. I mostly worked in the quality sector, but my passion was chemistry.

I'm not one to give up on my dreams, even if they are difficult to achieve, and here I am today working in my field for a pioneering company of excellence.

What are you working on at the moment? What does your job at ACC involve?

I'm currently working in the ACC Nersac laboratory. I'm mainly in charge of product audits and dismantling. I also carry out chemical tests such as carbonate, lithine and HF determinations.

What challenges have you faced as a woman scientist?

As with almost any profession, the biggest challenge is finding a work-life balance. It is not easy to be a woman in science because of the daily struggle to show that we are as capable as men, that we do the same work but are paid differently.

What advice would you give to a young girl wondering about these careers?

All careers are challenging, but the most important thing is to work with passion, do what you love and never give up on a dream. Anything is possible if we are focused and persistent. Great challenges are for great human beings. Good luck!