Local Committees

Meet the ESOF 2018 Local Committees

The Local Committees are responsible for different aspects of the ESOF 2018 preparation at both local and national levels. They work in close cooperation with the ESOF 2018 delivery team and ensure synergies with diverse communities.

Local Organising Committee

The Local Organising Committee is made up of the ESOF 2018 main partners’ representatives. The members of the committee validate the strategic proposals of the preparatory phase and the projects shortlisted for the "ESOF 2018 – Toulouse, European City of Science" label. This committee is responsible for the global structuring of ESOF 2018, ensuring that it has a Toulouse and regional footprint, and mobilising local actors around this dynamic.

ESOF 2018 ambassadors

The Scientific Correspondents and Ambassadors ensure efficient interaction between the ESOF 2018 team and different communities. 

Designated by the research coordination centres of the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, the Correspondents participate in the definition of strategic aspects of the scientific programme.

The Ambassadors disseminate ESOF information in laboratories, associations or the industrial world and provide feedback on activities and ideas to the ESOF 2018 team.

Joëlle Aubin

Researcher, Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - Université de Toulouse

Chemical and Process Engineering


Originally from Australia, Dr Joelle Aubin obtained an honours degree in chemical engineering from The University of Sydney in 1997. She then received a PhD from both The University of Sydney and INPT under a joint-supervision program in 2001. She joined the CNRS as a permanent researcher in chemical engineering in 2003. Her research aims at developing innovative strategies, such as process intensification, for the improvement of industrial processes by controlling mixing and hydrodynamics. Emphasis is on equipment design, as well as the analysis and characterisation of the flow and mixing in the system.

She is an active member of both the European Federation of Chemical Engineering and the French Society of Process Engineering. She was part of the organising committee (in charge of communication and promotion) of the European Congress of Chemical Engineering in Nice 2015. She is currently organising the European Conference on Mixing that will be held in Toulouse in 2018.

Jean-Paul Berthias

Senior expert, CNES, National Centre for Space Studies



Dr Berthias started as a member of the lander science team of the 1988 soviet Phobos mission working on the dynamics of the Martian system. He joined CNES in 1991 to work on high precision orbit determination for the space altimetry mission TOPEX/Poseidon. He then was successively the head of the precise orbit determination group, the head of the Flight Dynamics division and the technical manager of the Systems Engineering department.

He is now senior advisor to the director for Orbital Systems, helping science projects and orienting decisions on technologies.  Dr Berthias received a NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal for his contribution to the measurement of sea level rise.

Henri Boisson

Research director, UMR 5502 CNRS/INPT/UPS

Fluid  Mechanics


Specialist for Physics of Turbulent and Complex Fluids, he has developed experiments and Numerical Simulations for modelling flows in Aeronautics, Hydraulics and Process Engineering. He has taught Fluid Mechanics, Signal Analysis and Numerical Simulation. Deputy director of Fluid Mechanics Institute of Toulouse and member of the steering committee of RTRA STAE, he has promoted Scientific and Technological Culture and participated to numerous regional actions such as “Novela” or “Quai des Savoirs” In Toulouse, The Year of Physics or “Fetes de la Science"...

Anaïs Bouzou

PhD student, Université Toulouse II Jean Jaurès – Toulouse


Gregoire Casalis

Deputy Director, L'ISAE-SUPAERO,  Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace


After the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Dr Grégoire Casalis worked at Onera in Toulouse as a researcher. His scientific expertise covers the flow stability approach (laminar-turbulent transition of the boundary layer), the instability and aeroacoustics of engine jet flows and the stability of the flow inside a solid propulsion rocket motor. He supervised more than thirty PhD students and contributes to more than 50 publications.

He was the first director of the doctoral school “Aeronautics & Astronautics” created in 2005 and devoted to multidisciplinary PhDs in the framework of aeronautics and space engineering.  He is Scientific Deputy Director of ISAE-SUPAERO since September 2016.

Vanessa Cattaud

PhD student ambassador, École Doctorale BSB, Université Paul Sabatier



Vanessa Cattaud is currently in thesis at the center of research on animal cognition (CRCA) on interneuronal dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease. Her thesis follows the graduation of a master biohealth specializing in cognitive and behavioral neurosciences at Toulouse in 2015. Among the PhD candidates who have applied to be part of the  ESOF organization in 2018, she was able to attend at ESOF 2016 in Manchester. She is a PhD candidate ambassador in the Toulouse ESOF 2018 team.

Jean Patrick Connerade

Emeritus Professor, Président de l'Académie Européenne

Physics and Literature


Jean-Patrick Connerade ex Prof of Physics at Imperial College London ex-Pres of Euroscience at ESOF's in Stockholm and in Munich. He is also a poet (in French) Heredia Prize of the French Academy, Verlaine Prize of the Maison de Poésie in Paris, Grand Prix Hugo of the Society of French Poets founder of the 'Science meets Poetry' events. Currently, Honorary Prof at ECUST in Shanghai TC Wang Prof at WIPM Chinese Academy of Sciences. Has worked in Italy for ESA, in Germany at the Friedrich Wilhelms University of Bonn, in Paris at the ENS, in Russia, at the Ioffe Institute of St Petersburg, etc. ex-Editor J Physics B, ex-external Examiner in Physics Oxford University, author of the monograph 'Highly Excited Atoms' (CUP) as well as a number of other works and about three hundred research papers. World Prize for Humanism in 2018

Chandrashekhar Patil

Research engineer (Marie Curie fellow), CRIOBE, University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Controlling mosquitoes


Chandrashekhar Patil was born on August 10, 1985 in the village of Maharashtra state of India. Since first years at the University, he has excelled and has received "first grade" for bachelors and Master's degree and “excellent” for Ph.D. in Microbiology. Moreover, his research credibility is consecutively recognised by prestigious awards and fellowships of the university, state, national and International repute (e.g. Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellowship). He has published >50 research articles in the peer-reviewed international journals. He has also contributed to science awareness programs by participating as a mentor in annual National children science congress organised by the government of India. He has already made interventions in schools to talk about his research projects, about the importance of controlling mosquitoes and the easy everyday practices for limiting their proliferation. He currently lives in France and enjoys spare time by listing a classical music.

Pascal Delmas


Research, innovation, science and society


Pascal spent 30 years of his life in the pharmaceutical industry research. Since 2014, he is in a vocational retraining program at University of Toulouse. He receive the master degree in communication in 2015. Than he is involved in research-action in citizen science until june 2017. During this study, he is engaged for the dissemination of RRI-tools european program by Science Animation (2016). Pascal is pleased to be ESOF 2018 ambassador, to continue his commitment to research and innovation and in the program "science with and for society".

Patrick Descoins

Task Officer, Agence Régionale de la Santé de Midi-Pyrénées



Patrick Descoins is a doctor of pharmacy. He has master's degrees or certificates in general immunology, medical statistics, clinical research methods and epidemiology, and scientific analyst. His doctoral thesis of Pharmacie Hospitalo-Universitaire focused on the epidemiology of multiple sclerosis in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the study of the contribution of immunogenetic markers in the evolutionary prognosis of the disease. Since 1991, he worked as a health economist at the DRISS (Regional and Interdepartmental Department of Health and Solidarity) and then as a research officer at the Midi-Pyrenees DRASS, ARH (Regional Agency for Hospitalization).

He is currently Project Officer at ARS Occitanie. He is the author and co-author of more than 27 scientific articles and works mainly in the cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of the health and social field, the digital, prospective.

Elise Desplas

Task Officer, Association Délires d'encre

Carine Duffaut

Project Manager, Inserm UMR 1027


Dr. Carine Duffaut has a PhD in physiopathology from the University of Toulouse. Following this experience in basic research, she moved towards epidemiological research. After coordinating a cohort study on prematurity in Ile de France (in unit 1053), she joined epidemiology unit 1027 in Toulouse. Since 2013, she is a project manager and works on topics related to early childhood and disability. She is currently coordinating a large European cohort study on cerebral palsy. Passionate about scientific communication, she joined the community of ESOF 2018 ambassadors.

Camille Dumat

Professor, Institut National Polytechnique Toulouse

Environment, risk


After a training as a chemical engineer and doctor of soil sciences, a position of Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at Paris VI University, Camille DUMAT is now Researcher at CERTOP "Transition Ecology Axis", Professor at Toulouse INP and President of Réseau-Agriville (http://reseau-agriville.com/).

With a dual expertise in Biogeochemistry and Sociology, she develops a multi-criteria and multidisciplinary approach in the context of her researches and teaching aimed at ecological transition: urban agricultures, industrial wastelands, environmental health, support for change of practice in agriculture, collective urban gardens. Currently co-author of approximately 200 publications and indexed books; index h = 37

Sylvie Etcheverry

Communications officer, OMP, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées


Christine Ferran

Communications officer, Inserm


After a university training in biochemistry in Montpellier II and Paris VI, Christine Ferran, aged 45, worked in scientific publishing (Le point vétérinaire et les éditions Masson). She joined Inserm in 1999 as a publishing secretary at the National Agency for Research on AIDS and Hepatitis in Paris. She discovered for 5 years the participatory research with the essential involvement of the patient associations and the commitment for the research in the countries of the South. In 2001, she participated in the 12th International Conference on AIDS and STD in Africa in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and in 2002 at the 14th World Conference on AIDS in Barcelona.

She subsequently followed the courses in medical anthropology led by Alice Desclaux, an anthropologist, at the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences in Aix en Provence. She joined the regional delegation of Inserm Toulouse-Occitanie at the end of 2004 where she held the position of communications officer. In 2016 - 2017, she follows the training of Inserm's high-potential executives (3rd promotion). She is particularly interested in the various forms of mediation to share knowledge between the scientific community in biomedical research and the general public, whether schoolchildren or sufferers, their relatives and patients' associations. She is a member of the association Femmes & Sciences.

Ophélie Fraisier

PhD student ambassador, École Doctorale MITT, Université Paul Sabatier

Analysis and detection of stances on social media


After a degree in computer science and a master's degree in Statistics and Business Intelligence, Ophélie chose to start a PhD on the detection of stances on social media.Currently in the 3rd year, she has had the opportunity to explore these themes through numerous collaborations, and in particular within the interdisciplinary project Listic focusing on the place of digital tools in political activism in France and Brazil.

Former representative of IRIT's PhD students, she now focuses mainly on the finalisation of her thesis and the organisation of ESOF and Science in the city.

Jean Marie François

Professor, Laboratoire d’Ingénierie des Systèmes Biologiques et des Procédés, (LISBP)

Microbiology & Biotechnology


Jean Marie FRANCOIS is Ph D in Agronomy and Biological Chemistry from University of Louvain (UCL) Belgium in 1988. He became full professor in Industrial Microbiology and Nanobiotechnology at National Institute of Applied Sciences /Toulouse in 1993 and reached the exceptional class in 2010.

His research activities are focused on “Integrated Physiology and Functional Genomics in microbial systems, with specific issues on regulation of microbial carbon and energy metabolism, cell wall biogenesis, and metabolic refactoring of microbial metabolism. He is author/co-authors of more than 180 peer reviewed paper and 15 patents. He has also given more than 100 conferences/ seminars in international meetings or foreign laboratories. He is also cofounder DENDRIS SAS, a spin off dedicated to molecular diagnosis using state of the art micro and nanotechnologies.

Yves Gourinat



Yves Gourinat was 7 years Structural Engineer (Aerospatiale Avions) then 10 years Associate Professor for space techniques at ENSICA. Since 2003 he is a Professor at ISAE, where he heads the Department of Mechanics, in which he founded the biodynamic team. Director of the AeroSpace Doctoral School (ED 467) from 2012 to 2016, he is since 2015 Deputy Director of the Clément Ader Institute (UMR CNRS 5312).

Ensma  Engineer, PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Habilited to Lead Research, Qualified Professor of the Universities, author of 229 referenced scientific contributions (132 internationals) Prof. Yves Gourinat holds the FJ Malina Astronautics Medal (IAF) and is Officier des Palmes Académiques.

Safouane Hamdi

University Lecture, EA3694 CHU Purpan

Laboratory Medicine


Safouane HAMDI is Pharm D. and Clinical Chemist, former resident of Paris Hospitals and former student of Pasteur Institute. He is a graduate from Paris V, VI and VII Universities and holds a PhD of cell biology from Toulouse University. He is now a senior practitioner in the Central Laboratory of Toulouse university hospital, specialized in hormonal investigations for children and adults. He is also an associate professor of Purpan College of Medicine where he teaches biochemistry and laboratory medicine. Within the Research Group on human fertility, he is conducting research on male reproductive diseases (andrology).

Michelle Kelly-Irving

Researcher, Inserm UMR 1027


I am a life course epidemiologist working on the impact of the early life environment on later health. My research investigates the early life and life course processes involved in constructing the social gradient in health.  I have a social science background and develop concepts methods and analyses within the field of public health. I work on interdisciplinary research projects combining social and biomedical sciences to examine the social-to-biological transition.

Anne-Laure Klein

Director of Communication, EDF, Electricité de France

Energy – communication  - Cultural programs 


Anne-Laure Klein graduated from the Marseille Business School (KEDGE 1997) and from the DESS Marketing of the Paris IX-Dauphine University. She joined the EDF Group in 1999 in Paris where she started as head of the customer care department in the electricity distribution Division, then from 2002 to 2008 she was responsible for external communication BtoB at the head office of the Sales Department of EDF.

At the creation of the distribution subsidiary ERDF, she is appointed in 2008 as communication manager for northern France. She joined RTE in Toulouse in 2009, as communication manager for the southern electricity transmission subsidiary.

With this broad background in the EDF Group, she became in 2012 communication director of the EDF Regional office in Occitania and is responsible of the cultural programs of the EDF Bazacle Complex : an original cultural place in the city center, with its hydropower plant still in operation and its panoramic terrace on the Garonne river.

Max Lafontan

Research director, Inserm/UPS UMR 1048

Physiology – Adipose tissue metabolism - obesities


Emeritus Director of Research Inserm (2 009 - ) - Agregation  (Biological Sciences) (1969) – D.Sc. (1979) - Assistant-Professor and Associate-professor of Animal Physiology-Endocrinology.  Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse (1970-1984) - Inserm Director of Research (1985-2009). Director of Inserm Unit 317  (1988-2003) and Head of the Institut Louis Bugnard (1992-1997). President of the French Association for the study of Obesity  (AFERO) (1993-1999) and member. Member of “Académie des Sciences Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres de Toulouse”. 

Scientific production: 250 original papers and 45 reviews  and book chapters.

Research topics :  Heterogeneity of adipocyte adrenergic receptors and of their signalling systems - Regulation of lipolysis and lipid mobilization by catecholamines and natriuretic peptides  (cardiac origin) in humans. Adipose  angiogenesis and adipose tissue remodelling. Deciphering obesity heterogeneity.

Jordan Lombard

PhD student, École Doctorale CLESCO, Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès


Anne Mauffret

Communications officer, Toulouse Aerospace

Aeronautics, Space, Embedded Systems, AI, robotics, biotechnology, biodiversity


Anne Mauffret is science and technology communication consultant. Strong of its biology background (USTL Montpellier) and of a master’s degree in innovation (Nantes business school), the course of her career has taken her inside a wide range of sectors (agronomy, health, genomics, engineering sciences) within numerous structures (Terres Univia, INRA, INSERM, GénoToul, LAAS-CNRS) and with companies (big groups, start-ups, Digital Place cluster). The managing of a European project introduced its career. Since 2013, she is a partner of the IRT Saint-Exupéry, the French institute of technology dedicated to aeronautics, space and embedded systems. Fascinated by the complex and innovative subjects, she emphasizes the know-how of her customers by deploying the tools of the communication and outreach.

Charlotte Møller

Student, musicien, UPS, Université Paul Sabatier

Data Science


Charlotte Møller is a Danish keyboard player with master’s degrees from the Royal Danish Academy of Music and a Premier Prix from Conservatoire de Toulouse. She is specialized in 18th century music life, the pianoforte in particular, and as such she was invited scholar in musicology at Cornell University in New York in 2010.

She enrolled in computer science studies at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse studies upon her arrival in France in 2012.

Benoît Moulas

Director, Agora Industries

Space and Industry


Passionate about technological and industrial companies.
Engineer ICAM 1980 and IFG 1990. 30 years of creation and management of SME:

- In 1988, DIGITAL VISION, barcode reader and micro-cameras.
- In 1991, ARCK INGENERIE, Mechanical Engineering and Electronics.
- In 2007, MIDISOLAIRE Photovoltaic energy
- Since 2008, President and founder of AGORA Industries group, COMAT and MICROTEC, French leader in space equipment. Mechanical and electronic manufacturers with high added value.
Very involved in Occitanie: President of the ICAM engineering school,
Director of the AESE pole, honorary judge of the Commercial Court of Toulouse. Cercle d’Oc, Leader, Capitol Angel


Adrien Picquout

Manager of the International PhD Office at the Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées 

International actions officer


Adrien Picquout has a PhD in geography on in disaster risk reduction and management from the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. After writing a thesis on the geographical impacts of the 2010 Merapi volcano eruption in Indonesia, and researching with CNRS (France) on the populations’ vulnerability to natural risks, he joined ASB (Arbeiter Samariter Bund) Indonesia in 2013 to manage the implementation of a disaster risk reduction (DRR) project for communities living in the Mentawai Islands, in Indonesia, to cope with earthquakes and tsunamis. Since 2014, he has been manager of the International PhD Office within the University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, where he is in charge of the promotion and internationalization of the PhD degree in Toulouse and works directly with both foreign and French students. He is Ambassador for ESOF Toulouse 2018.

Martine Poux

Research Engineer, LGC, Laboratoire de genie chimique


Flavie Prézélus

PhD student ambassador, LGC-LISBP

Process Engineering - Water treatment


Flavie Prézélus is a third-year PhD Candidate in Process and Environmental Engineering at the University of Toulouse (LGC and LISBP laboratories). She holds a Master of Engineering degree in Process Engineering (ENSIC, Nancy, 2012) and a Specialized Master degree in Water Management (AgroParisTech, Montpellier, 2013).

Her PhD topic focuses on the eco-design of membranes used to produce drinking water.

She works since 2010 in the field of water treatment: operating wastewater treatment plants, monitoring research projects on micropollutants, studying French public services.

Former co-chairman of the PhD Candidates Association of the LGC, she is currently ESOF 2018 Ambassador.

Emilie Roffidal

Researcher, UMR 5136 FRAMESPA UT2J

History, art history


Emilie Roffidal is CNRS researcher in FRAMESPA laboratory since 2041. Her research concerns la place of art academies in society in the 18th century and their role for economic development at local, national and international level. She has benefitted from research bursaries and is implicated in valorisation of human and social sciences. She is member of the scientific committee of museums in France for acquisitions (PACA) and is involved in patrimonial questions. 

Sylviane Sabo-Etienne

Research director, CNRS, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC)



Dr Sylviane Sabo-Etienne is CNRS Research Director at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC) and vice-director of the Toulouse Chemical Institute (ICT). Her research is centered on organometallic chemistry towards applications in the fields of catalysis and energy with a special focus on hydrogen (more than 150 articles and 40 invited lectures in international conferences). She serves as an expert in several national and international committees. From her most recent distinctions one can cite in 2018 the ScotChem Lecturer award (UK) and in 2015 Mme Claude Berthault Prize ( Fondation de l’Institut de France) and the Berthelot medal (French Academy of Sciences).

Isabelle Saves

Head of International Cooperation, IPBS (Institut Institut de Pharmacologie et de Biologie Structurale), CBI Toulouse (Centre de Biologie Intégrative de Toulouse)

International Cooperation 


After a 15-year experience of research against infectious diseases at the French CNRS, Dr Isabelle Saves turned to international cooperation. Seconded for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, she first focused on setting up and developing the pharmacist training program at the University of Antananarivo (Madagascar). With an additional four-year experience as attaché for scientific and academic affairs at the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macao (China), she returned to CNRS - regional delegation of Midi-Pyrénées - on September 2016 as head of the international cooperation of the Federation of Research in Biology of Toulouse (FRBT).

The FRBT comprises the Centre for Integrative Biology (CBI-Toulouse) and the Institute for Pharmacology and Structural Biology (IPBS), representing 6 joint research units of the CNRS and the University of Toulouse. It is home for more than 600 staff, representing almost 40% of the working force in biological sciences in Toulouse.

Claudine Serradeil - Le Gal

Research Director at CNRS, Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination

Research & Development in pharmaceutical industry-Infectious diseases and antibioresistance- Europeen partnerships-Technologic development to assist visual Handicap


Claudine Serradeil-Le Gal is engineer by training in Biology (INSA Lyon). She spent 30 years in the R&D organization at Sanofi from scientist to project team and group leader. She contributed to the development of several drug candidates from discovery to the market. She acquired strong experience in molecular biology, receptology and pharmacology in the field of neuropeptides, immunology and infectious diseases. She disclosed more than 60 publications and 40 patents. In 2014, she joined VibioSphen, a SME in infectious diseases, as Research & Innovation Officer. During this course, she was in charge of various partnerships within European consortiums. She is administrator in associations developing technological innovation and devices to assist visual handicap. She is ambassador in the Toulouse ESOF team.

Delphine Texier-Bachoc

Communications officer, OMP, Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées

International cooperations


Delphine Texier entered the French national center for scientific research (CNRS) in 2006 to create an International Affairs Office at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (OMP). Her activities aim at increasing, at making visible and at structuring the European and international activity of the OMP by developing actions related to project engineering, communication and steering. Another recent mission concerns technological transfer and relation to private companies. Before being a Research Engineer at CNRS, Delphine was successively: Researcher in climate modeling (1994-2000), at the French national atomic Agency (CEA) during a PhD, then at the University of Reading (UK); Expert in climatology at AXA Reinsurance (2000-2002); Coordinator of scientific studies at the French national radioactive waste management agency (ANDRA) for the demonstration of the feasibility of deep storage for high-level long-lived radioactive wastes (2002-2006).

Sylvie Vauclair

Emeritus Professor, astrophysician, IRAP L'Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétologie



Sylvie Vauclair is an Astrophysicist at "Institut de Recherches en Astrophysique et Planétologie", Toulouse, France; Emeritus Professor at the University of Toulouse; Honorary member of Institut universitaire de France; member of Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and Academia Europaea. She is internationally implied in scientific and transdisciplinary communication. She is a member of the organizing committee of the international IAU commission “communicating Astronomy with the Public”. She is Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Officier des Palmes Académiques, Officier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite. Her name has been given to an asteroid (352333 Sylvievauclair).

See more details about her biography and actions in English on the website www.sylvievauclair.com

Jesus Villalobos

PhD student ambassador, Laboratoire de Génie Chimique

Process Engineering – Wastewater management


PhD student currently in his last year of PhD, he holds a Master degree in Process Engineering (University of Toulouse, 2013), he also has a Professional Degree in Process Engineering (IUT Paul Sabatier, 2011). His thesis is held at Toulouse INP and focuses on the treatment of wastewater by innovative processes.

Between 2013 and 2015, he worked in Wangaratta (Australia) first in a research project between Victoria University and Bruck Textiles, then as an environmental engineer for the company.

Co-chairman of the association of PhD candidates of the LGC, “l'Alambic,” he is currently one of the ESOF 2018 Ambassadors

Nadia Vujkovic

Communications officer, Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier

Support and aid of laboratories


After a university degree in inorganic chemistry at the University of Strasbourg, Nadia Vujkovic completed a PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. After a postdoctoral position at the “Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination” in Toulouse, she decided to retrain in scientific communication and followed a one-year training course at CNAM Toulouse. In 2013, she set up and coordinates the actions of the International Year of Crystallography in Midi-Pyrénées. Since April 2014 she is communication officer at Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier University in connection with its research structures.

Allan Wilsdorf

Education officer, UMS-015 – French Clinical Research Infrastructure Network 

Clinical research


A trained chemical Engineer with work experiences ranging from chemical R&D, to social Medias and pharmaceutical industry, Allan Wilsdorf has joined the coordination of the clinical research national infrastructure « F-CRIN » in 2013 where he runs the Education and Training Unit. After 5 years of development, the training courses proposed by F-CRIN to the professionals as well as the patients are of about 10 per year. To this must be added the online launching of an innovative information platform, the “Training Course Advisor”. The development of a “French model” concerning continuous training in the field has recently led him to be greatly involved on a European and international level (academic representative on the Executive Board of EUPATI France / co-coordinator of CRIGH’s Project 2, carried by ECRIN).


Mohand Boughanem

Pole UFTMP - Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Information and Engineering

Computer science


Mohand Boughanem is a Professor at the University of Toulouse 3. He received his PhD in computer science from university of Toulouse in 1992. He was responsible of one of the 7 research axis of IRIT laboratory. His current research focuses on Information Retrieval (IR) and Opinion mining. He has served as program and tutorial (co) chair and program committee member of the major IR conferences and journals. In 2004, he founded ARIA (the French Association of Information Retrieval) and CORIA (the annual French conf. in information retrieval). He published more than 100 papers in international conferences and journals and he advised more than 25 Phd thesis

Stéphane Colin

Pole UFTMP - Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Information and Engineering



Stéphane Colin has been a Professor at INSA since 2002 and currently leads the Modeling of Mechanical Systems and Microsystems Group of the Clément Ader Institute. He is a specialist in Microfluidics and is particularly interested in gas microflows and their applications. He is the author of several books on microfluidics and chairs the series of “Microfluidics” international conferences he initiated in 2008. He created the Microfluidics working group of the French Hydrotechnics Society and is coleader of the “Microfluidics and Microreactors” Group of FERMaT Research Federation. He was coordinating the GASMEMS Network aimed at structuring the European research on gas microflows.

Xavier Collet

Pole UFTMP - Biology, Agronomy, Biotechnology, Health


Julie Cullimore

Pole UFTMP - Biology, Agronomy, Biotechnology, Health



Julie Cullimore completed a PhD in plant biology at the University of East Anglia before working as a Lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick, UK. She moved to France in 1991, where she works as a Research Director at the National Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA) at the Laboratory of Plant Microbe Interactions at the INRA Toulouse Campus. Since 2016 she has also taken on the responsibility of Deputy Director of the Research Federation of Agrobiosciences, Interactions and Biodiversity (FR AIB). Her research interests concern the nitrogen-fixing symbiosis between legume plants and Rhizobia bacteria.

Olivier Guerrier

Pole UFTMP - Humanities, Social Sciences and Society

Relationship between literature and knowledge


Olivier Guerrier is Professor of French Literature of the Renaissance, a specialist in the relationship between literature and knowledge, the reception of Antiquity, and relations between France and Italy in Humanism, as well as ancient and modern theories of Fiction and Truth.
Honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France, he led the organization of the annual symposium in 2013, at the Hôtel Dieu in Toulouse, on the "Truth". He is also President of the Société Internationale des Amis de Montaigne (SIAM), oldest Society of Friends of Writers of France (1912). Co-director of the Séries La Boétie at the Classiques Garnier in Paris, and of the collection "Lettres et culture" at the Presses Universitaires du Midi, he is also Correspondent for the UTJJ of the European Network of the International Plutarch Society (IPS), and has contributed to various national expertises (Université Paris Sorbonne 2013) and international (United States and Canada).

Xavier Marie

Pole UFTMP - Sciences of matter


Pierre Monsan

Pole UFTMP - Biology, Agronomy, Biotechnology, Health



Pierre Monsan is Professor Emeritus INSA, University of Toulouse. He was elected member of the French University Institute (IUF) from 2003 to 2013. He is Founding Director of Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB). He is co-founder of several start-up companies: BioEurope, BioTrade and Genibio. He is founding member of the French Academy of Technology, member of the French National Academy of Agriculture, and of the College of Fellows of AIMBE. He is member of the Executive Board of EFB and Chairman of FFBiotech. His field of activity is enzyme catalysis molecular design. He authored more than 250 scientific publications, 3 books and 65 patents.

Jean-Louis Roujean

Pole UFTMP - Universe, Planets, Space, Environment

Remote sensing


Adjoined Director of the Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques (CNRM) – the research branch of Météo France (2016—2017).

Main contributor to the operational implementation of solar radiation products from PROBA-V optical instrument in the frame of the Copernicus Global Land Service (coll. with VITO institute in Belgium) (2016-2017).

Consultant for THALES ALENIA SPACE for the preparatory programme Meteosat Third Generation over Africa. (2015-2016).

Coordinator at METEO FRANCE of the Land Surface Analysis SAF project (EUMETSAT) and responsible of R&D short-wave products for the whole Consortium (1999-2017).

Member of TOSCA /CNES national committee. (2010 –present).

Section head of land surface remote sensing group at CNRM (2001-2009).

Review committees and panels for space agencies (NASA, ESA, EUMETSAT, NERC).

Participations to European COST actions.

Courses on remote sensing applications at Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie.Leader of several field experiments (Niger, Canada, Finland).

Isabelle Serça

Pole UFTMP - Humanities, Social Sciences and Society

Littérature française


Isabelle Serça is a French language and literature professor at Université Jean Jaures. She specialises in Proust as well as contemporary literature and is interested in writing. Her latest book, Esthétique de la ponctuation or “Punctuation Aesthetics” (Gallimard, “Blanche”, 2012) defines punctuation as an aesthetic object in literature but also in the arts. She currently works on the connections between literature, human sciences, hard sciences and the arts with the transdisciplinary project ProusTime. The aim of this programme is to reflect on time, drawing from Proust’s work with a team consisting of researchers from different backgrounds: history, language studies, economy, physics, neurosciences, geochemistry, computer science, fine arts, etc.


Katerina Soulantika

Pole UFTMP - Sciences of matter

Nanoparticle synthesis


Katerina Soulantika has obtained her PhD in the University of Athens in Greece. She is currently CNRS researcher in the Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-objets in Toulouse. Her research activity integrates the development of chemical methods and synthesis strategies that allow elaborating multifunctionalnano-objects presenting specific structural characteristics, in order to facilitate their integration in diverse applicative systems, but also for discovering new physical and chemical properties.

Mike Toplis

Pole UFTMP - Universe, Planets, Space, Environment


François Vernadat

Pole UFTMP - Mathematics, Sciences and Technology of Information and Engineering

Computer Science


Francois Vernadat is Professor at the National Institute of Applied Sciences Toulouse and he carries out his research activity at the LAAS-CNRS.  He received his PhD in 1989 from Toulouse University and the  habilitation in  2001.  His work deals with the modelling of constraint concurrent systems and also the application of formal description methods in industrial context. He was Director of the CNRS federation Feria on Computer Science and Automatic (IRIT, LAAS, ONERA). He participates at the animation team of the Embedded System domain of the Aerospace Valley cluster and is the director of the STAE (science and technology for aeronautics and space) foundation since May 2016.

Mireille Vignoles