Collège de France

Itinerant chair of Collège de France in India

The French Institute in India and Collège de France have created an Itinerant Chair in India. 

In the heart of Paris, Collège de France is a highly reputed French higher education and research establishment. Since the 16th century, it has been a forum for cutting-edge research and education in all fields of knowledge, from mathematical and natural sciences to social sciences and humanities.

Over a course of three years, the French Institute collaborates with the International Relations Department of Collège de France. We invite reputed French scholars from diverse fields (demography, philosophy, history, sociology, biology, physics, cybersecurity, etc) to conduct seminars in leading Indian institutions of superior learning. 

The programme encourages long term exchanges of knowledge between the two countries.

Upcoming programme:

November 2020: Professor Gérard Berry, computer scientist

Past programme:

October 2019 : Professor François Héran, demographer

Professor Gérard Berry Seminar - November 2020

Professor Gérard Berry is conducting webinars in collaboration with Indian academic institutions in Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai. Dates: 2-10 November 2020. He was initially supposed to give these lectures in person in March 2020. 

Seminar Programme


    • 2 November, 18h30: Webinar in collaboration with India Habitat Centre: Why Computing is Turning the World Upside Down. Register now.
    • Webinar for the Lycées français en Inde: Pourquoi l’informatique ?


    • International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)


    • Institute of Mathematical Sciences
    • Chennai Mathematical Institute


    • IIT Bombay
    • TIFR in the framework of the School of Technology and Computer Science Colloquium


Gerard Berry at College de France

Gerard BerryGérard Berry, a member of the French Académie des sciences and Gold Medal of CNRS in 2014, studied at Ecole Polytechnique and Corps des Mines in Paris. He was a researcher at Ecole des Mines and Inria from 1970 to 2001, Chief Scientist of the Esterel Technologies company from 2001 to 2009, Director of Research at Inria from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed as Full Professor at Collège de France in 2012 on the Algorithms, Programs and Machine Chair; he had previously held there two-yearly chairs in 2007-2008 and 2009-2010. He officially retired in 2001. His main scientific contributions concern the formal development of programming languages in relation to mathematical logic, parallel and real-time programming, high-level design of computer circuits and systems, and formal verification of programs and circuits. He is the creator of the Esterel synchronous reactive language. Through his courses, books, and conferences, he is also active in the dissemination to a general audience of the new algorithmic way of thinking and acting.

Professor François Héran Seminar - October 2019

Prof-Francois-HeranFrançois Héran is one of the leading authorities on social demography. A philosopher by training, he first carried out his research in rural France, southern Spain and Bolivia as sociologist and ethnologist. He was elected in 2017 professor at the Collège de France (Paris) on a newly elected chair, “Migrations and Societies”. He has founded in 2017 an “Institut des Migrations” which supports 380 fellow of all disciplines. François Héran has published extensives in rural sociology, sociology of religion, kinship studies, demography and migration.