Scientific Council

Role and responsibilities

The MAK’IT Scientific Council (MASC) is an independent organ that supports MAK’IT strategic development, with the following three main tasks:

  • Provide advice and recommendations on the scientific strategy, positioning, themes and activities of the Institute;
  • Evaluate applications within the framework of MAK’IT’s different calls for applications;
  • Contribute to the international visibility and promotion of the Institute, circulate information on its hosting programmes and activities, and make suggestions regarding researchers and other stakeholders who could be invited to the Institute.


  • Camilla Toulmin, Senior Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (United Kingdom) – Chair of the MASC
  • Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Secretary General, Club of Rome
  • Carlos María Correa, Executive Director, South Centre (Switzerland)
  • Claire Daien, Professor, University Hospital Practitioner in Rheumatology at Montpellier University Hospital (France)
  • Louise Jackson, Emerita Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis, (USA)
  • Philippe Jarne, Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE) (France)
  • Belinda Reyers, Professor of Sustainability Science, Centre for Environmental Studies (CFES), University of Pretoria (South Africa)
  • Paulo Saldiva, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (IAS-USP) (Brazil)
  • Paul Shrivastava, Co-president, Club of Rome
  • Ibrahima Thioub, Former rector, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar (Senegal)
  • Sonja Vermeulen, Managing Director of Genetic Innovation (CGIAR)

Working modalities

The MASC meets twice a year, usually virtually in September/October and physically in Montpellier on the occasion of the MAK’IT Annual Conference in March/April.