Senior Policy Officer, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation (RTD), Unit Science with and for Society, Gender Sector
Anne Pépin holds a B.Sc. in physics from the Université de Montréal (Québec, Canada), an Engineering Degree from the École supérieure d’électricité (France) and a Ph.D in physics-electronics from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France). She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) before being recruited by the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 1996. She was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal for junior researchers in 2003 for her contribution to nanotechnology. In 2006, Anne Pépin became a Scientific Advisor for the Mission for the Place of Women at CNRS (Mission pour la place des femmes au CNRS) – a strategic unit directly attached to the CNRS President and in charge of designing, coordinating and assessing all actions aimed at fostering gender equality within the organisation – where she initiated key partnerships within Europe, as well as with Canada and the USA. Anne Pépin was appointed Director of the Mission for the Place of Women at CNRS in 2012. Among other activities, she has coordinated EU-funded project INTEGER (FP7, 2011-2015) which aimed at promoting institutional change for better gender equality in STEM research, and led to the adoption of a gender equality plan by CNRS in 2014, as well as the GENDER-NET project (FP7, 2013-2016), the first ERA-NET to be dedicated to gender equality and the integration of the gender dimension in research. She also co-organised the 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education held in Paris in 2016. Anne Pépin was made Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’Honneur in 2016. She is a former auditor of French IHEST (Institute for Advanced Studies in Science and Technology), class Irène Joliot-Curie of 2016-2017. Since June 2017, Anne Pépin has been on leave from her permanent position as senior researcher at CNRS to join the Gender Sector of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Research and Innovation as a Senior Policy Officer. She was Acting Head of the Gender Sector from February to June 2018.