The Academy of Science of the Institut de France is a select group of French scholars joined by foreign scholars, all chosen from among the most eminent in their fields. Serge Abiteboul is one of eleven newly elected members.
The Academy of Science has various roles, from examining the standing worldwide of research carried out in France, to how research is organized and its interface with the public, seeking to ensure that scientific culture and the advancement of knowledge are accessible to everyone. It also plays an active part in the development of international relations between researchers and institutions, especially in Europe. Lastly, the Academy of Science, thanks to its multi-disciplinary approach and its interactions with other branches of knowledge, contributes, as part of the Institut de France, to the life and livelihood of science.