During my PhD at the Université libre de Bruxelles, I investigated, both theoretically and experimentally, self-organization in nonlinear optical cavities. I graduated in 2010 and moved to Ghent, for a three-year postdoctoral stay, to study frequency conversion in nanowaveguides. Our main focus was on silicon but we also investigated other materials such as amorphous silicon and indium gallium phosphide. In 2015, curious about studying pattern formation further, especially in the presence of a second order nonlinearity I went to Auckland University in New Zealand. In 2017 I was awarded a starting grant from the European research council to lead a full-scale effort to better understand the dynamics of quadratically nonlinear resonators.