Scientific High Council

The Scientific High Council serves as guarantor of the scientific excellence of ONERA. Think-tank, assessment and orientation body under the ONERA Chair of the Board, it assesses the scientific and technical level of ONERA, contributes to its national and international exposure, and supports its mission of preparing for the future.

Catherine Cesarsky

Scientific High Counselor for the General Administrator of the CEA and member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2007

Nominated members

Tony Arts

Professor, Head of the Turbomachinery and Propulsion Department Von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, Belgium

Hélène Bouchiat

Research Director at CNRS, Member of the French Academy of Sciences since 2010

Francisco Chinesta

Lecturer in computational mechanics for materials and processes at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Chair of the ESI-ECN (in partnership with the ESI Group) and member of the University Institute of France (IUF))

Michel Deville

Honorary professor at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Gérald Pignié

Executive expert Flight control, Analysis of Launch Vehicle and Space Vehicle Missions and Systems Engineering, General Inspectorate, Ariane Group

Bruno Sportisse


Laurent Vigroux

Representative of the French ministry of High Education, Research and Innovation

Laurent Bergeot

Representative of the French ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and Transport


Legal member(s)

Hisham Abou-Kandil

Scientific Counselor, DGA
Director of research and innovation at the general commissariat for sustainable development of the Ministry for Ecological and Solidarity Transition
Representative of the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Francis Dupoirieux

Vice-General Scientific Director