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Fabrice André, Alain Aspect, Hugo Duminil-Copin and Pascale Senellart made permanent members of the Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee

Science and society Article published on 08 December 2023 , Updated on 17 January 2024

On Thursday 7 December 2023, the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced the creation of a Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee, made up of twelve scientists. “The committee will bring together researchers working in a wide range of fields, who will advise the President on how best to place science at the heart of technical decisions and strategy,” said the Élysée Palace.

Four of the twelve appointed scientists are members of the scientific community at Université Paris-Saclay.


Fabrice André has been a Gustave Roussy Research Director since 2020, and is a medical oncologist specialising in breast cancer and a professor of medicine at Université Paris-Saclay. His work combines various complementary areas of oncology research, from basic to clinical research, bioinformatics and biotechnology. He coordinates three projects: the CANTO cohort study, RHU MyProbe, and PRISM, financed by the French government investment programme - Investissements d’avenir. Fabrice André has also been listed as the one of the world’s most Highly Cited Researchers according to the Web of Science Group for several years.

Hugo Duminil-Copin is a French mathematician specialising in probability theory and a professor at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) since 2016. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 2022. His work focuses on the mathematical branch of statistical physics. He studies phase transitions, i.e. sudden changes in the properties of matter, and uses probability theory to analyse mathematical models which describe physical phenomena, such as magnetisation, polymers and material porosity.

Alain Aspect is a physicist specialising in quantum physics and laureate of the Nobel Prize for Physics 2022. He is a professor at Institut d’Optique Graduate School (Université Paris-Saclay), an affiliate professor at ENS Paris-Saclay, an associate professor at École polytechnique, and an Emeritus CNRS research director at the Charles Fabry Laboratory (LCF – Univ. Paris-Saclay/Institut d’Optique Graduate School/CNRS). His pioneering work in quantum entanglement has paved the way for quantum technology today. Alain Aspect is also the cofounder of Pasqal, a start-up specialised in quantum computing.

Pascale Senellart Mardon is a physicist specialising in quantum mechanics, and a CNRS research director at the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (C2N – Univ. Paris-Saclay/CNRS/Univ. Paris-Cité). She has been a member of the French Academy of Science since 19 December 2022. Her work focuses on the interaction between solid-state physics, quantum optics and nanotechnologies. In 2017, she cofounded the start-up Quandela, which creates and markets the unique photon sources she developed, to support the development of light-based quantum technologies. Today, Quandela develops and markets the world’s first light-based quantum calculators.

The other members of the new French Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee

Jean Tirole, professor at the Toulouse School of Economics,
Claire Mathieu, researcher in computing and mathematics, CNRS Silver Medal award winner 2019,
José-Alain Sahel, ophthalmologist, CNRS Innovation medal award winner 2022,
Aude Bernheim, researcher in microbiology at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm),
Sandra Lavorel, ecologist and CNRS Gold Medal award winner 2023,
Pierre-Paul Zalio, president of Campus Condorcet since 2022, CNRS Bronze Medal award winner 2023,
Lucien Bely, historian and member of the Institut de France and the French Academy of Moral and Political Science,
Claudine Tiercelin, philosopher, and member of the French Academy of Moral and Political Science.

The future of French research

On Thursday 7 December 2023, in addition to announcing the creation of the Presidential Scientific Advisory Committee, President Emmanuel Macron invited over 300 researchers, representatives of higher education and research institutions, and company heads, to present his vision of the future of French research at the Élysée Palace.

Read the press release issued by the French university alliance, UDICE, (and of which Université Paris-Saclay is a member) on the President’s announcement on the UDICE website (in French).

Read the press release issued by France Universités on their website (in French).