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Scientific Committees

Inria's Scientific Board

Manuel Hermenegildo

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

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. The 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.

Its members

Appointed members

  • Manuel Hermenegildo (Chairman)
    Professor at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) ;
  • Aurélien Beaumont
    Director B2C (business to consumer) & marketing of 1000mercis ;
  • Isabelle Bloch
    Professor at Télécom ParisTech ;
  • Yves Caseau
    Group Head of Digital Innovation;
  • Ghislaine Doukhan
    Director of Safran Analytics ;
  • Patrick Johnson
    Sciences, Corporate Research VP at Dassault Systèmes ;
  • Patrick Thiran
    Associate professor at the School of Computer and Communication Sciences of EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland);
  • Frédéric Valette
    Representing the Ministry of Defence
  • Axel Van Lamsweerde
    Professor at the Department of Computing Science and Research Associate at the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium ;
  • Barbara Wohlmuth
    Professor at technische universität münchen (TUM), Munich, Germany.

Elected members



Hugues BERRY (Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes)

Julien DIAZ (Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest)

Juliette LEBLOND (Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée)

Jean-Pierre MERLET (Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée)

Philippe MERLE (Inria Lille - Nord Europe )

Nicolas HOLZSCHUCH (Inria Grenoble - Rhône-Alpes)

Elected members - Representatives of the scientific personnel, engineers, technicians, and administrative staff




Florian DUFOUR (Inria Headquarter)

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