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The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board plays a key role in the definition of the scientific orientations of the Institute. At least once year, the members of Scientific Advisory Board meet with the Director to hand over recommendations about the applications, about the potential exchanges and about the scientific policy to implement. The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are also invited to promote the Institute for Advanced Study and to recommend scholars who are likely to be invited.


The Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute, currently chaired by Ota de Leonardis, gathers 9 to12 members designated by the Board of Trustees, under recommendation of the Director, to serve on a three years basis.

Composition of the Scientific Advisory Board

  • Lyne Bansat-Boudon, Director of Studies at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) (France)
  • Joseph Bergin, Emeritus Professor modern history at the University of Manchester ( United Kingdom)
  • Samantha Besson, Professor at Collège de France, International laws and institutions, Professor of Law at Fribourg University (Switzerland)
  • Deborah Dorotinsky, Professor of Art History at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico)
  • Rachid Filali-Meknassi, Professor of Law at the Mohammed V-Agdal University (Morocco)
  • Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi, Associate Professor in socio-cultural anthropology at Rutgers University (USA)
  • Doulaye Konaté, Professor of History at the University of Bamako (Mali), President of the Association of African Historians
  • Ota de Leonardis, Professor of Sociology at the University of Milan Bicocca (Italy)
  • Pierre Musso, Emeritus Professor of Information Science and Communication at the University of Rennes 2 and Telecom ParisTech School
  • Osamu Nishitani, Emeritus Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign languages (Japan);
  • Yehouda Shenhav, Professor of Sociology at Tel-Aviv University (Israel)
  • Franciscus Verellen, Director 2004-2014 of the French School of Asian Studies (EFEO), head of the EFEO center in Hong Kong (China)