An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure of Saint Cloud (Paris), Gabriel Chardin holds an advanced teaching diploma and a PhD in the physical sciences. Recruited by the CEA after completing his dissertation, he directed the EDELWEISS experiment on dark matter. He has also been involved in EU projects like ERANET ASPERA and the ILIAS Dark Matter Network. Between 2007 and 2012, he headed the Centre des Sciences Nucléaires et des Sciences de la Matière (CSNSM - Université Paris-Sud/CNRS). In 2012, he joined the IN2P3 as deputy scientific director in the field of astroparticles, cosmology and neutrinos. He was awarded the 2007 CNRS Silver Medal for his research on dark matter. He has been chairman of the Very Large-Scale Research Facilities Committee since 2014. In October 2015, he took on a new mission, liaising with the French space agency (CNES), on behalf of the CNRS.
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