Béatrice Cailleau has studied Mechanics in 1992-1996 and received a diploma in Geophysics from the University of Grenoble, France, in 1997. She worked one year in computer programming in Cap Gemini Paris, and then joined the Graduate School of Geomar - Kiel University to specialise in finite and boundary element modelling applied to Geosciences. She obtained a PhD in Geophysics in 2003 devoted to the numerical modelling of volcano-tectonics interaction. As a postdoc scientist, she spent 2 years at the Geodesy Lab of Miami, USA, and 2 years at the Geodynamics Group of GFZ Potsdam to work on plate margin deformation of Central and South America. Since 2008, she is at Free University of Berlin investigating the role of cyclic processes, rheology and fluid-stress coupling in fault development and earthquake triggering.