MAK’IT Scientific Council

Role and responsibilities

The MAK’IT Scientific Council (MASC) is an independent organ that supports MAK’IT strategic development, with the following three main tasks:

  • Provide advice and recommendations on the scientific strategy, positioning, themes and activities of the Institute;
  • Evaluate applications within the framework of MAK’IT’s different calls for applications;
  • Contribute to the international visibility and promotion of the Institute, circulate information on its hosting programmes and activities, make suggestions regarding researchers and other stakeholders who could be invited at the Institute.


Camilla Toulmin

Senior Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
(United Kingdom) – Chair of the MASC

Ibrahima Thioub

Rector, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Dakar

David Nabarro

Strategic Director, 4SD

Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto

Director, United Nations University’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

Belinda Reyers

Senior Research Associate, Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST), University of Stellenbosch
(South Africa)

Paulo Saldiva

Director, Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of São Paulo (IAS-USP)

Louise Jackson

Emerita Professor, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, University of California Davis

Carlos María Correa

Executive Director, South Center

Sonja Vermeulen

Director of Programs, Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

Nuno Ferrand

Scientific Coordinator, Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto

Philippe Jarne

Research Director, French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE)

Martine Peeters

Research Director, French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), UMI Translational Research on HIV/SIV and Infectious Diseases (TransVIHMI)

Working modalities

The MASC meets twice a year, usually virtually in September/October and physically in Montpellier on the occasion of MAK’IT Annual Conference in March/April.