After graduating in economics (from HEC School of Management, later from the University of Paris in economics), he joined CNRS to modernise its management processes during the 70s, due to a big growth in the 60s. He then became General Secretary of the interdisciplinary Program in Ocean Science for CNRS and Universities in the 80s, and was involved in international affairs for natural sciences during the period when oceanography was developed at a global scale.
During the 90s, he joined CNER, a national committee for the evaluation of science institutions. He then was a member of the team at the Ministry of Education and Research in 1995, and participated in the latter Innovation Law, and in University transformations.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of Science and the Future of Human kind, a French review of the Non-Governmental Organisation M.U.R.S. («Mouvement universel de la responsabilité scientifique »).
Director of "Fondation Nanosciences". Formerly employed at ESFR and laboratoire Louis Néel of which he was director from 2007 to 2010. He also was Vice Scientific Director of CNRS between 1996 and 2006. He also directed the C'Nano program for 4 years.
Coordinator of "Café Sciences et Citoyens" in the Grenoble urban area in which scientific matters are discussed with the public after a brief presentation. It allows the common citizen to better understand the debates and help ask the right questions about them.
Café Sciences et Citoyens
Claus Habfast joined ESRF in October 2007. He is the Head of the communication department. He manages all aspects of the communication of a world-leading research infrastructure: the ESRF hosts 6000 scientists per year for experiments with X-rays, resulting in 1800 peer-reviewed publications annually. The institute is funded by 19 countries.
mise à jour le 17 janvier 2013