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Director Laboratory APC

Institution: USPC - SET - SVS
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Director APC Since 2014

Université Denis Diderot (Paris FR)


·       Coordinator (“préfigurateur”) of the cluster of Sciences and Engineering of the Community of Universities Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, including the Universities of Paris 3, 5, 7, 13, Institute of the Physics of the Globe, Sciences Politiques, Institut des Langues INALCO. In the context of this mission, responsible for the formulation of the interdisciplinary program spanning a series of disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Informatics and Mathematics, Engineering Sciences).


·       Director (2014-2019) of the laboratory of Astroparticle Physics and Cosmology  (APC) a Mixed Unit of Research (200 agents) of University Diderot (Paris 7), IN2P3/CNRS, CEA, and the Observatory of Paris.                                                      


·       Co-director (2014-2019) of the Laboratory of Excellence (LabEx) UnivEarths combining  scientific expertise on Earth and environmental sciences, planetary sciences, high energy astrophysics , cosmology and fundamental physics, between the Institute of the Physics of the Globe, APC and a research unit of CEA (AIM). 


·       General Director (2017-) of the « Fondation pour la Recherche et la Formation dans le domaine de la Physique de l’Univers » in relation with the « Paris Center of Cosmological Physics », president George Smoot.


·       Chairman (2011-2014) of Astroparticle Physics European Coordination (APPEC).  APPEC   gathers 24 agencies from 19 European countries coordinating Astroparticle Physics in Europe. Member of its Steering Committee since 2002.  Elected chair with the mandate to upgrade the Coordination scheme to a Consortium. The consortium was finally founded in June 2012. Elected its first chairman in November 2012.


·       Deputy scientific director (2002-2012) of IN2P3/CNRS. IN2P3 is the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics in CNRS, managing 3000 researchers, technical and administrative personnel distributed in 20 laboratories across the country working on 40 large national and international projects and large infrastructures. In particular responsible of the Astroparticle Physics, Cosmology and Neutrino programs, concerning 15 large national and international (US, Japan, Italy, Argentina, South Africa) projects on ground, underground, underwater and space.


·       Director (2002-2011) of the CNRS interdisciplinary program “Particules et Univers”. The CNRS interdisciplinary program  “Particules et Univers” issued annual R&D calls around the themes of Astroparticle physics and their synergies with geosciences, climate and biodiversity.


·       Proposer and first Coordinator (2006-2012) of the EU funded ERANET agency network ASPERA (« AStroparticle Physics European Research Area NETwork»). ASPERA was funded by FP6 to advance the coordination of European Astroparticle Physics. Served as coordinator up to 2009, then co-coordinator of its continuation ASPERA-2 (FP7).


·       President (2003-2012) of the administration council of EGO. The European Gravitation Observatory (EGO) is the host institution of the VIRGO gravitational wave antenna in Pisa, funded mainly by Italy and France and more recently by Netherlands. Served as president from 2003 to 2008 and 2011-2012 and vice-president from 2008 to 2011.


·       Chairman (2011-2014) of the resource board of the AUGER High Energy Cosmic Ray Observatory, a multinational observatory (US, Argentina, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Brazil, …) of ultra high energy cosmic  rays in Argentina.


·       Principal Investigator (200̀7-) of the Institute of Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (KAVLI-IPMU). KAVLI-IPMU is an interdisciplinary Institute of Excellence  at Tokyo/Japan gathering Theoretical Physicists, Experimentalists and Mathematicians around the themes of Cosmology, Particle and Astroparticle Physics.  I was among the 15 principal investigators) that proposed it to MEXT in 2007 under the leadership of Hitoshi Murayama.


·       Chairman (2009-2013) of the Scientific council of  Instituto di Fisica de Altes Energias (IFAE) in    Barcelona .                                                                   


·       Chairman (2002-2012) of the resource boards of the national  laboratories: ANTARES Deep Ocean Observatory, LSM Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane,  Double-CHOOZ Reactor Neutrino Experiment.


·       Chief executive of the Public-Private-Partnerships (Groupements d’Intérêt Scientifique (GIS)) between IN2P3 and:  the company PHOTONIS on photodetection (20 05-2009), the company SAGEM on extreme   optics (2007-2011)




International Committee Membership


·       INC International Neutrino Committee for the Long-Baseline Neutrino   2015      program to the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) infrastructure           and to the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE).


·       ESFRI landscape subgroup on astronomy and astrophysics                              2014-2016


·       ECFA European Committee for Future Accelerators             (observer)          2012-2014


·       CERN council  for  the strategy sessions and strategy group  (observer)   2012-2014


·       OECD group AstroParticle Physics International Forum APIF                          2008-2013


·       IUPAP  group PANAGIC on worldwide astroparticle coordination               2005-2010


·       CERN Super Proton Synchrotron Committee (SPSC)                                             2008-2010


·       Member of the Steering Committees  of the international infrastructures: 2010-2012


Cherenkov telescope Array (CTA), Cubic Km Neutrino telescope (KM3net)


and  Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST)


·       Member of the steering committee of  the space programs (NASA/ESA) :  2002-2012


       AMS  on the ISS space station  and the FERMI satellite                  




National Committee Membership


·       National Council for Science and Innovation ( ESEK)  next to the Ministry                                    of Education and Research, Greece                                                                                      2016-


·       Comité d’orientation de la Fondation  Daniel et Nina Carasso                                              2016-


·       Committee of Large Research Infrastructures of CNRS                                                         2008-2012


·       Evaluation Committee for Space Research and Exploration  (CERES)  


 and Inter-Organism Committee (CIO) of CNES                                                                         2002-2012


·       Jury for the Institut Universitaire de France (IUF)                                                                   2010-2013


·       Member  of the Administration Council of  Athens University                                     2012-2013




Scientific council  membership




·        Scientific and Technical Council of Institut de Physique Nucléaire (IPNO)     2015-


·        Scientific  Council of Labex  OCEVU (Marseille) and  ENIGMASS (Annecy)     2013-


·        Scientific council     of IRFU/CEA                                                                                  2007-2012


·        Scientific council of  IN2P3 department (PNC)                                                        2001-2002


·        Scientific council of Nuclear  Physics Institute of Lyon  (IPNL)                          1997-2001


·        Greek National Astronomy Committee                                                                               2001-2003


·        Scientific council CNRS Research Group (GDR) on Supersymmetry                 1997-2002




Evaluation committee membership for the sake of  international agencies  and ministries




·        Fisica de Particulas et Aceleradores (FPA/MINECO),  Spain         (2015)


·        FLARE Swiss National  Science  Foundation evaluation panel         (2015)


·        Oskar Kein Centre Director evaluation committee                                 (2015)


·        Canada Foundation for Innovation SNOLAB mid-term review     (2014)


·        NOW/NIKHEF Director evaluation committee                                  (2014)


·        Roadmap for Large Infrastructures (Greek General Secretariat) (2013)                                                                                 


·        National Science Foundation (NSF)  ICECUBE mid-term review  (2013)


·        RIKEN/Japan  for the Computational Astrophysics Laboratory   (2010)


·        Helmholtz Association       for Astroparticle Physics programs    (2009)



Evaluator for the sake of  international agencies  and ministries




               European Research Council (ERC), Netherlands Organisation for Scientific research (NWO), Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KV), Suisse National Foundation (SNF), Belgian national research agencies (FNS and FWO), Italian Ministry for University and Research (MIUR, PRIN), Spanish Ministry of Science (MINECO), Instituto Nationale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Chinese Academy of Science (CAS), Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.




Teaching experience 


Courses in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Solid State Physics, Nuclear Physics, Standard Model of Particle Interactions, Quantum Chromodynamics, Supersymmetry, Particle Physics, in


·       University Paris 7 and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris   (2013-today)


·       University Lyon I and Ecole Normale Supérieure de  Lyon    (1996-2002)


·       University of Athens  (1982-1995)


Supervised  6 theses (1996-2002)


·       C. Heritier and F. Gharbi on OPERA


·       P. Verdier, N. Ghodbane, A. Duperrin and R. Nicolaidou on DELPHI


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