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In 1977, Christian Tamponnet was admitted to the Ecole Normale Supérieure de l’Enseignement Technique, where he studied biochemistry. He obtained the CAPET in biochemistry with a microbiology option in 1981, the agrégation in biochemistry and biological engineering in 1982 and a DEA in microbiology, enzymatic engineering and bioconversions in 1983. In 1986, he defended his doctoral thesis on the same subject before obtaining his habilitation to direct research in 1995. He has authored or co-authored over a hundred articles, book chapters and scientific reports, including some fifty with peer review, and supervises pre- and post-doctoral research in space biotechnology.

After three years at Stony Brooks University (SUNY, USA) and two years as a lecturer at ENS Cachan, Christian Tamponnet took on the management of the European scientific and technical research programme on the development of closed ecological systems to support human life in space at ESA from 1990 to 1998. In 2000, he joined the environmental modelling laboratory at IRSN-Cadarache and coordinated the European BORIS (Bioavailability of Radionuclides in Soils) project. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Scientific Director’s team in charge of the IRSN Scientific Council secretariat and exploratory and participatory research.

Since 2000, he has taught at IRSN, INSTN and various universities.