The new Paris-Saclay University was officially created on november 5, 2019, following the publication of the decree of creation in France’s Journal officiel.
Estelle Iacona, President of Université Paris-Saclay
Estelle Iacona was elected President of Université Paris-Saclay on Tuesday 28 June 2022. Professor Estelle Iacona has been Vice President for the University’s Governing Board since March 2020.
Estelle Iacona is an engineer and a graduate of Polytech Nantes. She obtained her PhD from the École Centrale Paris, today known as CentraleSupélec. Funded by the European Space Agency, Estelle Iacona worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, where she has been made a member of the university’s Society of Scholars. Estelle’s research focuses on gas radiation and coupled heat transfers, and her main publications cover the fields of applied physics, heat and mass transfer, the radiative properties of gases, porous media, as well as future energy challenges.
As a professor at CentraleSupélec since 2007, Estelle Iacona was deputy head, and later head of the Macroscopic Molecular Energy and Combustion Laboratory (EM2C - UPR CNRS). In 2012, she was appointed Vice President and Head of Research at CentraleSupélec, before becoming Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs in 2016 until 2018. In 2019, Estelle Iacona became advisor to the President of CentraleSupélec for the deployment of the Université Paris-Saclay project. In May 2019, she joined the presidency team at the Paris-Saclay Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE), coordinating cross-cutting projects for the French national Investments for the Future Programme (PIA). In March 2020, she was appointed Vice President for the Governing Board of Université Paris-Saclay.
Estelle Iacona was also a member of the board at the École Centrale Casablanca from 2015 to 2019. She is also an independent member of the Board of Directors for XFAB Silicon Foundries, which designs and produces integrated circuits for industry stakeholders on six sites around the world.
The governing bodies of the university
The Governing Board
The Governing Board of Paris-Saclay University defines the policy set forth by Paris-Saclay University, elects its President and approves the strategic plan, as well as the organization and operation of Paris-Saclay University. It votes the budget and approves the accounts. Its specific powers are defined in the Articles of Association, as regulated by Decree 2019-1131 dated November 5, 2019, creating Paris-Saclay University and approving its Articles of Association.
It comprises 36 representatives: 18 representatives elected by and from among the staff and students of Paris-Saclay University, component-institutions, memberassociated universities, national research organizations of the units concerned, and 18 qualified experts from outside Paris-Saclay University.
The Academic Council
The Academic Council, sitting in plenary session, is the university's advisory board. The general policies pertaining to the academic life of the university are debated. Its specific powers are defined in its statutes.
It consists of 80 members, and comprises two bodies, the Education and Academic Life Committee (40 members, including 35 elected members and 5 external personalities) and the Research Commission (40 members, including 28 elected members and 7 representatives of ONR and OR partners and 5 outside persons).
As of 1st January 2020, Paris-Saclay University replaces Paris-XI-SUD University and the community of universities and institutions "Université Paris-Saclay", and integrates, as component-institutions which retain their legal personality, under the conditions specified in its statutes, the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech), “CentraleSupélec”, the “Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay” and the “Institut d'Optique Graduate School”. It also integrates the Institut des hautes études scientifiques, a recognised non-profit research organisation.
It includes the Universities of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Evry-Val-d'Essonne as member-associated universities by convention. These participate in its governance within the perspective of a merger.
CEA, CNRS, INRAE, Inria, Inserm and ONERA confirm their strengthened partnership with the new university. The scientific perimeter integrates the laboratories of the national research organisations located within the perimeter of Paris-Saclay University, listed by convention. The national research organisations are involved in the governance of the university.
The new university is established on the basis of the Order No. 2018-1131 of 12 December, 2018. With a commitment to integration expressed in its acts and statutes, the Paris-Saclay University wishes to become a university with solid international influence while being rooted in its territory. It is profoundly transforming the landscape of French higher education and research by intensifying a policy of training, research and innovation open to the world.
Sylvie Retailleau, currently Minister of Higher Education and Research of the French government, was the first president of Université Paris-Saclay (2 March 2020 - 20 May 2022).