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Recent visits to INRA by two Chinese delegations

On 17 and 18 November 2013, in Clermont then in Paris, INRA welcomed representatives from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). Then on 2 December 2013, INRA also welcomed a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). These two visits were aimed at reinforcing INRA's cooperation with these two organisations.

Delegation from the Chinese Acadey of Sciences (CAS) at INRA head office in Paris on 2 December 2013. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Updated on 01/14/2014
Published on 12/04/2013

On 17 and 18 November 2013, a delegation led by LI JiaYang, the Chinese Vice-Minister for Agriculture and President of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) was welcomed to INRA.

In Clermont-Ferrand, their visit to the wheat facility at the Clermont-Theix Research Centre followed on from signature of an INRA-CAAS-Limagrain agreement last June.

The next day, in the presence of François Houllier, President and Director General of the Institute, and Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, a letter of intent was signed between the two organisations at INRA's head office, preparing renewal of a framework agreement focused on:

1/ joint research activities and exchanges of information and materials in the fields covered by Chinese research programmes and INRA's meta-programmes, and
2/ collaborative actions concerning the challenges of food, agriculture and the environment.

More than 30 years of cooperation

Then on 2 December, INRA welcomed a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) to Paris. Wheat genomics, developmental biology and the microbial ecology of the gut are the principal areas for research cooperation ongoing between the two institutes.

The CAS representatives were received by François Houllier, INRA's President and Director General, and Olivier Le Gall, its Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs.  Their discussions were then joined by Nathalie Beaujean, an expert in reproductive physiology from the Joint Research Unit for Developmental Biology and Reproduction, Jean-François Soussana, Scientific Director Environment, and Christine Cherbut, Scientific Director Food and Nutrition.

The three principal themes of the Franco-Chinese partnership were thus addressed during these discussions, which then looked at opportunities for future collaborations.
Cooperation between INRA and its Chinese counterparts was initiated more than 30 years ago and has seen sustained development in recent years: for more information
The CAS is one of the four research institutions in China with which partnership agreements have been signed to date.

The CAS delegation was then welcomed by Agreenium.