Our Team [fr]
Dr. Jean ARLAT
Science and Technology Counsellor to the French Embassy
Jean Arlat has been appointed as Science and Technology Counsellor at the French Embassy in London in September 2016.
He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Toulouse (1976); he received his PhD (1979) and his Docteur ès Sciences diploma, both in Computer Science from the Institut National Polytechnique in Toulouse. In 1980, he was recruited by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and started to work with the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS) in Toulouse; he currently holds the position of Directeur de Recherche at CNRS. He was appointed as Director of LAAS-CNRS from 2011 to 2015. Due to the wide spectrum of activities conducted there, he was acquainted with a large set of fields (computer science, robotics an artificial intelligence, control theory, micro and nanosystems) and has contributed to promote interdisciplinary research (cyber-physical systems, sustainable energy production and management, technology for health).
His personal research area concerns the dependability of computer systems. His work has focused mainly on the experimental validation and benchmarking of the resilience of embedded systems aimed at critical applications (transports, space, energy, etc.), encompassing both accidental (hardware and software) faults and malicious faults. He has also contributed to foster partnership with industry; in particular, from 1997 to 2000, he led the Laboratory for Dependability Engineering (LIS) that gathered, on LAAS premises, researchers of the laboratory and engineers from five major French companies: Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, Electricité de France, Areva TA and Thales. He contributed as a member of the Scientific Councils for the Research and Technology Institutes Antoine de Saint Exupéry (2013-2016) and Railenium (2014-2016). He was also appointed as a member of the Boards for the Carnot Institutes Network (2011-2016) and for the Society for Accelerating Technology Transfer: Toulouse Tech Transfer (2012-2016).
He has held responsibilities with international learned societies; in particular, he chaired the IFIP Working Group 10.4 (1999-2005) and the IEEE Technical Committee (1994-1995), both on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. He has contributed to several international collaborations (BR, TW, ZA) and made long-term sojourns abroad, including six months in Japan (TIT - 1992) and one year in the US (UCLA - 1979-80). He has also contributed to several EU-funded projects, most of them involving partners in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Claire MOUCHOT
Scientific Attaché: Life Sciences
Having completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Manchester (2001), which was followed by a short post-doc position at King’s College London (2002-03), Dr. Claire Mouchot joined the Science and Technology Department of the French Embassy in December 2003 where she is Scientific Attaché in charge of Life Sciences.
Dr. Ludovic DROUIN
Scientific Attaché: Physical Sciences, Innovation, Energy and Environment
Ludovic Drouin has obtained a D. Phil. In chemistry from the University of Oxford (2008), after which he undertook a post-doctorate training in Prof. Shibasaki’s laboratory (2008-2009) at the University of Tokyo. After having spent his 2 years of post-doc, he joined the University of Paris-Sud and took a lecturer position in Prof. Aitken’s laboratory (2009). He then joined the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) (2010-2015) where he worked in the Drug Discovery Unit in the group of Dr. Hoelder. Since 2016, Ludovic has worked at the French Embassy in London as scientific attaché in the area covering Physical Sciences, Innovation, Energy and Environment.
Ms Eva LEGRAS
Deputy scientific attaché: Information and Telecommunications Sciences and Technologies
After having studied history, Eva Legras completed a master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences with a specialization in Scientific and Technical Information at the Enssib (French National School of Library and Information Sciences). Besides, she made various internships in cultural and scientific organizations (Institute of Research for Development, etc.).
She joined the Science and Technology Department at the French Embassy in December 2014 as a Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology, in charge of Information and Communication Technologies.
Mrs Laure CHELBI
PA to the Counsellor and Secretary of the Department
Since March 2005, Laure Chelbi is PA to the Counsellor and Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology.
Her previous positions were as PA and/or secretary in a variety of areas : shipping, diplomatic, oil exploration and production, and higher education.
Mrs Maryvonne DELORME
Maryvonne works for the French Embassy since 1998 and joined the Science and Technology Department in 2000. She is in charge of the reception, intendance and CNRS missions.
The SST works closely in collaboration with the Higher Education Department from the French Institute in the UK:
Dr. Catherine ROBERT
Higher Education Attaché
Catherine Robert has been the Higher Education Attaché for the United Kingdom since September 2013. She is a Maître de Conférences at the University of Paris 4 – Paris-Sorbonne. She simultaneously led the Franco-German Institute in Bonn and was the Higher Education Attachée for North Rhine-Westphalia and Hesse from 2008 to 2012.
She is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay / St Cloud and passed the Agrégation in German studies, before pursuing a Masters degree in Modern History at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris (Sciences Po Paris). She holds a PhD in Humanities and has dedicated her thesis to the geopolitics of the FRG in Southern Africa. She also taught at Sciences-Po, the Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi and at ESSEC, to name but a few.