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Sylvie Retailleau, appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research to the French Government

University Article published on 25 May 2022 , Updated on 31 May 2022

Sylvie Retailleau was elected President of Université Paris-Saclay on 2 March 2020. On Friday 20 May 2022, she was appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research to the French government.

Sylvie Retailleau is a Professor of Physics at Université Paris-Saclay. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (today ENS Paris-Saclay), Sylvie Retailleau obtained an Agrégation de physique in 1988 and received her PhD in Sciences in 1992 from Université Paris-Sud. Her research developed at the Institute of Fundamental Electronics (IEF, Université Paris-Sud/CNRS) focuses on the theoretical physics of semiconductor components for advanced electronics.

Sylvie Retailleau was head of the Master’s programme in Information, Systems and Technology until 2008. She was also head of the ‘Integrated quantum components for nanoelectronics’ research operation at the Institute of Fundamental Electronics (today C2N) since its creation in January 2002 until 2011.

Sylvie Retailleau was Vice President of the Physics Department at the Orsay Faculty of Sciences from 2007 to 2008, before becoming Vice-Dean of Education from 2008 to 2011 and later Dean of the Faculty from September 2011 until May 2016.

Sylvie Retailleau was President of Université Paris-Sud from May 2016 until December 2018, and then President of the Paris-Saclay Community of Universities and Institutions (ComUE), before her election as President of Université Paris-Saclay in 2020.

On 20 May 2022, she was appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research to the French government.