Serge Plattard is Senior Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), Vienna, Austria. His current topics of interest are space governance, dynamics of exploration of the solar system, and space security. He is Honorary Professor of University College London (UCL) since 2013 where he lectures in two Master’s courses. Dr Plattard chairs the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Committee on space security since 2015
After earning a doctorate in nuclear physics from Université d’Orsay (France), he worked as a scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and in two American national laboratories. He then moved to S&T policy matters at the policy planning staff of the French Ministry of External Relations (1981-83), back to CEA involved in planning and strategy (1983-86). Starting a career in science diplomacy, as deputy counsellor/counsellor science & technology in several French Embassies (1987-98) in India, Japan, and the USA, and in the UK (2008-2012). He was Director for international relations of CNES (1998-2003), CNES Deputy Director for Planning, Strategy, Programmes and International Relations (2003-2004), and became the founding Director / Secretary General of ESPI (2004-07).
He was a French delegate to ESO (European Southern Observatory) Council (1990-1991), Vice-Chair of the Committee for International Relations of the European Space Agency (2003-04).
Dr Plattard is life member of the American Physical Society, founding member of Euroscience, member of the International Academy of Astronautics, alumnus of the French Institute for Higher Defence Studies (IHEDN). He authored/co-authored 60 publications/communications and a book “Nucléaire, merveille ou menace?” (1984).
He lectured at post-grad level at Université d’Orsay (1976-1986), Université Paris-Dauphine (1984-85), the French business school ESSEC (1999-2002), and at NATO Defense College in the mid-2000s.
Plattard holds the Golden Rays in the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Japanese distinction) and is Knight in the Order of the Légion d’Honneur (1998).