Researcher, German Aerospace Center (DLR); Public speaker and advocate for women+ in STEM
Cécile Deprez studied Geomatics at the University of Liège, in Belgium. After four years of research in the field of satellite positioning, she joined the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in 2020. There, her research focuses on the integration of new technologies (such as laser links) in the future constellations of satellites used for positioning. More specifically, she measures the impact that these next-generation constellations will have on the position estimation of ground users and Low Earth Orbit satellites.
At DLR, she co-founded and coordinates two women and gender minorities networks (in total > 450 women), in which are regularly organized invited speaker talks, discussion rounds, seminars and general networking activities across the 30 locations and 55 Institutes of DLR.
On the side, Cécile is active as a public speaker on the topics of sexism, allyship and microaggressions in STEM fields as well as on the topic of visibility of women and gender minorities experts.
As a volunteer, she co-founded and currently manages the Belgian branch of the French association Pépite Sexiste, called Sexisme Flop, which calls out on social media the brands making use of sexist advertising.
Since 1.5 years, she has also been acting as coordinator of the Women in Aerospace Europe (WIA-E) working group on the topic of Visibility of Women in STEM.