Our team

The North America office of CNRS is made of a 4 individuals dispatched between Washington D.C. and the joint local branch CNRS – Université de Lyon, in Ottawa, Canada.

In the american capital

Since October, 2019, the office is directed, by Sylvette Tourmente.

Between 1997 and 2013, Sylvette Tourmente, CNRS Research Director in Life Sciences, was the PI of a team composed of 15 people, entitled: Establishment, maintenance and epigenetic regulation of Heterochromatin, in the GReD (Genetics, reproduction and Development) laboratory in Clermont-Ferrand (France). Meanwhile, she was the communication- correspondent for the GReD, in charge of the international affairs for the doctoral school in Life Sciences, Health, Agriculture and Environment and scientific delegate for the Hceres (Research and Higher Education Evaluation Committee). In 2013, she joined the French Embassy in Budapest (Hungary) as attaché for science and higher education cooperation, and was assigned in Germany as scientific attaché at the French Embassy in Berlin in 2017. Since October 1st, 2019 she is Director of the CNRS Office for the USA, Canada and Mexico, in Washington D.C.

She is assisted in her missions by two policy officers.

Jeanne Révil is project manager at the CNRS Office for North America in Washington D.C. since October, 2017. Before that, she was private secretary to Ms. Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, as well as to her predecessors Mr. Thierry Mandon and Ms. Geneviève Fioraso. She also worked as an assitant to diplomatic advisers at the ministry’s cabinet. She received the Classe exceptionelle distinction in the Administration Secretary unit of the National Education Ministry in 2016. She was also an assistant at the CNRS accounting and finance division. She obtained a degree of Associate in Arts at the Florida Southwestern State College Fort Myers of Florida in 2001, and a Capacité en Droit at the Université de Toulon (France) in 1997. She was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques de la République française in 2016.

Audrey Duc is a program manager and deputy director at the CNRS Office for North America in Washington D.C. since April, 2021. Under the status of International Volunteer in Administration, she assists the director to monitor the partnerships and activities of the CNRS in the region, as well as their communication. Trained in International Relations and Political science, Audrey Duc obtained a Master’s degree at Sciences Po Grenoble , France (Latin and north America studies and Communication course). She also gained experience abroad in several governmental institutions.

In the Canadian capital

On January 29, 2019, the CNRS partnered for the first time with a higher education institution for a joint representation abroad: the CNRS – Université de Lyon branch was opening in Ottawa, Canada. For the CNRS, it reports to the European Research and International Cooperation Department (DERCI), via its office in Washington D.C. It benefits from excellent relationships of both institutions with the Canadian higher education, research and innovation ecosystem, to which also contributes the University of Ottawa.

It’s precisely UoOttawa that is hosting the satellite office, under the responsability of Jan Matas, researcher at CNRS and former Director of International Relations of Université de Lyon. Between 2013 and 2017, he was Director for Attractiveness and International Promotion of Université de Lyon (COMUE). He was also in charge of the international development of the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS de Lyon) from 2007 to 2012.

Jan Matas was trained as a scientist in geophysics. He obtained is Master’s Degree (MSc.) at the Chalres University of Prague (Czech Republic) and a PhD. at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (France) in 1999. His work was focused on geophysical application of the thermochemical modelisation solids’ properties at high pressures and temperatures. He got his “Ability to lead research” (« Habilitation à diriger des recherches », HDR) in 2012. Researcher at the CNRS since 2000, he held researches at the geology laboratory of Lyon (UMR CNRS – ENS de Lyon – Université  Claude Bernard Lyon 1). He also gave classes at graduate and postgraduate levels at the Earth Science Department of the ENS de Lyon betweem 2000 and 2010. He was promoted Research Director at CNRS in 2015. He was visiting professor in 1999-2000 and 2005-2006 at the Earth and Planetary Science (EPS) department of UC Berkeley.

Office Contact

CNRS in Washington D.C.
French Embassy in the US
4101 Reservoir Road N.W.
Washington D.C. 20007-2176

Contact the Office

Sylvette Tourmente
Office Director
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 944-6240
E-mail : sylvette.tourmente@cnrs.fr

Audrey Duc
Deputy Director – Program Manager
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 944-6243
E-mail : audrey.duc@cnrs.fr

Jeanne Révil
Program Officer
Washington, D.C.
Tel : +1 (202) 956-8120
E-mail : jeanne.revil@cnrs.fr

Satellite office CNRS – Université de Lyon in Canada

Jan Matas
Representative Satellite office CNRS – Université de Lyon in Canada
Tel : +1 (613) 562 5800 (poste 2876)
E-mail : jan.matas@cnrs.fr