(French Ministry for Higher Education and Research) Claire GIRY is a former student of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, and holds a PhD in molecular and cellular biology from Lyon I Claude-Bernard University. She held various positions in the CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission), a technological research body, Life Sciences Division and Evaluation and Strategy Division : communication, scientific information and European cooperation. She has also been advisor of the CEO for communication and scientific and international partnerships. She has taught molecular and cellular biology in the Lyon I University and in the Evry-Val-d’Essonne University, and has been involved in assessment of research projects for the European Commission and other institutions. She acted during the past two years as a technical advisor of the French Prime Minister, for higher education and research, and heads the Service coordination stratégique et territoires of the French Ministry for Higher education and research from april 2009. Its major role is to coordinate the activities between higher education and research in various fields, including in scientific resources.