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Appointment of the next Executive Director of CIMPA

CIMPA is pleased to announce the appointment of Christophe Ritzenthaler as Executive Director of CIMPA. He will take up his new duties on September 1, 2020. His term of office is 4 years.

Christophe Ritzenthaler defended his PhD, which was prepared under the supervision of Jean-François Mestre, at Paris VII university in 2003. After two years abroad as post-doc, he started as assistant professor at Aix-Marseille university. En 2013, he took up a professor position at Rennes 1 university.

His research deals with effective aspects of arithmetic geometry and their applications to cryptography and coding theory. For instance, he gave several methods to compute Serre’s obstruction for genus 3 curves over finite fields. He has written more than thirty articles and ten packages for the computational algebra software Magma.

Christophe Ritzenthaler is strongly involved in promoting research and education. During the past 5 years, he has organized 8 conferences and 5 summer schools. Among them, one was a CIMPA school in Uruguay and another one a school in partnership in Turkey. He is also committed to addressing discriminations, in particular as adviser of the gender committee in his laboratory.