Jocelyne Pérard obtained her PhD in Geography with distinction with the thesis “Research on the Climates of the Malaysian Archipelago: the Philippines”. She was appointed Professor of Geography by the University of Bourgogne (former University of Dijon) in 1985 and became the new Director of the Climatology Research Laboratory of the University and the supervisor of CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) team, specializing in tropical climatology from 1986 until 1993. From 1989 to 1993, she was Vice President of the University of Bourgogne, in-charge of the Pedagogy. She was also the Vice Doyen of the Department of Human Sciences and supervisor of the DEA (Degree of University Research) devoted to climatologic (Climats et contraintes climatiques). In November 1993, she was elected the new President of the University of Bourgogne, where she continued to carry on her scientific research on tropical climates. In the meantime, from 1996 to 1998, she worked with the Board of French University Presidents (Conference des Présidents d’Université – CPU) as President of the Committee in charge of social matters regarding students. She was also a member of the standing committee of the CPU, working directly with the French Minister of Superior Education and Research. Jocelyne Pérard has been honoured with the Palmes Académiques and the Grade of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and the Unesco Chaire “Chaire Unesco Culture et Tradition du Vin”. The UNESCO Chair “Culture and Traditions of Wine” of the University of Burgundy, the only UNESCO Chair in the world, working on the themes of vine and wine, has a main objective to develop, to value and to communicate worldwide about the knowledge on vine and wine from all disciplines. In partnership with members of its international network coming from 65 universities, more than 700 researchers, interprofessional organizations, or museum structures all around the world, it organizes international events to promote and evaluate this knowledge on the vitivinisphere.
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