Pascale BeymaCNRS Ombudswoman

Pascale Beyma was an in-house legal advisor for major companies linked to the research sector for around twenty years and began her career with the CNRS subsidiary FIST. She rejoined the CNRS as the organisation's Ombudswoman after a year's training in mediation at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) which enabled her to acquire qualities such as listening, impartiality and confidentiality which are inherent to her role.


The CNRS Ombudswoman is appointed by the Chairman and CEO and intervenes to prevent and manage relational difficulties and interpersonal conflicts in the workplace which can lead to individual suffering or loss of motivation and collective dysfunction.

  • Any employee who is directly or indirectly concerned by relational issues can contact the Ombudswoman.
  • She sets up confidential interviews to help establish or re-establish communication between those involved. This is an essential step towards creating the right conditions to foster mutual trust and thus help solutions and an eventual agreement to emerge.
  • In compliance with the French National Code of Ethics for Ombudswoman, she implements the founding principles of mediation namely independence, the confidentiality of exchanges, listening, impartiality, neutrality and the voluntary nature of the mediation process.
  • She does not intervene in situations involving scientific integrity which are dealt with by the CNRS Scientific Integrity Officer, Rémi Mosseri or ethics which are dealt with by the CNRS Ethics Officer, Joël Moret-Bailly.

As part of her role, the Ombudswoman may be required to make observations or proposals regarding organisational or operational improvements but has no decision-making power.

  • She provides the Chairman and CEO with an anonymised activity report each year and also reports to the CNRS Health, Safety and Working Conditions Committee (CHSCT).