The COST Association welcomes Professor Alain Beretz, the new President.


During the Committee of Senior Officials meeting which took place on the 16 June 2021, Prof. Paulo Ferrão, the outgoing President and Dr Ronald de Bruin, Director of the COST Association have warmly welcomed Professor Alain Beretz, the incoming President of the COST Association. His mandate has officially started on 21 June 2021 for the next 2 years.

“I’m happy to serve as the new COST President, as COST is the leading open networking tool in the European Research Area. COST operates in an inclusive manner, taking advantage of Europe’s diverse, excellent, and highly skilled population. I’m honoured to join the COST family in order to promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge in Europe and beyond,” says Alain Beretz.

Alain Beretz is a graduate in pharmacy and holds a PhD in pharmacology. He is professor emeritus at the University of Strasbourg.

From 2018 to 2020 he was the special envoy of the French Prime Minister with a mission on the “European universities initiative” of the European Commission.

From September 2016 to September 2018, he was Director General, Research and Innovation, at the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, with high level responsibilities on French research policies.

Prior to this, he was, the Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) from 2014 to 2016, after being a member for 3 years of its Board of Directors. He has been also in 2012 President of Eucor, the European campus, an innovative trans-border alliance grouping the universities of the Rhine valley: Basel (Switzerland), Freiburg and Karlsruhe (Germany), Haute-Alsace and Strasbourg (France).

As a professor of pharmacology, he participated in teaching of molecular pharmacology, therapeutics and haematology. His research dealt with thrombotic disorders, vascular pharmacology and chronic vascular diseases.

Read Prof. Beretz’ biography here.