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Bruno Maquart appointed as President of Universcience

Bruno Maquart, Universcience President © Ph Levy_EPPDCSI

Proposed by the board of Universcience, Bruno Maquart was appointed president by the French Council of ministers on Wednesday June 24th 2015. He succeeds Claudie Haigneré in a presidential term that will last 5 years.

An agricultural engineer graduate of the National Agronomic Institute Paris-Grignon, a former student of the Ecole nationale d'administration and general inspector of social affairs, Bruno Maquart was chief of staff to Marisol Touraine Minister of social affairs, of health and of women's rights.

General Director of the Centre Pompidou from 2001 to 2007, he was then until 2010 the General Director of the France-Muséums Agency, responsible for the Louvre Abu Dhabi.


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The city of Paris boasts two prestigious centres promoting science and technology, the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and the Palais de la Découverte. From January 1st, 2010, they have joined forces to create a new institution: Universcience placed under the joint responsibility of the Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the Ministry for Culture. With almost 3.5 million visitors each year (3 million at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie and 550 000 at the Palais de la découverte), Universcience is the fourth most popular cultural establishment in Paris after the Louvre, Versailles and the Georges-Pompidou Centre.