After a theoretical education Anne L’Huillier decided to go into experimental atomic physics for her thesis, which she performed at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique in Saclay, on the subject of multiple ionization using intense laser fields. After this she took the opportunity to learn more about theory during postdoctoral studies in Gothenburg and in Los Angeles. She got a permanent position as researcher at the CEA in 1986. In 1987 she participated in an experiment where high harmonics were observed for the first time using a picosecond Nd:YAG laser system. She was so fascinated by the experiment and decided to devote her research to it (and still does 23 years later). In 1992 she came to collaborate on an experiment at the newly inaugurated highpower laser facility in Lund, which included one of the first femtosecond titanium-sapphire laser systems in Europe. She moved to Sweden in 1994, got a lecturer position in 1995 and a professorship in 1997. She enjoys the university environment which allows her to combine research and teaching.