Philippe Lavocat, head of the Service de la stratégie de la recherche et de l’innovation at the French ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (MENESR), is appointed CEO of Genci and took up office on 1 July 2016. He succeeded Catherine Rivière who chaired Genci since its creation in 2007 and who is now director of the Centre de résultats « Ressources » of IFPEN.
Graduated from the École nationale supérieure de physique de Marseille, Philippe Lavocat, 56, spent most of his career with CEA where he was recruited in 1983. In 1987, he took the responsibility of large national and international projects in the field of instrumentation for particle physics, in link with Cern at Geneva (research programme of the Higgs boson) and Fermilab in the US (research programme of the top quark), and then in the field of spatial instrumentation for the benefit of several European and international space missions in collaboration with CNES, ESA and NASA.
From 2004, he served in managing positions, in particular at the Institut national de physique des particules et de physique nucléaire (IN2P3) of CNRS, where he was in charge of the policy for accelerators and spatial. In 2006, he joined the Direction des sciences de la matière (DSM) of CEA where he assumed, between 2009 and 2012, the follow-up of the very large research infrastructures, of industrial policy (Comité industriel Iter) and of spatial matters as deputy director of DSM.
Advisor “Spatial and research infrastructures” since 2010 at the office of the Haut-Commissaire à l’énergie atomique, he entered, in 2012, the MENESR as scientific advisor of the Directeur général de la recherche et de l’innovation (DGRI), in charge of the mission “Very large research infrastructures”. He created here the Département des grandes infrastructures de recherche.
Since 2014, Philippe Lavocat was head of the Service de la stratégie de la recherche et de l’innovation, leader within the DGRI of the thinking about numerical plan for higher education and research.
He succeeded Catherine Rivière who chaired Genci since its creation in 2007 and rejoined IFPEN as director of its Centre de résultats « Ressources ».