That is what is known as a false start. When he came to the University of Liège for the first time Valentin Fischer at first enrolled in the Computer Sciences Department. But he quickly realised that he had made a mistake concerning his vocation. Not to worry, the second attempt – this time in geology – was the right one.
The study of fossils was above all the dream he had as a little boy, and has today become his profession. In 2009, after having received his degree, he began a doctorate and obtained a FNRS grant. His final year degree dissertation having already led him to take an interest in the ichthyosaurs of the Cretaceous era, it was on this subject that he decided to centre his thesis.
In addition to his duties as a FNRS Research Fellow at the ULg’s Geology Department, he is also a palaeontology researcher at the Belgian Royal Institute of Natural Sciences, in Brussels.