Inria's Scientific Board

Changed on 29/09/2023

Responsible for clarifying the research policy of Inria, the Scientific Board plays a role as consultant and expert to assist the Board of Directors.

M. Hermenegildo
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Its role

Composed of 15 members appointed for renewable five-year terms, the Scientific Board gives its opinion on the major outlines of Inria’s science policy, such as the Strategic Plan.

  • It formulates recommendations based on evaluations of Inria’s areas of research. It also issues opinions on the development of the research centres.
  • It ensures consistency between changes in activity and the scientific programmes conducted at Inria. 
  • The Scientific Board rules on the appointment and re-appointment of research centre directors in coordination with the Board of Directors.

he Scientific Board is currently led by Manuel Hermenegildo, Professor at the Technical University of Madrid, who was appointed on 9 November 2017. He takes over from Kurt Mehlhorn, who had held the post since 2015.

Its composition

15 members (for a renewable term of office of four years).

Appointed members

  • 2 representatives from the fields of computer science and automation;
  • 2 representatives chosen from among the users of computer science and automation;
  • 6 scientists, from among whom the chairman is appointed;
  • 1 representative from the Ministry of Defence;

Elected members

  • 4 representatives of the scientific staff, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff.

His members

Appointed members

  • Manuel Hermenegildo (Director) - Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid;
  • Gilles Barbier - Chairman and CEO of Zenaton and founder of the startup Infinitic;
  • Isabelle Bloch - Professor at Télécom Paris;
  • Yves Caseau - Director of Axa's Digital Agency;
  • Patrick Johnson - Director of Scientific Research of Dassault Systèmes;
  • Patrick Thiran -  Professor at the Faculty of Informatics and Communications of l'EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne);
  • Axel Van Lamsweerde - Professor at the Department of Computer Science and researcher at Icteam (Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics) Catholic University of Louvain;
  • Barbara Wohlmuth - Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics at the Technical University of Munich.

Elected researcher members



Liliana CUCU (Inria of Paris)

Juliette LEBLOND (Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée)

Jean-Pierre MERLET (Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée)

Marianne AKIAN (Inria Saclay-Île-de-France)

Philippe MERLE (Inria Lille - Northern Europe)

George DRETTAKIS (Inria Sophia-Antipolis Méditerranée)


Elected ITA members (engineers, technicians and administrative staff)