Born in 1959 in Nice, Jean-François Pinton, president of the ENS de Lyon since 2014, was himself a former student of the École Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud prior to its merger with the ENS de Fontenay.
After advanced studies in physics (he passed the agrégation in 1984), Jean-François Pinton joined the newly-born ENS Lyon in 1989. As a senior researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), he led research on statistical physics and complex systems.
In 2007, the French Academy of Sciences awarded him the Grand Prize of the Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) for his work on the dynamo effect. Jean-François Pinton also founded the International Center for Turbulence Research and sits on the editorial committees of several publications, including the New Journal of Physics and European Physical Journal.
- 2006-2001: Head of the physics lab at the ENS de Lyon
- 2011-2012: Deputy director in charge of the Research Department at the ENS de Lyon
- 2012-2014: Head of France’s National Physics Institute at CNRS
Véronique Queste has been executive officer at the ENS de Lyon since 2014.
Born in 1958 in northeastern France, she is a biological engineer and holds a degree in biology and plant physiology (1981).
She started her career in the private sector in 1982, managing a plant pathology lab for a major French seed maker before moving to the United States.
In 2003, she took a specialized training in quality management and joined the ENS de Lyon to implement a new quality policy at the school's biology facilities and later implement this organization in its research department, of which she became coordinator in 2010.
Born in 1967, Thierry Dauxois, vice-president in charge of research of the ENS de Lyon since February 3, 2020, studied in Toulouse before joining the very first promotion of ENS Lyon in 1987. In 1990, he obtained a 2nd place in the "agrégation" in physics before starting a thesis at the University of Dijon and at Los Alamos (USA) - Nonlinear dynamics and statistical mechanics of a DNA model - under the supervision of Michel Peyrard. He rejoined the ENS Lyon in 1994 when he joined the CNRS as a research fellow.
In the course of his career, Thierry Dauxois has taken on various administrative and research responsibilities. Thus, he was responsible for the Master's degree in Physics at ENS Lyon from 2005 to 2011; Director of the GDR Phenix from 2006 to 2009; President of section 02 "Theoretical Physics" within the National Committee for Scientific Research (CoNRS) from 2010 to 2012; and finally Director of Laboratoire de physique at ENS de Lyon from 2012 to 2020.
On the research side, his research themes are statistical physics and non-linear phenomena in general, with a particular interest in dynamic systems and chaos. After beginning in biophysics, he became interested in solitons, of which tsunamis are an example, before working on systems with long-range interactions (as in astrophysics).
Currently, using experiments and theoretical calculations, he is studying internal gravity waves, which propagate in the depths of the oceans.
Lyasid Hammoud holds a postgraduate degree in business law from the University of Rouen. Before joining the ENS de Lyon, he worked for France Telecom, the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) – a career encompassing the legal, financial and human aspects of administration, as well as matters of technology transfer and partnerships.
- 1999: France Telecom group – in charge of mergers and acquisitions
- 2000-2002: INRIA (French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation), legal advisor for public procurement, European contracts and intellectual property rights
- 2002-2006: CNRS – Department of legal affairs – advisor for contracts and intellectual property
- 2006-2007: CNRS – Special advisor to the director-general of the CNRS for the legal implementation of the 7th European Framework Programme for Research.
- 2006-2009: CNRS Institute of biological sciences – head of partnerships and technology transfer
- 2009-2012: CNRS Institute of biological sciences – deputy to the administrative and financial director (300 laboratories and research units, 5,000 agents)
- 2012-May 2015: CNRS Institute of physics – administrative and financial director (120 laboratories and research units, 2,200 agents).