Since September 2016, Dr. François Houllier has been chairing Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), the largest cluster of universities and higher education and research bodies in Paris (http://www.sorbonne-paris-cite.fr). USPC covers the whole spectrum of disciplines. In March 2018, USPC was granted an ‘Excellence Initiative’ by the French Government with the ambitious aim to merge three of its members in order to create the Université de Paris that will be one of the leading French universities.
An alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique and ENGREF, the National College for Rural Engineering, Waters and Forests, he got a PhD at the University of Lyon in 1986. He served at the French Forest Survey Service (1986-88), as a Professor of Forest Biometrics at ENGREF (1989-94), and as the Director of the French Institute in Pondicherry (India, 1994-97). In 1998, he joined INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, of which he became the President and CEO (2012-2016).
In 2015-16, he authored 3 reports to the French Government on issues related to science and innovation: ‘Participatory Sciences in France’ (http://twitts.fr/u/04t1); ‘Agriculture Innovation 2025’ (http://twitts.fr/u/04t0); ‘Research and Innovation for the Forest-based Sector in 2025’ (http://twitts.fr/u/04t2).