Zenon Research is a non-profit think tank aiming to conduct studies on the long term future of humanity. Please meet our team:
JB Rudelle, President
JB has an engineering degree from Supelec and is an entrepreneur in the technology sector who has founded and led several start-up companies. He has been the founding CEO of Nasdaq-listed Criteo. JB is the President and co-founder of the Galion Project, a think tank on technology entrepreneurship and has initiated a non-profit in education with Programme Alpha.
Claude Catala, Scientific Advisor
Doctor in astrophysics, astronomer, polytechnicien (class of 1977), Claude was President of the Paris Observatory from 2011 to 2020. Previously, from 2005 to 2011, he was scientific advisor on astronomy issues at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research. Claude has been working since 1993 on major international projects in astronomy in space and on the ground. In particular, he took part in the CoRoT mission on the search for exoplanets and the study of the internal structure of stars, and was scientific leader of ESA's PLATO space mission from 2007 to 2012.
Deputy Director of the Toulouse Astrophysics Laboratory at the Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées (OMP) from 1999 to 2001, he also chaired the national stellar physics programme at INSU between 1999 and 2003.
Claude has contributed to 179 articles published in international journals. He was awarded the Deslandres Prize in 2008 and the SF2A Prize in 1990 for his research.
Nikos Prantzos, Scientific Advisor
Director of Research at CNRS
Nikos has a PhD in Nuclear Astrophysics from Paris 7 University and works in the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. His main research interests include stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis, gamma-ray astronomy, physics of globular clusters, origin of galactic cosmic rays and galactic chemical evolution, but he has also done original work on topics related to astrobiology, like the Galactic habitable zone and the Fermi paradox. Annual prize of the French astronomical society for a young researcher in 1994. Lecturer in Ecole Doctorale d’Astrophysique of Ile de de France from 1989 to 2008. Former representative of Greece in the Board of Directors of the European journal Astronomy and Astrophysics and chair of the Time Allocation Committee for Nucleosynthesis in the INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory of the European Space Agency (ESA) in the early 2000s. Currently President of the Scientific Council of the National Observatory of Athens. Four popularization books on astronomy, the search for extraterrestrial life and the future of human species in space were translated in several languages and awarded several prizes, including one from the International Academy of Astronautics.
Jamal Atif, Scientific Advisor
Professor at Dauphine-PSL & Artificial intelligence scientific advisor at CNRS
Jamal Atif has been a professor at the University of Paris-Dauphine since 2014 and is a member of the Laboratory of Analysis and Modelling of Systems for Decision Aiding (LAMSADE). He is also the Artificial intelligence scientific advisor at the National Scientific Research Center (CNRS).
After defending his thesis on the analysis of medical images in 2004 at the Université Paris-Sud, he joined Télécom ParisTech for a post-doctoral fellowship. In 2006, he left for French Guiana where he worked for the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development and held a delegated post from 2008 to 2010. In September 2010, he joined the Learning and Optimization team at the Laboratory for Computer Science (LRI) where he was deputy director from 2013 to 2014.
His current research focuses on different aspects of artificial intelligence and data science: automatic learning, algorithms for data flows, knowledge representation and reasoning.
Cédric Denis-Rémis, Program Director
Vice-President for Development, Innovation and Corporate relationship, Université Paris Sciences & Lettres
Graduate of MINES ParisTech-PSL, holder of a PhD in Management Science, 41-year-old Cédric Denis-Rémis was the European Executive Director of the China-EU Institute for Clean and Renewable Energy (ICARE) from 2010-2012. The Institute promotes higher education and research based on political agreements between the European Union and China. In 2012, he was appointed Dean of ParisTech Shanghai JiaoTong, an international engineering school founded in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, before assuming in 2015 the position of Deputy Director for MINES ParisTech-PSL. He is a member of “40 under 40 - European Young Leaders” and vice president of the Think Tank EuropaNova.
Greg De Temmerman, Managing Director
Greg holds a MsC in chemistry/materials science from ENSCL and a PhD in experimental physics from the University of Basel (CH). He has worked in several laboratories including UC San Diego (USA), CCFE (UK) and has lead the plasma-surface interactions group at the Dutch Institute For Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER, NL) from 2009 to 2014, before joining the ITER project as a coordinating scientist until December 2020. His research has focused on the interactions between intense plasmas and materials and the physics of low temperature plasmas, with a focus on the extreme conditions in fusion reactors, but also for other applications like surface nano-structuring. He has contributed to over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous presentations in international conferences.
During his spare time he is a passionate ultra-trail runner and a science communicator on topics related to energy.
Dimitri Chuard, Head of research
Dimitri holds a magistère degree in physics and a MSc in astronomy from Paris-Saclay University. He earned a PhD in high-energy astrophysics from Paris University. Prior to joining Zenon Research, he worked at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), where his research mainly focused on the past activity of the Galactic central black hole. Dimitri is also involved in science outreach activities in his native Jura mountains.
Andreas Hein, Senior Researcher
Andreas is an assistant professor at the Industrial Engineering Lab at CentraleSupélec – Université Paris-Saclay in the area of systems engineering and the Executive Director of the UK-based not-for-profit company Initiative for Interstellar Studies (i4is). He conducted his Ph.D. research on space systems engineering from the Technical University of Munich and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a fellow of the Stanford Ignite – Polytechnique program. Andreas has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences on space systems, systems engineering, and sustainable development. He is the recipient of the Exemplary Systems Engineering Doctoral Dissertation Award and the Willy Messerschmitt Aware.
Lucie Jandet, area of focus: celestial mechanics, terraforming.
Luis Barreda, areas of focus: pricing, mining, energy.
Thibault Goessel, areas of focus: artificial intelligence, data science.
Pierre Tiengou, areas of focus: robotics, automation, spatial exploration.
Yinhao Zeng, areas of focus: solar, wind and hydro energy.