Dr Nicolas Gruel completed a PhD in astrophysics and a Post-Doc in software development for data acquisition, analysis and simulation of astronomical images. As the lead developer for the Centro de Estudios de Física del Cosmos de Aragón, Nicolas was accountable for creating the data pipeline to analyse 1.4 TB of data per day, moving then to the University of Sheffield where he led the Insigneo Institute Computer Science engineering team. As a Research Software Engineer at The University of Manchester, Nicholas’s work involves collaborating with researchers in various fields, such as Humanities, Computer Science and Materials Engineering, supporting their research by managing their software development and/or optimization as well as data management. Nicolas’s work in LightForm will be to create a multiplatform data infrastructure to which LightForm data can be uploaded, shared and managed.