The Scientific Council


  • As a forum for exchanges, the Scientific Council participates AFNIC’s strategy development AFNIC and anticipates technical issues and socio-economic evolution of the Internet;

  • The council consists of well-known scientists from academia and industry. It meets four times a year.


The AFNIC Scientific Council is an advisory body advising AFNIC’s Board of Directors and its management. It gives its views on strategic directions for R & D, technology watch and Internet governance. It also contributes to the reflection of AFNIC on ways to serve its intended objectives. It provides advice and recommendations to strengthen the presence of AFNIC in its ecosystem, inform choices regarding technology trends or encourage the development of innovative products & services.


Scientists from academia and industry


The AFNIC’s Scientific Council inherits an original model which is reflected in its composition. Besides the President of AFNIC, its CEO, CTO and Head of Labs, the Scientific Council brings together scientists from both academia and industry. Selected on an intuitu personae basis, in France or abroad, for their recognized expertise in their field, these personalities are appointed for three years by the Board of Directors.


The composition of the Scientific Council (external members) for the term 2014-2017 is as follows:


  • Pierre Beyssac, Eriomem, France
  • Isabelle Chrisment, INRIA - Telecom Nancy, France
  • José Araujo, French Network and Information Security Agency (ANSSI), France
  • Niall O'Reilly, Tolerant Networks Ltd, Ireland
  • Paul Mockapetris, UPMC / LIP6, France
  • Franck Simon, France IX, France
  • Laurent Toutain, Télécom Bretagne, France (Chairman)
  • Bernard Tuy, BT_AE, France


Open to the Internet community


Chaired by a leading figure, the Scientific Council also aims to contribute to creating synergies between AFNIC and national and international scientific community. The Scientific Council interacts with the management and the Board of AFNIC on scientific and technical topics of common interest.


To learn more about its work, visit the Afnic’s Scientific Council Work page.


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