Our friend and colleague Sylvain Foret died in his sleep on 17 December, while on a trip in Spain. His wife, Toop, was travelling with him. Their two young daughters were staying with Sylvain's parents in France.
“Sylvain had worked previously in the ANU Mathematical Sciences Institute and he interacted with a significant number of people in multiple Schools across the two Science Colleges”, said CMBE Dean Kiaran Kirk. “Sylvain was an extraordinary talent. With his background in maths, computing and biology, he represented the future of biology, and he was in the process of building a research group working at the interface of these areas. At a personal level, Sylvain was gregarious, generous and unfailingly cheerful. He will be very greatly missed.”
Scott Keogh and Leon Smith have set up a crowdfunding site to help Sylvain’s family deal with the situation in the short term.