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A.B. (*) - 19/01/2018

Gérard Berry appointed member of the Scientific Council of National Education

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On Wednesday 10 January Jean-Michel Blanquer, French Minister for National Education, appointed the members of the Scientific Council of National Education and presented their missions. They include Gérard Berry, holder of the Algorithms, Machines and Languages chair at the Collège de France.

The Scientific Council of National Education (CSEN) is a scientific council attached to the French Ministry for National Education , and whose aim is to provide opinions and advice in the field of education and to promote new educational practices. With consultative powers, and made up of around 20 renowned leading figures working in different scientific disciplines, it has several central missions including promoting an experimentation and innovation culture so that schools can benefit from research contributions, in particular in the neurosciences, and to develop digital technology within them.

Among the 21 members of this new council is Gérard Berry , former Inria research director and professor at the Collège de France. A former École polytechnique student, engineer from the French engineering school Corps des mines, member of the French Académie des sciences, the Académie des Technologies and Academia Europaea, Gérard Berry was a researcher at the École des mines de Paris and at Inria from 1970 to 2000, scientific director of the company Esterel Technologies from 2001 to 2009, then Inria scientific director and president of the institute's evaluation committee from 2009 until 2012. He has held the Computer and Digital Sciences chair at the Collège de France since 2012, following two annual chairs in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. His scientific contribution concerns four main subjects: the formal processing of programming languages and their relationship with mathematical logic, parallel and real-time programming, computer-aided design of integrated circuits and the formal verification of programs and circuits. He is the creator of the Esterel programming language.

The general duties assigned to the Scientific Council of National Education

  • inform policy decisions on the main educational issues;
  • contribute - together with the French National Council for School System Evaluation (CNESCO) and general inspectorates - to educational reflection, as part of an interdisciplinary approach;
  • make recommendations in order to help teachers to better understand the students' learning mechanisms.

Keywords: Esterel technologies Scientific mediation Gérard Berry Collège de France