Boris in a tweet?
Atmospheric scientist, fresh air addict, fan of carbon-free transportation, and squash master. 

What were your job(s) before Plume Labs?
Before joining the Team at Plume, I worked as a researcher for 7 years, 3 as a PhD candidate and 4 as a research assistant.

What made you want to join Plume Labs?
I wanted to be part of a project that would help people understand that what they breathe can be dangerous! I’ve been convinced for a long time that the lack of information is the main reason why so little has been done to fight air pollution so far.

What’s the weirdest / craziest / most interesting task you’ve had to do lately at Plume Labs?
I woke up one morning and discovered I would be presenting the pollution maps I had been working on to potential Paris mayors who were visiting HQ. No pressure 🙂

What’s the biggest pollution spike you’ve recorded with your Flow?
I can’t remember the exact number but it was in the very high category for sure. Unfortunately I actually caused the problem when I was cooking dinner for friends in a poorly ventilated kitchen.

What makes Plume Labs a special place to work?
People here are all incredibly passionate about their work and most of them have been here for a long time now. It’s like a big family! 

How have you improved your life using Plume data and/or products?Since I started using my Flow, I’ve tested a bunch of different routes between places I go to all the time. I’ve figured out a couple of different options that are lower pollution.

Raphaëlle in a tweet?
Student, graphic designer. Things I love:  🎾 🤘 🎬 🎮

What were your job(s) before Plume Labs?
I had several internships with digital agencies (Viens-là in Paris and Akufen in Montreal). It was very different from here! At the agencies we were working on projects for lots of different clients. At Plume it’s pure product design—going back to the basics, meeting the needs of users.

What made you want to join Plume Labs?
I really wanted to do something other than what is referred to as ‘creation’ in agencies. That’s why I got interested in Plume Labs—there’s so many opportunities to learn and do new things. On top of that, we’re working on an issue that’s becoming more and more urgent (unfortunately). Here we make the invisible visible, and if it helps people to understand the air they breathe, I feel like I’m making a difference 🙂

What’s the weirdest / craziest / most interesting task you’ve had to do lately at Plume Labs?
I’m working in areas of expertise less familiar to me like packaging or industrial design. For example, last week I had to design a whole new package for Flow from scratch! Having training in interface design, I’m completely out of my comfort zone. It’s awesome.

What’s the biggest pollution spike you’ve recorded with your Flow?
Something around 130 AQI 😬

What makes Plume Labs a special place to work?
We’re working on a really important topic that will unfortunately become one of the major issues in the upcoming years. 

How have you improved your life using Plume data and/or products?
Indoor air quality for sure. I pay attention to the fact that the air at home is good (or not). If I ever see that the AQI is high inside, I immediately open my windows to ventilate.