OECD Science and Technology Policy Ministerial


Sylvie Retailleau


Minister of Higher Education and Research


Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay, University Professor and Professor of Physics, was appointed Minister of Higher Education and Research on 20 May 2022. A former student of ENS Cachan, Sylvie Retailleau passed the agrégation in applied physics in 1988 and received a PhD in sciences from Université Paris-Sud in 1992. Her research themes at the Fundamental Electronics Institute (IEF, Université Paris-Sud/CNRS) focused on the theoretical study of the physics of semiconductor components for advanced electronics. Since 2001, she has held a professorship at Université Paris-Sud, now Université Paris-Saclay. She was in charge of the IST Master's (Information, Systems, Technology) until 2008, as well as head of the "Integrated Quantum Components for Nanoelectronics" research operation at the Fundamental Electronics Institute (now C2N) from its inception in January 2002 until 2011. Vice-president of the physics department at the Faculty of Sciences in Orsay from 2007 to 2008, and then Vice-Dean in charge of courses from 2008 to 2011, she was Dean of the Faculty from September 2011 to May 2016. Sylvie Retailleau was president of Université Paris-Sud from May 2016 to December 2018. Deeply involved in the development of the Idex Paris Saclay project since 2008, in terms of education and the structuring of education-research, she also contributed to the preparatory work for the research programming law. She was elected President of Université Paris-Saclay on 2 March 2020.