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General organisation

The AERES has organised its human resources so as to be able to carry out its missions in France and abroad. As well as a Board of 25 French and foreign members, it relies on administrative and scientific staff and calls on some 4,500 experts every year.


Spurred on by its President, the AERES is endeavouring to forge close working ties between:

  • the AERES Board, on which the Agency’s President sits, is appointed by decree for four years (renewable once); this is made up of 25 French, European or international members. The Board defines measures that will guarantee the quality, transparency and publicity of evaluation procedures and ensures that the diversity of the institutions and programmes evaluated is taken on board, along with the diversity of disciplinary fields.
  • The three evaluation departments (for institutions, research units, programmes and degrees) are each run by a department head who is appointed by the AERES Board, as put forward by the Agency’s President. He or she organises the department’s work, particularly as regards the writing of evaluation reports and, where applicable, the proposal of a score.
  • The AERES has 170 administrative and scientific support staff, including 106 scientific delegates, researchers and professors. Working full or part time, these delegates are tasked with the scientific organisation of evaluations. They work under the authority of the department heads to organise the expert committees and evaluation follow-up.


The AERES also calls on some 4,500 French and foreign experts every year to help with conducting its evaluations. These are chosen at the proposal of:

  • the Agency’s Board members and department heads
  • the rectors or directors of higher education and research organisations and institutions
  • the presidents of staff evaluation bodies that are competent in higher education and research.

The evaluation is mainly carried out by peers (researchers or professors) and experts from other backgrounds (students, professionals from the corporate sector or governmental departments, etc.). The committees’ members vary depending on the specific nature of what is being evaluated.