Originally from Belgium, Martine Rahier holds an Engineering degree in Agronomy from the Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles - 1977). She continued her studies in the United States at the Universities of Cornell and Berkeley, and went on to obtain a PhD in Science from the University of Basel (1983), and a further “Habilitation” in Ecology from the University of Zurich (1993).
Granted a professorship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) in 1988, she became a Professor of Entomology and Animal Ecology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1994. In 2001, she founded the “Plant Survival” National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), which she directed for seven years. In 2008, she was elected rector of the University of Neuchâtel. Martine Rahier has been a member of several national and international university committees; she has also been president of various committees assessing research programmes and projects, as well as of scientific associations. Author of numerous publications, she has also supervised a large number of doctoral theses.
From 2013 to 2015, Martine Rahier was President of the “swissuniversities” association – the common body of Swiss universities (HEU). Since 1 January 2013, she is President of universities of applied sciences (HES) and universities of teacher education (HEP).
Term of office: 2015-2019