Brigitte Van Tiggelen is the Science History Institute’s director of international affairs, working from the Institute’s office in Paris. Trained as both a physicist and a historian, she started her career in the history of chemistry with a PhD devoted to the Chemical Revolution in the southern Low Countries (roughly present-day Belgium and Luxembourg). 

She is the coeditor of Women in Their Element: Selected Women’s Contributions to the Periodic System (2019), a volume that brings together more than two decades of research and publication of the life and work of women in science. 

Since 2017, she has served as chair of the Commission on the History of Chemistry and the Molecular Sciences, which promotes the field inside the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. After two terms as the head of the Historical Division of the European Chemical Society (EuChemS), she now leads the Selection Committee for the EuChemS Historical Landmark Awards inaugurated in 2018.