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Biography of Patrick Landais

High Commissioner for atomic energy



Patrick Landais (64 y.o) is an engineer in geosciences and holds a doctorate in geochemistry (1981). After working for Elf and Cogema, he joined the CNRS in 1987 and became Research Director in 1991.

In 2001, he was appointed as scientific Director of ANDRA, the French national agency for radioactive waste management. In this role, he defined the scientific policy and strategy, set up partnerships and R & D programs and monitored the scientific production of national reports on waste management. For his studies on the feasibility of geological disposal, he received in 2013 the Grand Prix Dolomieu.

In 2005, he became a member of the CNRS executive committee. He returned to Andra in 2006 as director of R & D before becoming scientific director the French geological survey in 2013 where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the strategy as well as of the coordination of the scientific activities of the survey. In 2016, he joined Andra as Chief Technology Officer, where he took in charge the development, innovation, international relations and knowledge management. He was appointed High Commissioner for Atomic Energy on January 30, 2019.

Patrick Landais has published a hundred scientific papers, is a member of several scientific committees and Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur and in the National Order of Merit.