Jean-François Guégan is a Research Professor “de classe exceptionnelle” at the IRD, now hosted at INRAE, in Montpellier. He has also been a teacher and head of teaching units at the University of Montpellier on global change and health for almost 15 years, Professor at the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP), Paris, Rennes, and head of a Masters track (260 hours; 2010-2020) of international public health in English (labeled Erasmus Mundus), where he teaches the issue of Advanced Planetary Health. An expert at the WHO and UNEP, he is also a member of the French National Committee on Global Changes (CNFCG) and former member of the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP) where he has been in charge of several official State reports, including one on emerging infectious diseases and national preparedness, and another one on climate change, health and national adaptation.
With nearly two years of experience in the Agri-Food, he is involved in the transfer of scientific knowledge to public decision-makers and is a co-organiser and President of an annual Seminar of the Val-de-Grâce’s School on the societal, economic, health, political, media consequences of emerging infectious diseases (www.malinfemerg.org). He is both a parasitological ecologist and a population biologist, working at the interface between theoretical models and empirical data. He investigates the population dynamics of infectious diseases, focusing on their biogeographical and community ecology dynamics.He has directed and participated in many national and international research programs on animal/environment-to-human transmission and emerging infectious diseases. He co-chaired several international reports, in particular for the former international program DIVERSITAS, now FutureEarth from UNEP, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the WHO on the linkages between biodiversity and emerging infections. He has published over 190 scientific publications in international journals plus 90 national publications in French, has coproduced 11 books, including 5 for higher education, 72 book chapters and gave 180 national and international conferences.