Michel Spiro, president of IUPAP (Photo: CERN)

Chair of the Steering Committee

Michel Spiro is a French physicist. He has been President of IUPAP since September 2019. It was on his initiative that the International Year of Basic Sciences for Development was launched.

He was an engineer at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), where he carried out work in particle physics.

In particular, he participated in the discovery of the intermediate W and Z bosons at CERN. He also participated in the GALLEX experiment for the detection of solar neutrinos and the EROS experiment for the search for dark objects.

He has also held managerial responsibilities, as Director of Matter Sciences at the CEA, and Director of the National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) of the CNRS.

He was also Chairman of the CERN Council from 2010 to January 2013.

His biography is available on Wikipedia.

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