Former CNES Chair - Physical Sciences and Human Performances in Space
Former CNES Director of future resarch programmes
is now the Chair of the Research Steering Committee at Internatinal Space University (ISU)

Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier is an engineer from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble, earned a PhD in Metallurgy from the Ecole des Mines de Paris and a PhD in Solid State Physics from the University of Grenoble. After its initial education including DEA Metallurgy and Physics, University of Grenoble, PhD Engineering and Metallurgy, Mining School of Paris, PhD Solid State Physics, University of Grenoble

Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier has become in years 80s Director of the Solidification Laboratory at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA).

He lectured Crystal Growth, Metallurgy, Space Technology, Remote Sensing, Space Policy and Exploration, Microgravity and Human Space Flights in several French, European and American Universities. As a scientist with the French Atomic Energy Commission from 1976 to 1999, he published more than 130 publications and earned several scientific awards including two Prizes of the French Academy of Sciences (Grand Prix Marcel Dassault and Prix E. Brun).

In 1998 he was nominated as Deputy Director for Space Technology and Deputy Director for Advanced Concepts and Strategy at French Space Agency (CNES) and has been associated in research conducted by jp Antikidis on novel ways to combine space technologies with advanced digital emerging concepts.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier has also been involved with ISU (International Space University )since the very beginning. He taught in the Master Program, several SSPs, Executive Space Course and SHSSP and became Member of the Board of Advisors.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Favier was selected as French Astronaut Candidate in 1985, and then selected again by NASA as Payload Specialist in 1992, firstly alternate on the STS 65/IML2 shuttle mission. During the flight he was Crew Interface Co-ordinator at Control Center. He then flew on STS78/LMS Columbia mission in June/July 1996, logging 17 days in orbit.

He is a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics; He has been Chairman or Member of several French and International Scientific Associations. (French and International Crystal Growth Associations, French Metallurgy Society, the Chairman of different Panels and Working Groups of Space Agencies such as ESA, NASA and CNES (SSUP, MSWG, ISECG), a member of International Committees and Monitoring Boards (OECD, IAC, EC Framework Programs) and a participant in the workshop on "Humanity and Space the Next Thousand Years" hosted by the Foundation for the Future. Dr. Favier is the recipient of several decorations: He received the French Legion d'Honneur, the NASA Flight Medal, the Gold Medal of the City of Grenoble.


Dr. Favier is co-founder of Blue Planet, and have an extended knowledge of the international activities concerning new space systems. He has been one of the first CNES director of research aware of the high potential of the technology developed by Blue planet and has injected more than 500 $K in CNES preparatory studies. Since 2008 he is closely involved in the preparation of Blue planet dossiers including the supporting technological novel ideas as well as business matters analysis. He is today responsible for the international co-operation to take place with respect to v-GOBLE development and associated negotiations