Administration duties and collective responsibilities
- Editorial Board of the Journal of Structural Geology January 1987 - December 1997.
- Conseiller éditorial of the Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France January 1992 - December 1995.
- Chief-Editor of Geodinamica Acta January 1993 - December 1998.
- Co-Editor of Géologie de la France January 1993 - December 1997.
- Editorial Board of Geology January 1996 - December 1998.
- Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences January 1996 - December 1999.
- Associate Editor of Terra Nova since January 1997.
- Editorial Advisory Board of Himalayan Geology since January 1997.
- Co-Chief-Editor of Tectonophysics April 1998 – January 2010.
- Associate Editor of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences since January 2011-December 2014.
- Editorial Board of International Journal of Geophysics since January 2011.
- Many reviews for various national and international journals and editor of several “special issues”.
- Director of the Structural Geology and Tectonophysics group of the ETH-Zürich since the September 1st, 1993.
- Director of the Geology team of the Centre Géologique et Géophysique de Montpellier (CNRS): March 1989 - August 1993.
- In charge of the thin-section workshop of the Centre Géologique et Géophysique de Montpellier (CNRS): June 1986 - August 1993.
- Head of the Department of earth Sciences at the ETH 2006-2010
- Member of the Forschungskommission (Research Commission) ETH April 2002-Mai 2007.
- Institute Director January 1997-April 1999, January 2013-January 2015 and since January 2016.
- Vice Director of the Geologisches Institut at the ETH Zürich April 1995- December 1996 and January 2012-December 2013.
- Elected C.N.R.S. member, grade A, in the Conseil de Spécialistes de la 36ème Section from March 1992 to August 1993.
- Elected in the Conseil du Département des Sciences de la Terre of the Université Montpellier II from February 1989 to August 1993.
- Elected C.N.R.S. member, grade B, in the Conseil de Spécialistes de la 36ème Section May 1980 to December 1983.
- Delegate of the C.N.R.S. in the UER 9 "Sciences de la Terre" of the USTL from March 1980 to September 1983 and from May 1986 to January 1989.
- Scientific Responsibility of the group "Déformations Ductiles" of the project "G.S. Tethys" from April 1987 to April 1989.
- Member of the Conseil Scientifique "Géologie Profonde de la France" from 1986 to 1988.
- President of the Conseil Scientifique "Géologie Profonde de la France" from 1988 to 1993.
- Member of the Conseil Scientifique "ECORS" from 1988 to 1993.
- Member of the Comité Scientifique et de Planification of the program "Imagerie et Structure de la Terre" from 1988 to 1993.
- Member of the Comité d'Evaluation du Programme ODP-France in 1991.
- Member of the Comité Scientifique de la 14ème Réunion des Sciences de la Terre in Toulouse, 13-15 Avril 1992.
- Member of the Conseil Scientifique "Géologie de la France 3D" from 1994 to 2000.
- Editorial board member of the Société Géologique de France from 1992 to 1994.
- Member of the Comité d'Evaluation du Programme ODP-France in 1995.
- Member of the Swiss Commission of Geophysics 1997-2005.
- Member of the Conseil Spécialisé des Sciences de la Terre (CNRS) from 1998 to 2000.
- President of the Comité d’Evaluation de la FR09 du CNRS “Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orléans”, 5-6 May 1999.
- Member of the Comité d’Evaluation de l’UPR4661 du CNRS “Géosciences Rennes”, 9-10 June 1999.
- Member of the Swiss Inter-Union Commission on the Lithosphere 2000-2003.
- Member of the Commission de structure conjoint des Facultés des Sciences de Genève et Lausanne (March 2000).
Member of the International Union of Geological Sciences for the
- President of the AERES Evaluation Committee of “Géosciences Rennes”, 4-5 November 2010.
- Member of the Scientific Committee INSU-CNRS 2017-2018.
- Scientific Committee of the International Association of Structural/Tectonic Geologists.
- Member of the Conseil Scientifique de l'Office National de la Recherche Géologique et Minière of Algeria since 1993.
- Vice Chairman of the International Lithosphere Program - Himalayan Regional Committee 1997-2000.
- Member of the Swiss International Union of Geological Sciences committee since 2010.
- Member of Evaluation Committee in the Scientific and Technological Thematic Sector Environment for the Greek Ministry of Education, Lifelong Learning and Religious Affairs Since 2010
- President of the Swiss International Union of Geological Sciences committee January 2015-December2017.
- Several times per year referee for projects submitted to the ARGS (Australia), AWON and NWO (Holland), DFG and Humboldt Foundation (Germany), FCAR. (Canada), FNS (Switzerland), FWF (Austria), INSU-CNRS, ANR and AERES (France), MIUR (Italy), NSF (USA), NERC (GB).
- Several committees for Professorial appointments in several European, American and Asian countries.
Organisation of scientific meetings:
- Co-convenor of the symposium 20 at the EUG VI (1991). Co-editor of the resulting volume 5 (1-2) of Geodinamica Acta.
Co-organiser of the international meeting Mechanical
instabilities in rocks and Tectonics in
Member of the Scientific Committee of the 7th Congress of the
European Geological Societies Connaissance
de la croûte européenne par sismique et forage in
President of the Scientific Committee of the 6th International
Symposium on the Observation of the
Continental Crust by Drilling in
Member of the Scientific Committee of the 14th Réunion des Sciences
de la Terre in
Co-convenor of the
- Co-organiser of the 10th workshop Himalaya - Karakoram - Tibet in Monte Veritá 4-8 April 1995. Editor of the resulting volume 260 (1-3) of Tectonophysics.
- Co-convenor of the symposium at the EUG VIII (1995) Measurements of past deformation rates.
Member of the Organisation Committee of the International Symposium Himalayan Suture Zone of
Co-organiser of the International Meeting Thermal
and mechanical interactions in deep seated rocks in
- Co-convenor of the symposium Dynamics of active margins and collision zones of the EUG 9 (1997).
- Co-organiser of the international workshop Europrobe-GeoRIFT, Zürich 16 - 19 October 1997.
Co-organiser of the session Collision Tectonics of 24th EGS, meeting,
- Co-organiser of the 18th workshop Himalaya - Karakoram - Tibet in Monte Veritá 2-4 April 2003.
- Member of the Organisation Committee of the International Symposium Deformation-Rheology-Tectonics in Zürich 2-4 Mai 2005.
- Co-convenor of the Geology and Tectonics of the Himalayan Orogenic Belt session of the 35th IUGS meeting in Capetown 27 August - 2 September 2016.
For the Conseil Général de l’Hérault: Données géologiques sur les mines d’uranium de Lodève, 1993.
PEGASOS Project (Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis for the Swiss Nuclear Powerplant Sites).
European Union of Geosciences.
European Geophysical Society
Société Géologique de France
Société Géologique de Suisse