IRAP scientific team


Nicolas André

Scientific Director

Nicolas obtained his PhD in 2003 on the theoretical modeling of astrophysical instabilities in collisionless plasmas, with application to the magnetospheres of giant planets. During his postdoctoral studies at MSSL and ESTEC Nicolas contributed to the analysis of the first data obtained by the Cassini-Huygens mission at Saturn, with an emphasis on multi-instrument and pluri-disciplinary approaches. Since his recruitment at IRAP as a CNRS Research Staff, Nicolas is deeply involved in the preparation of future missions (JUICE, BepiColombo, Comet Interceptor) and space plasma instruments in order to explore planetary environments. Nicolas is also leading planetary space weather activities for the Europlanet Research Infrastructure. Nicolas was in charge of planetology aspects at CDPP since 2008 and was designated as the Project Scientist and Executive Director of CDPP on February, 26, 2020.

Vincent Génot


After the defence of his PhD thesis at the University of Versailles (1999), Vincent joined the "Space Plasma" team of Queen Mary, University of London. Along his activity in numerical simulation, he takes part in the data analysis of missions like AMPTE and CLUSTER. His research deals with particle acceleration in magnetosphere, transport processes in the magnetosheath, and the study of the electrostatic effects on the measurement of particle instruments. Assistant-Astronomer at IRAP since 2003, he is, within the CDPP, in charge of the Value Added Services. In particular he actively participated to the definition and integration of AMDA, the flagship tool of CDPP for multi-missions multi-databases data analysis. He was designated as the Project Scientist and Executive Director of CDPP on June, 14, 2012.

Christian Jacquey

He obtained his PhD at Paul Sabatier University in 1992, was post-doc (1993/1994) at Applied Physics Laboratory (John Hopkins University, Laurel, MD, USA) and got a position of assistant professor at Paul Sabatier University, IUT-A in 1994. Christian is a specialist of multi-point and multi-instrument studies (ISEE/IMP-8, ISTP, CLUSTER). He was the Project Scientist and Executive Director of CDPP from June, 2, 2005 to June 13, 2012. Christian is still active in the CDPP, participating to the tool design and testing and providing support to the astrophysics mission ATHENA.

Benoit Lavraud

CNRS Research scientist

He worked at the Centre d’Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (IRAP) in Toulouse, where he obtained his PhD from the University of Toulouse. He was then hired in February 2004 as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he became staff member in August 2006. Since January 2008, he holds a permanent CNRS research position at IRAP in Toulouse. His research interests are focussed on the study of the structure and dynamics of the Earth's magnetosphere, the Sun, solar wind and their interactions. He is or was involved in various space missions: Cluster, Double-Star, STEREO, geosynchronous spacecraft and Solar Orbiter. Benoit is in charge of heliosphysics and space weather aspects for CDPP.

Alexis Rouillard

CNRS Research scientist

He worked at the University of Southampton, where he obtained his PhD in 2006. He then worked as postdoc and research associate at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, University of Southampton and George Mason University/NRL (USA). He was hired at IRAP where he started as a permanent CNRS researcher in February 2012. His primary research area is solar and heliospheric physics: cosmic rays, long-term solar cycle variations, solar imaging and in situ observations of solar wind transients (CMEs, CIRs). He is involved on the STEREO, Solar Orbiter and Solar Probe Plus space missions. Alexis is in charge of heliosphysics and space weather aspects for CDPP.

Frédéric Pitout

Assistant Astronomer

Frederic obtained a PhD in space physics at Uppsala University in 2002 after having studied the magnetospheric cusp and its ionospheric footprint. He then worked with the analysis of Cluster data as a postdoctoral research fellow successively at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, The Netherlands and at the Max Planck institute for extraterrestrial physics in Garching, Germany. He joined the Laboratory for Planetology in Grenoble, France in 2007, and eventually IRAP in 2010 where he has been working as an assistant astronomer. His research interests focus on solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling though the response of the polar ionosphere, which he studies by means of incoherent radar observations and numerical modelling.


LESIA scientific team

Baptiste Cecconi

Assistant Astronomer

He obtained his PhD at the Paris VII University in 2004. He developed calibration and goniopolarimetric tools to analyze the radio data acquired by the Cassini/RPWS/HFR experiment. He spent one year as a post-doc at the University of Iowa, PI laboratory for Cassini/RPWS. With CNES post-doc fellowship and then recruited as an Assistant-Astronomer (since september 2007) is working at LESIA (Observatoire de Paris) on Cassini/RPWS/HFR and STEREO/Waves data. He is also co-PI of the JUICE/RPWI experiment, with science responsibility for the radio instrument JENRAGE. He is in charged of the archiving of radio data sets at CDPP, and is the Waves and Radio expert within the CDPP team. He is also involved in development of the planetary science Virtual Observatory in various projects and consortia.


IRAP technical team

Myriam Bouchemit

As a qualified oceanographer, she obtained a D.E.S.S. (French post-graduate diploma) in Information Technology in 1986. After working in industry, she joined the CNRS in 1999 and was assigned to the CDPP project. She is responsible for the maintenance of the CDPP server hosted by the IRAP and is working on value added services ( webservices, graphic display of datas ). She is technical manager of the CDPP Scientific Activity Component.

Benjamin Renard

Engineer of AKKA Technologies since 2011. Obtained engineering degree of mathematical and mechanical modeling at MATMECA in 2005. Until 2011 was working at Softek at Soultz-Haut-Rhin as software engineer for a CAD/CAM project. At 2011 joined CDPP for 2.5 years and participated in EU-FP7 project Europlanet-RI. Since 2013 has been working at AKKA related to different CNES projects, including CDPP tools like AMDA and TREPS. Since 2020 rejoined CDPP, and main responsibility is now "Added Value Services" and in particular AMDA.


CNES technical team

Nicolas Dufourg

Project Manager

As an engineer in CNES since 1990, he worked as a data processing architect on different projects including control centers (ATV), data treatment centers (Interball, Champ, Cassini, GAIA,...) and mission centers (Chemcam). He joined the CNES CDPP team in 2010.

Dominique Heulet

As an engineer in Computer Science since 1986, he joined CNES in 1991 as "architectural design" engineer at the CNES Computer Centre. Since 2003, he joined the "Data Valorization and Data Engineering Tools" department to take charge of the development of the generic data access system SIPAD-NG, used by CDPP (access to the long-term archive) and by other CNES projects. 

Dominica Leung

Native from Madagascar, Dominica obtained her IT engineer M.I.A.G.E diploma (computer science methods applied to business management). Then, she specialized with a D.E.S.S (French post-graduate diploma) in architecture of information and communication systems (Toulouse). As integration engineer, her first experience was in the R&D team then in the professional services team of a data storage American company. Later, she joined a service company where she evolved from a technical support position in storage and backup administration level 2/3 to a level 3 team cockpit. Afterwards, she joined CNES in 2015 in the IT teams to be in charge of the creation and the operational implementation of the Information System capacity and performance management process. After having managed several projects in the implementation of IT solutions, she created, developed and communicated a range of services. She led an internal cross-functional team and managed an external support contract to meet user needs. Dominica (will join/joined) the CNES CDPP team in 2021 facing new challenges.

Danièle Boucon

Daniele is an expert in data preservation and adding value. She has been doing this for more than twenty years.
Daniele is an engineer (PhD) in the optimization of processes and data flow. She has worked on different space missions, from old to more recent ones (e.g. GEOS, VEX, MMS) and joined the CDPP team in 2017.


Former directors of CDPP


Christopher Harvey

After obtaining his PhD in 1968 from the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (UK), he joined the Paris-Meudon Observatory. His experience as PI of wave experiments on the ISEE 1 & 2 satellites, and Co-I of experiments on the Voyager, Ulysses, TSS, Cluster and Cassini missions, convinced him of the need for better tools to preserve, access and exchange data and information.  From 1986 he presided the Steering Committee of European Space Physics Analysis Network.  He participated in the Phase A study of the ESA pilot project ESIS (European Space Information System), and from 1988 to 1991 he presided the ESIS Steering Committee.  From 1992 he led a French "Archiving and Processing" study, which recommended creation of the CDPP.  He subsequently presided the CDPP Phase A study team (1995), then the Project Development Group (1996).  In 1998 he moved to IRAP to become CDPP Project Scientist.  He is presently a Directeur de Recherche Emérite of CNRS.