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Direction of International Relations and Affairs

Maëlle Flot has been Director for International Affairs since February 2018. She worked as Director for International Affairs, from 2013 to 2018, at University Paris Est Créteil (UPEC), after being Development Deputy Director.
Before joining Higher Education, Maëlle was journalist, chief editor of, a website for higher education professionals that she created in 2008 (Express Roularta Media Group).
She graduated from CELSA (School of Information and communication advanced studies), Paris 4 Sorbonne and Trinity College (Dublin) in History and International Relations. She has worked with organizations such as AUF (Francophone university association), EUA (European university association) and the European commission in Brussels.
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Professor Pierre van de Weghe

Professor Pierre van de Weghe studied chemistry at the Université de Paris Sud. In 1995, he completed his PhD within Professor Henri Kagan’s group of the use of samarium iodides in catalysis. After post-doctoral work in the University of Stuttgart with Professor V. Jäger as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, he joined Professor J. Eustache’s group in 1997 as a researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research in Mulhouse and obtained his research accreditation in 2004.

In September 2007, he was appointed professor at the Faculty of pharmacy at Université de Rennes 1 and was appointed vice-president in charge of international relations in May 2012. His main research focuses on the total synthesis of natural products, medicinal chemistry, and on the development of new methods of synthesis. He is director of the relocated Master 2 in medicinal chemistry at Vietnam National University in Hanoi where he is also developing a joint research project.

He was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2004 and the title of visiting scholar in Brazil (UFRGS, Porto-Alegre) for a 3 year Science without Borders programme from 2014.

Professor Sébastien Le Picard

Professor Sébastien Le Picard studied physics at the universities of Brest and Rennes 1. In 1998 he completed his PhD in Physics at Université de Rennes 1. In 1998 he was appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Professor I.W.M. Smith. In 1999 he was appointed Senior Lecturer in Physics at Université de Rennes 1 and obtained is research accreditation in 2007.

In 2011 he was nominated at the Institut Universitaire de France, and in 2017 was appointed Professor of Physics at Université de Rennes 1. In October 2017, he was appointed Vice-President in charge of European Programmes.

His main research focuses on experimental molecular physics applied to astrophysics. He is the coordinator of the Laboratory Astrophysics group at the Institute of Physics Rennes.

During his career, Sébastien Le Picard has been involved in various European networks and actions connected to molecular astrophysics as well as in two National Science Foundation (NSF) collaborative research networks. He is the coordinator of an International Research Network QUADMARTS funded by the CNRS, bringing together experimentalists from the USA and France working in the field of molecular physics applied to astrophysics, combustion and atmospheric chemistry.

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