Emmanuel Drouard graduated from École Centrale de Marseille and received a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille-III in 2003. He is Assistant Professor at École Centrale de Lyon since 2005. As a member of the Physics teaching team, he teaches mainly light - matter interactions, lasers principles and properties, optical devices as well as more advanced photonics. At the Lyon Institute of Nanotechnology (INL), in the nanophotonics group, his research interests address more precisely the making, modelling and simulation of photonic crystals for photonic integrated circuits dedicated to information and communication technologies, and more recently for light harvesting for solar photovoltaic energy. He is regularly involved in local, national or European research projects. He has co-authored about 100 communications, including 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals.