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INRA officials meet with their BBSRC counterparts

In early July, François Houllier, INRA’s president, and Olivier Le Gall, head of scientific affairs, welcomed a delegation from the BBSRC led by the research organization’s new chief executive, Jackie Hunter.

Délégation du  BBSRC  (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) accueillie par les représentant de l’Inra à Paris, le 10 juillet 2014.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Updated on 07/16/2014
Published on 07/15/2014

On Thursday, July 10, INRA welcomed a delegation from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); the group was led by Jackie Hunter, the organization’s new chief executive, and Steve Visscher, deputy chief executive and chief operating officer. The BBSRC, which brings together British research institutes, wanted to touch bases with François Houllier, INRA’s president; Olivier Le Gall, deputy director general for scientific affairs; Robert Habib, head of international scientific partnerships; and representatives from the DARESE (an administrative group in charge of coordinating INRA activities). The goal was to talk about INRA’s international policy priorities and thus take the opportunity to discuss potential joint projects.

INRA and the BBSRC are already jointly participating in international initiatives such as the FACCE-JPI, the Wheat Initiative, and the AnaEE. They also have a strong relationship with their Canadian and US counterparts and have been collaborating on more than 25 projects funded by the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7); over half of these projects (13) are coordinated by INRA, and 3 are coordinated by the BBSRC.