Since the ENA in 1985, Alain Abécassis has held positions: at the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), in public institutions (at the Centre National du Cinéma (CNC)), in a ministerial cabinet (at the Ministry of Culture and Communication; at the Ministry of National Education; at the State Secretariat for Major Works) and in central administration (at the Directorate of School Education; at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research),
Since September 2013, he has been in charge of the service for the coordination of higher education and research strategies within the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
The unit for the coordination of higher education and research strategies is jointly run by the General Director for Higher Education and Professional Integration and the General Director for Research and Innovation. It provides information, tools and strategies for the general secretariat of the National Council for Higher Education and Research (CNESER) and is responsible for developing tools to define and implement higher education and research strategies at national and territorial level. This work includes ministerial statistical service, production of territorial diagnostic documents, monitoring of future investments, human resources and scientific employment strategies, promotion of parity and the fight against discrimination, project management of information systems, scientific and technical information policy for universities and research organizations, in particular the challenges of documentary policy and open science.