Special Advisor to French President François Hollande for Higher Education and Research
Vincent Berger became advisor for higher education and research to French President François Hollande in October 2013 after serving for four years as president of University Paris Diderot–Paris 7. He first joined the university as a professor in 2001, heading its quantum phenomena and materials laboratory. Previously, he worked at the Laboratoire Central de Recherches at Thales (formerly Thomson-CSF) on the physics of optoelectronic devices. In 2002, he received the Société Française d’Optique’s Fabry-de-Gramont award, which honors high-quality research by early-career optic researchers, and was recognized by the MIT Technology Review as an “Innovator Under 35.” He has published numerous papers in international journals, and holds 15 patents. In 2012, he served as general rapporteur for the French assizes of higher education and research, which sought to improve relations between the government and the scientific community.