Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee was set up in 1985 at the initiative of Professor Denis van Berchem in order to offer advice to the Board regarding the worthiness of projects, to assist in developing research programmes and in examining applications to the Foundation. Today, the Committee consists of the following:

  • President, Prof. Charles Genequand, Université de Genève,
  • Prof. Giovanni Curatola, Università degli Studi di Udine,
  • Prof. François Déroche, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IVe Section, Paris,
  • Prof. Heinz Gaube, Eberhard-Karls-Universität, Tübingen,
  • Prof. Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia,
  • Prof. Ludvik Kalus, professor emeritus, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV),
  • Prof. Hugh N. Kennedy, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
  • Mrs. Louise Martin-van Berchem, member of the Board, Geneva,
  • Prof. Gregor Schoeler, Université de Bâle,
  • Prof. Alan Walmsley, University of Copenhagen.

The first Committee met on the 22nd of October 1985 in Geneva with the following people attending:

  • Prof. Denis van Berchem, former president, Université de Genève,
  • Mr. Alain Dufour, Geneva-based publisher,
  • Prof. Nikita Elisséeff, Université Lyon II (member from 1985 until 1997),
  • Prof. Charles Genequand, Université de Genève,
  • Prof. Oleg Grabar, Harvard University and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (member from 1985 until 2000),
  • Prof. Ludvik Kalus, professor emeritus, Université de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV),
  • Prof. Michael Meinecke, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Damascus, and Director of the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Berlin (member from 1985 until1995),
  • Dr. Basil Robinson, former conservator of the Victoria and Albert Museum of London (member from 1985 until1997),
  • Prof. Michel Terrasse, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, IVe Section, Paris (member from 1985 until 2000).

In 1985, Professor Denis van Berchem was appointed president of the Committee by the Board, and Alain Dufour and Charles Genequand were asked to report to the Board on the discussions of the Committee. Since 1986, the Committee met once a year at the end of June. Professor Giovanni Oman, from the Istituto Universitario Orientale in Naples, was also a member of the Committee from 1986 until 1999, as well as Professor C. Edmund Bosworth, from the University of Manchester, from 1986 until 2002, Professor Mikel de Epalza, from the Universitad d’Alacant, from 1998 until 2000, and Professor Michael Rogers, School of Oriental and African Studies and curator of the Nasser D. Khalili Collection of Islamic Art, London, from 1995 until 2012.

In 1992, Professor Charles Genequand took over from Professor Denis van Berchem who retired from the presidency of the Scientific Committee but continued to sit at the Board until his death in 1994.