French Embassy, Washington, DC
Candidate for International Councillor
Annick Suzor-Weiner (graduate of Ecole Normale Superieure, PhD in Physics, Paris, 1979), is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles or review papers in the field of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Since September 2009 she is the Counselor for Science and Technology at the French Embassy, and was previously the Vice-President for International Affairs of the University Paris-Sud (Paris 11), in Orsay, France. She became Professor in 1987, was promoted to highest rank in 2005, and had responsibilities in numerous international organizations such as the European Physical Society (EPS), the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP, of which she was Vice-President in 2005-2008), the French Commission for UNESCO, and the International Basic Science Program of UNESCO. She is a member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD, France), and President of the Science Diplomats Club in Washington DC.
As a member and friend of APS for 20 years, and member-at-large of the Executive Committee of FIP for 2 years (2002 & 2003), I have followed with much interest the increasing international opening of APS, and the very effective work of the Office of International Affairs. Global challenges of science are more and more both interdisciplinary, and international. In my former responsibilities, I was mainly engaged in Physics for Development (Chair of committees at EPS and IUPAP), working at bridging the gap between physicists in more and less industrialized countries. As Science Counselor at the French Embassy, I am mostly involved in supporting bilateral collaborations but also multilateral actions, with EU and with developing countries (Haiti, Africa, Vietnam). With these regions as well as with the emerging world in Asia or South America, APS needs to interact more closely, in particular with their national Physical Societies.