Trustees committee

The trustees committee (or strategical committee) validates the governance scheme. It elects the DIRECTOR of the Labex for 4 years (renewable) and defines the main strategic axes, including the possible extension of the scope of the PROJECT. It ensures the proper functioning of PROJECT at scientifical level, its control and its position in relation to LABORATORIES .

It is composed of one representative of each party to the agreement :

PRES SU, Sorbonne University is a Research and Higher Education Cluster (PRES),  

OBSP-M, Observatoire de Paris- Meudon

UPMC, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

CNRS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

Ecole Polytechnique,

ENS, Ecole Normale Supérieure

UCP, Université de Cergy Pontoise

U-PSUD, Université de Paris Sud

CEA, Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

ONERA, Office national d'études et de recherches aérospatiales

The trustees committee is chaired by Sorbonne Universités and meets at least once a year.


Steering committee


photo Chantal StehleChantal Stehlé, Director of PLAS@PAR
Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS
Obtained two thesis of Paris Sud University (with C. Flytzanis in 1975 and with N. Feautrier in 1987). She joined CNRS in 1978 and worked in different institutions in France (mainly at the Ecole Polytechnique and the University of Mont Saint Aignan). Since 1983 she is a member of Observatoire de Paris, whom she was Scientific Vice-President in 2003-2007. She had several position in various comittees at CNRS/INSU, Observatoire de Paris and Sorbonne University. She presently works mainly on accretion ejection processes in stellar physics with an approach, which combines both modeling and experiments.

photo Alain DuboisAlain Dubois, Vice-Director of PLAS@PAR
Full Professor at Sorbonne University
Alain Dubois obtained his PhD in Physics at Copenhagen University, where he spent 4 years, also at University of Bergen, in the groups of Prof. S.E. Nielsen and N. Andersen (Copenhagen) and Prof. L. Kocbach (Bergen). In 1991, he joined as Associate Professor the UPMC faculty (Sorbonne University) where he became Professor in 2003. His main research field is scattering theory and time-dependent close-coupling descriptions of atomic and molecular collisions in the keV energy range.


photo Pascal ChabertPascal Chabert, LPP representative
Director of LPP and Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS
Pascal Chabert obtained his PhD in Orsay University in 1999. After his PhD, he spent eight months at UC Berkeley, USA, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. Michael A. Lieberman. In 2000 he entered the CNRS to work at the Ecole Polytechnique as a permanent researcher in LPP. His main research fields are low temperature plasma physics and plasma processing. Until recently, the main area of application of his research has been plasma etching for microelectronics. However, in the last few years he has started activities in Plasma Propulsion for space application


photo Andrea CiardiAndrea Ciardi, LERMA representative and WP2 coordinator
Associate Professor at Sorbonne University
Andrea Ciardi obtained his PhD from Imperial College London in 2003. He then moved to the Observatory of Paris as a Marie Curie Fellow in 2005, where he stayed ever since.
He is currently a lecturer at Sorbonne University. His main research interests are the astrophysical applications of high energy density laboratory plasmas and star formation.

photo Catarina RicondaiCaterina Riconda, LULI representative and WP1 coordinator
Full Professor at Sorbonne University
Caterina Riconda obtained her PhD in 1996 at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology. After one year fellowship at the Joint European Torus, she was in Ecole Polytechnique, France  with a TMR Marie Curie grant, and in CEA, Saclay. Since 2003 she's Junior faculty in the University, first in the CELIA laboratory, and since 2007 in the LULI laboratory. Her main interests of research are theory and simulation in laser plasma interaction.

Briand-LRCarine Briand, LESIA representative and outreach coordinator
Astronomer at Paris Observatory
Carine Briand obtained her PhD in plasma physics in 1996 in Orsay university. She spent eight years as support astronomer for the THEMIS ground-based solar telescope located in Tenerife (Canary Islands). Back to France in 2004, she joined the plasma group of the LESIA. Her scientific activity concerns the kinetic instabilities observed in the solar wind (data analysis and kinetic simulations) Deputy director of the LESIA from 2009 to 2014, she is also member of the CNRS section 17 since 2012.


Paul Quentin Elias


Paul Quentin Elias, ONERA representative and coordinator of action toward industry
Paul-Quentin Elias graduated from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2003, and obtained Ph. D. from the same institution in 2007. His main research interests are the applications of cold or thermal plasmas to aerospace systems.




Christophe PrigentChristophe Prigent, INSP representative
Associate Professor at Sorbonne University
Christophe Prigent obtained a PhD fellowship from the CEA (French Agency of Atomic Research) in 2001 to work on the x-ray emission resulting from the interraction of intense laser with cluster. He received his PhD in 2004 from UPMC (Sorbonne University) and in 2005 after a few months at the Max Planck Institute für Kernphysik in Heidelberg, he became Lecturer at the Pierre and Marie Curie University (Sorbonne University). He performs his research activities at the INSP and his main research interests are to study the dynamic of strong coulomb perturbation of the matter (from gaz to solid through cluster) either by intense laser field or highly charged ions. 



Richard Taïeb, LCPMR representative


Director of LCPMR and Directeur de Recherche at the CNRS
Richard Taïeb obtained his PhD at UPMC in 1992. After his PhD, he spent eighteen months at JILA, Colorado University, Boulder, USA, as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the group of Prof. Peter Zoller. In 1993 he entered the CNRS to work as a permanent researcher at LCPMR from UPMC. His main research fields are theoretical study on attosecond physics and chemistry, highly non-linear physics and correlated ultrafast dynamics, using time-dependant approaches.


Thierry Dufour Plasapar
Thierry Dufour, WP3 coordinator 
Associate professor at Sorbonne University
Thierry Dufour defended his PhD in 2009 on experimental works dealing with atmospheric microplasmas (Gremi, Orleans). He undertook post-doctoral research at the University of Brussels (ULB) on plasma polymer functionalization, organometallics and colloids in plasma phase, plasma CO2 & syngas production. In 2015, he became Associate Professor at UPMC (Sorbonne University) where he teaches in Engineering and Physics. In 2016, he received his HDR (research supervisor accreditation). His main areas of interest are plasma medicine, plasma agriculture as well as plasma-liquid interactions.



photo Philippe SavoiniPhilippe Savoini, teaching coordinator
Full Professor at Sorbonne University
Philippe Savoini received his PhD in 1991 at CETP. Then, he spent two years at the Max Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik in Munich (Germany), as a Postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. G. Morfill. In 1994, he became Associate Professor at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (Sorbonne University) and works as a permanent researcher at LPP before becoming Professor in 2010. His main research fields are numerical simulations of space plasmas and, more particularly, the study of collisionless shock waves observed in the terrestrial environment.



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Maria Elena Galvez-Parruca, 2nd Circle representative
Associate Professor at Sorbonne University
Maria Elena Galvez-Parruca obtained her PhD in 2005 in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technologies at the University of Saragosse in Spain. During her postdoc at ETH-Zurich and subsequent years as researcher as lecturer, both at CSIC (Spain) and at ETH-Zurich, she has intensively worked on clean fuel production, andCO2 capture and valorization through different solar, electrochemical, thermochemical and catalytic routes. In September 2014 she joined UPMC (Sorbonne University) and became associate professor (HDR) in June 2016. Her main research interests are related to the intensification of chemical processes, mostly related to environmental protection and energy transformation and storage, such as plasma-catalytic CO2 valorization, as well as the use of solar energy and sonochemistry for thermochemical energy storage, biomass valorization and water treatment.


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Charlotte Mansour, PLAS@PAR Communication Officer & Temporary Project manager, Sorbonne University

Charlotte Mansour obtained her Master's degree in political science, communication and multimedia in 2013. She started work at a communication agency specialized in corporate and financial communication, where she was in charge of organizing print and digital projects of various companies. Then, she worked for Air Liquide S.A. as communication project manager, cooperating with more than 70 countries. Since September 2016 she coordinates the communication strategy of PLAS@PAR.



CoPil Composition

Chantal Stehlé (LERMA), Director
Alain Dubois (LCPMR), Vice-Director
Pascal Chabert (LPP), LPP representative
Andrea Ciardi (LERMA), LERMA representative and WP2 coordinator
Christophe Prigent (INSP), INSP representative

Richard Taïeb (LCPMR), LCPMR representative

Caterina Riconda (LULI), LULI representative and WP1 coordinator
Carine Briand (LESIA), LESIA representative
Paul Quentin Elias (ONERA), ONERA representative and coordinator of actions towards industry
Thierry Dufour (LPP), WP3 coordinator
Philippe Savoini (LPP), teaching coordinator
Maria Elena Galvez-Parruca (IJLRA, 2nd circle representative)
Charlotte Mansour (SU), Communication Officer & Temporary Project manager

CoPil Experts

Svetlana Starikovskaya (LPP), WP3
Paulo Angelo (LULI), WP3
Nicolas Sisourat (LCPMR), WP1
Etienne Pariat (LESIA), WP2
Dominique Vernhet (INSP), "Phare" expert


Scientific committee



Ambroglio Fasoli, CRPP, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Vice President

Vladimir Tikhonchuk, CELIA, Université de Bordeaux I, France


Patrick Audebert, Directeur LULI, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
Henri Bachau, CELIA, Université de Bordeaux I, France
Pascal Chabert, Directeur du LPP, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France
Vincent Coudé du Foresto, Directeur LESIA, OBSPM, Meudon, France
Richard Taïeb, Directeur LPCMR, CNRS, Paris, France
Julien Forest, ARTENUM, Paris, France
Achim Von Keudell, Fakultät für Physik und Astronomie Ruhr, Universität Bochum, Germany
Silvano Massaglia, Professor of Astrophysics,University of Torino, Italy
Denis Packan, ONERA, Palaiseau, France
Benoît Semelin, Directeur LERMA, Observatoire de Paris, Paris, France
Stefaan Poedts, Chair of Dept. of Mathematics, KU Leuven, Belgique
Jean-Michel Pouvesle, Groupe de Recherche sur l’Energétique des Milieux Ionisés (GREMI), Université d'Orléans
Chantal Stehlé, Director PLAS@PAR, LERMA, Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, France
Massimiliano Marangolo, Directeur INSP, SU, Paris, France
Alain Dubois, Associate Director PLAS@PAR, LCPMR, SU, Paris, France
Charlotte Mansour, Project Manager PLAS@PAR, LERMA, SU, Meudon, France
Stephane Zurbach, Chef de l'Unité de Conception an propulsion plasmique, SNECMA, France