Professor at the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN)AgroParisTech and ENS. Team "Genetic systems, adaptation & domestication "Laboratory: " Institute of Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity MNHN-CNRS, UMR 7205, Department of "The Environment". Systematics & Evolution "

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Pierre-Henri Gouyon is a geneticist and evolution specialist, born on 25 December 1953. He was admitted to Agro (Institut National Agronomique Paris-Grignon, now AgroParisTech) in 1972, became an agricultural engineer in 1975, obtained a post-graduate doctorate in ecology at the University of Montpellier in 1976, then obtained a doctorate in genetics from Agro in 1978, a doctorate in science from the University of Montpellier in 1982 and a DEA in Philosophy at the University of Letters of Montpellier in 1984.

Recruited as a teacher at Agro in 1976, he was a professor at the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay) from 1988 to 2005 and theÉcole Polytechnique from 1994 to 2008 (vice-chair of the Biology Department 2001-2006).

He has held various responsibilities on the Life Sciences Departmental Council of the CNRS (Deputy Scientific Director in 2000-2001). He has been a member of the CNRS operational committee for ethics in the life sciences, the National Council of Universities, the National Committee for Scientific Research, the ANR "Ecosystems and Sustainable Development" committee, the Scientific Council of the CNRS Jacques Monod Lectures and the INSERM ethics committee.

He was managing editor of the Journal of Evolutionary Biology "(1992-1996), journal of the European Society of Evolutionary Biology, co-director of the Master's degree course " Sustainable Agricultural Development"Director of the UPS-CNRS-ENGREF laboratory of "Ecology, Systematics and Evolution "(1997-2005) and head of the botany team within the CNRS-MNHN OSEB UMR (2006-2011).

He is currently a professor at National Museum of Natural History (since 2005), theAgroParisTech (since 1988), in Sciences Po (since 2009) and ENS (since 2012) and carries out his research in the the botany team in the UMR MNHN-CNRS OSEB (7205). He was elected in 2008 to the Academia Europaea (London).

He lectures extensively on issues related to evolution, genetics, ecology, biodiversity and bioethics. He is widely involved in debates concerning science-society relations in general. More particularly, he is concerned on the one hand with the social consequences of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution on our perception of living beings and on the other hand with the cultivation of transgenic plants (Grenelle in 2007, Citizens' Conference in 1998, Economic and Social Council in 2002, debates with members of parliament -French and European- and experts, the General Planning Commission, the Economic Analysis Council, conferences in various places in France and elsewhere -Italy, Ukraine, Romania, Tunisia, Denmark, Canada, USA, Japan, Ecuador, Bolivia...-interviews...). He belongs or has belonged to various national committees related to Science in Society issues (CNL, Biovigilance, Biomolecular Engineering Commission, Sustainable Development, Grenelle de l'EnvironnementHigh Authority on GMOsScientific Council of CRIIGENVice President of Vivagora...) and was the rapporteur for Group 1 (Research & Society) to national research conferences from 2004. He chairs the Scientific Council of the Think-Tank of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation

He is a Knight of the Legion of Honour and of the Palmes Académiques.
He was awarded the American Society of Ecology's 2013 " William Skinner Cooper Award"He was awarded the "Grand Prix" by the French Society of Ecology in 2016 for the whole of his research work and for his involvement in questions of the relationship between science and society. He received the Radio France "Lire dans le noir" prize for his CD on evolution.



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