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Olivier Hernandez

Olivier Hernandez

Olivier Hernandez

Professionnal informations

Director, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Ph. D.
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium




Region of Olivier Hernandez
Montréal, QC


  • French
  • English

Activities sectors

  • Astronomy / solar system
  • Astrophysics
  • Equity and diversity in STEM
  • Mars exploration
  • Space exploration
  • Launch vehicles / rockets
  • Optics
  • Science satellites
  • Planetary science

Conferences types

  • Virtual conferences
  • In-person conferences anywhere in the country


Master’s degree, Physics, University of Montreal Engineering degree, École centrale de Marseille


Olivier Hernandez, Director of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, is an astrophysicist and an instrumentation, galaxy and exoplanet expert. Olivier Hernandez received an engineering degree from the École centrale de Marseille and a master’s degree in physics from the University of Montreal. He also has a PhD in astrophysics on the dynamics of galaxies. He was a co-founder and coordinator of iREx, director of operations at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory and lecturer at the University of Montreal. His key fields of research are the kinematics and dynamics of barred spiral galaxies and the development of high-tech astronomical instrumentation for the study of galaxies, and the detection and characterization of exoplanets. As the director of projects at the Mont-Mégantic Observatory, he has coordinated work in Montreal on SPIRou and NIRPS. They are international projects to develop two instruments designed to detect rocky planets. He is also the Montreal coordinator for the construction of FGS/NIRISS, which will be one of four scientific instruments on the James Webb Space Telescope. He is currently the director of the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Space for Life, where he is responsible for research and ecological transition. He is also a founder of the equality, diversity and inclusion committee at Space for Life. He is still an associate researcher at iREx.

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