The Solar Academy will be managed by Pr. Monika Woloszyn assisted by Pr. Christophe Ménézo as Deputy Director for national and international partnerships.

Monika Woloszyn is full professor at University Savoie Mont Blanc, since 2011. Director of research unit LOCIE, she is also strongly involved in the collaborations between CEA and LOCIE. Her research interests cover various topics from coupled heat and mass transfer in building envelopes to global environmental performance of solar buildings, including impact of occupants.
Monika Woloszyn co-authored 52 articles in International journals (Building and Environment, Solar Energy, Energy and Buildings…) and approximately 100 papers in international and national conferences (scopus h-index=16). Member of scientific committees of several international conferences, she is associated editor of ‘Building and Environment’. She’s received several awards and is a holder (since 2010) of French Scientific quality bonus (PES – prime d’excellence scientifique). Monika Woloszyn also participated in ANR evaluation committee and acted as a member of Comeval (Multidisciplinary Advisory board for recruitment and career assessment for researchers of French Ministry of Ecology Transition).

Monika Woloszyn is actively participating in numerous research projects: International Energy Agency, National Research Agency (ANR), ADEME, Region. Her involvement in training is also significant: she holds different responsibilities in Master curricula, and at doctoral level she co-supervised 23 PhD students (17 completed). Contact


Pr.Christophe Ménézo  is Director of the CNRS Research Federation on Solar Energy (FédESol) and is the Green/smart building group leader of the French/Singaporean CNRS/CEA/NTU Network (IRN CNRS) on Renewable Energy (SINERGIE). He is associate Member of ISES International Solar Energy Society and member of Board of directors (elected in May 2015) of the competitivity cluster TENERRDIS. With L. Gaillard he is co-founder of a startup project (Ab Initio project, supported by SATT Linskium). He has been French representative in the EU COST-Action network on « Adaptives Façades » (jan 2015-2019) and Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of EURAC Institute for Renewable Energy (2014-2017). He led the Chair “Habitats and Energy Innovations”, INSA Foundation/Electricity of France from January 2011 to December 2015. He has been Ass. Prof. at the UC Lyon1 and researcher on solar systems for 15 years at the Thermal Centre of Lyon (CETHIL-UC Lyon1/CNRS). In 2004 he created and became the coordinator of the Solar Systems Team.

His current research is led at the INES, LOCIE lab and focuses on building integration of solar components (especially on photovoltaic and hybrid PV/Th solar components), redefinition of building envelopes conventionally concerned with insulation and sealing in order to include dynamic and active features (energy collect and conversion, ventilated solar envelope) and more recently on solar energy potential at city scale (solar cadastre) especially on Great Geneva (as French leader of the Interreg G2 Solaire project). He is co-author of 47 International Journal papers (scopus), 70 international conf, 3 book chapters and 1 book (2018) on bio-inspired engineering (h-index: 18, wos). As Awards and International distinctions, he has been Invited Guest of Honor SOLARIS 2012 Varanasi, India / Awarded in 2017 as best Solar Energy French researcher and Award (2018) of Chinese Academy of Sciences « President’s International Fellowship Initiative « . Contact