Prof. Claudine Hermann

President of EPWS, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris (France)

Photo bis C Hermann sept 2014


Claudine Hermann was Professor of Physics at the Ecole Polytechnique, the most renowned French engineering school. Her research domain is optics of solids. She is alumna of Ecole Normale Supérieure de Jeunes Filles and her PhD (1976) is in solid state physics. She was the first woman ever appointed Professor at Ecole Polytechnique in 1992.

Since then, in addition to her activities in physics, she has been studying the situation of women scientists in Western Europe and promoting science for girls, by papers and conferences, in France and abroad. She has worked in team for many years with the late Huguette Delavault, a retired Mathematics Professor at Paris University.

Claudine Hermann was a member of the expert group that produced the so called ‘ETAN report’ (‘Science policies in the European Union: Promoting excellence through mainstreaming gender equality’) of the Directorate General Research of the European Commission on women in research in academia in Western Europe (2000). She has been one of the two French members of the group of civil servants on Women and Science at DG Research (Helsinki group) from 1999 until 2006.

She is a co-founder and the first president of the association Femmes et Sciences (French Women and Science association). She is now the vice-president of this association.

She is the author of 80 referred papers in Physics and 40 in the field of Women and Science.