Our Team [fr]
6 Cromwell Place, London SW7 2JN
- Science and Technology Consellor
- Deputy Head - Higher Education, Research and Innovation
- Science Team
- Dr. Rachel Millet, Science Attaché (Life Sciences, Biology, Medicine)
- Dr. Ludovic Drouin, Science Attaché (Physical Sciences, Energy and Environment)
- Mrs. Mathilde Lerebours, Head of Campus France UK and Science Deputy Attaché (Digital Sciences and Artificial Intelligence)
- Mrs. Maryvonne Delorme, PA to the Counsellor and Department Administrator
Jean Arlat has been appointed as Science and Technology Counsellor at the French Embassy in London in September 2016. He currently holds a position of Directeur de Recherche de Classe Exceptionnelle at CNRS. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Toulouse (1976); he received his PhD (1979) and his Docteur ès Sciences diploma (1990), both in Computer Science from the Institut National Polytechnique in Toulouse. In 1980, he joined the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) to work with the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS) in Toulouse, that he has directed from 2011 to 2015.
His research area concerns the dependability, resilience and security of computer systems embedded into critical applications. Author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, he has also contributed to foster partnership with industry: in particular, from 1997 to 2000, he led the Laboratory for Dependability Engineering that gathered, on LAAS premises, researchers, and engineers from five leading French companies: Airbus, Airbus Defence & Space, Electricité de France, TechnicAtome and Thales.
He held responsibilities with international learned societies; in particular, he chaired the IFIP Working Group 10.4 (1999-2005) and the IEEE Technical Committee (1994-1995), both on Dependable Computing and Fault Tolerance. He has contributed to several international collaborations (BR, TW, ZA) and made long-term sojourns abroad, including six months in Japan (TIT - 1992) and one year in the US (UCLA - 1979-80). He has also contributed to several EU-funded projects, most of them involving partners in the United Kingdom.
Alice Béja was appointed as Science, Innovation and Higher Education Attachée for the French Embassy in London at the beginning of October, 2018. She is a former student of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and holds a PhD in American Studies from the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. She joined the Lille Institute of political Studies in 2015, and is a researcher in the social sciences research center CERAPS (UMR 8026). Her research focuses on anarchism in the United States, the cultural history of the US-American left and the relationship between politics and literature. She has published John Dos Passos, la littérature et la politique (Honoré Champion, 2015). An editor at French social sciences journal Esprit between 2011 and 2015, she is today a member of the editorial board.
Rachel Millet started at the French Embassy in London in April 2020 as a Science Attaché. She covers life sciences, biology and medicine. After an MSc in genetics, she obtained her PhD in virology in 2014 from the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Lyon, France. She then entered the medical communication industry as a medical writer in London, where she produced educational content for healthcare professionals and patients across cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, rheumatology and infectious diseases.
Ludovic Drouin has obtained a D. Phil. In chemistry from the University of Oxford (2008), after which he undertook a post-doctorate training in Prof. Shibasaki’s laboratory (2008-2009) at the University of Tokyo. After having spent his 2 years of post-doc, he joined the University of Paris-Sud and took a lecturer position in Prof. Aitken’s laboratory (2009). He then joined the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) (2010-2015) where he worked in the Drug Discovery Unit in the group of Dr. Hoelder. Since 2016, Ludovic has worked at the French Embassy in London as scientific attaché in the area covering Physical Sciences, Innovation, Energy and Environment.
Mrs. Mathilde Lerebours, Head of Campus France UK and Science Deputy Attaché (Digital Sciences and Artificial Intelligence)
Mathilde Lerebours is responsible for launching and developing Campus France UK Office, which aims at promoting the mobility of British students to France. She is also responsible for facilitating international cooperation in research and innovation in the digital and artificial intelligence sectors. She conducts a regulatory watch on these topics, and is as well in charge of the communication of the Department. A graduate from the Master in European and International Studies of Sciences Po Strasbourg, she has had several experiences as an analyst and project manager (RPUE, European Commission, etc.). Mathilde joined the French Embassy in January 2019 as Science Deputy Attaché.
After having worked in the trade sector, Maryvonne Delorme joined the French Embassy in London in 1998 and then integrated the Scientific Department in 2000. She is currently the Assistant to the Counsellor and also provides the administrative management of the Department.
Contact : maryvonne.delorme[at]diplomatie.gouv.fr