Olivier Las Vergnas, PhD, HDR, M.Sc
Born in 1954 in Paris - France

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Recent Professional activities:

  • 2014 - ... : Full Professor @ Lille Sciences & Tech. University, CUEEP-Trigone Team, (EA 4354)
    & Invited PhD Director in Education and Training Research Center (Ph. Carré Team, EA 1589) in Paris Ouest University
  • 1998 - 2014 : General Delegate for Inclusion, Training and Professional Activities @ Universcience
    (Cité des Sciences et de l’industrie and Palais de la Découverte)


  • President of the French astronomical association (AFA), publisher of "Ciel et espace" monthly public understanding journal (since 1993)
  • General secretary of the "Cités des métiers" International Network (since 2004)
  • President of the French Exposciences Movement (from 2004 to 2009)
  • Creator of “the nights of the stars” international yearly event since 1991
  • Creator (1993) and Director (1993-2014) of the Paris-La Villette “Cité des métiers
    (mulipartner employment and guidance centre),

Studies and former research activities:

  • PhD in Astronomy, post graduate in Data Analysis, M.Sc in Physics (Paris Pierre and Marie Curie University and Paris-Meudon Observatory)
  • "Habilitation à diriger des recherches" (Educational sciences – Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense University, Ph. Carré, promoter)
  • Associated researcher in the Multidimensional Analysis Lab (J.-P. Benzecri Team, Paris UPMC University, till 1990)

Cultural and Artistic Works:

  • Several TV Broadcast productions such as “le temps des souris”, Bonne Pioche Co,  France 5 and FSE (1999-2001),
  • Several public understanding exhibitions (AFA publisher),
  • Two novels (Pocket and Le passager clandestin publishers).

Last scientific publication in English:

  • Las Vergnas, Olivier, (2013). "Self-Directed Science Learning for all: Beyond the Scientist/Non scientist Social Divide" in A feast of Learning, International Perspectives on Adult Learning and change. Hiemstra Rog. & Carré Philippe [editors] Information Age Publishing, Charlotte, USA. ISBN 978-1-62396-373-6
    Have a free on line pdf access to an author private full text copy of this chapter -> [here]

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CV updated on 2014/09