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INRA's  Annual report  for 2013 - The Institute
 . © INRA, Arnaud Veldeman

INRA’s Annual Report for 2013

In its new format with three thematic sections, the Annual Report for 2013 - which was presented at the end of June to INRA's Board of Directors - reflects the diversity of the Institute's activities and the commitment of its staff.

Updated on 06/14/2017
Published on 06/27/2014

INRA's Annual Report for 2013 is now available.  In terms of both its content and format, this report marks a new beginning: three, bilingual thematic sections (in French and English), interviews with experts, partners and scientists, a modern layout inspired by the magazine press, etc.  INRA has thus chosen to adopt a thematic, more human approach, and to highlight the diversity of its actions, the wealth of its production and the commitment of its staff.

Theme-based information

A choice has thus been made to report on the principal events of the past year in the context of three thematic sections.  The first focuses on INRA's missions and partnerships, and on the awards and distinctions earned by the Institute, in order to give an insight into key figures, strategies and ongoing projects.  This first section is introduced by an editorial from François Houllier, the President of INRA.

The second section, introduced by Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, is devoted to presenting some of the major scientific achievements of 2013, in order to highlight the advances made in the research areas that correspond to our missions.

The third section, introduced by Claude Ronceray, Deputy Director General for Research Support Services and entitled "The women, men and resources" emphasises the human dimension of the Institute and provides some detail on financial issues and the reforms undertaken regarding research support.

A more human approach to INRA's achievements

Another important novelty in this 2013 report is the inclusion - alongside each important achievement of either an institutional or scientific nature - of an interview with an expert, who can clarify or place the subject in context.  In total, 21 specific topics are addressed in the three sections, and then interpreted or enriched by some figures or a key word.

Our objective was to produce a simple, modern, clear and synoptic report.  Preference was given to simplicity in the photos, capturing different staff members carrying out their everyday tasks without any staging, to give a sense to the images and promote clarity of content.  The aim is therefore to preserve scientific accuracy and favour attractiveness and accessibility for a wider public to remarkable, valuable and shared science.


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INRA's  Annual report  for 2013 - The Institute
 . © INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
© INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
Section 1: Sharing our vision of agricultural research

Extract from the editorial by François Houllier (President of INRA):

"Throughout 2013, INRA’s 17 research centres set the stage for thought-provoking conversations. This ‘tour de France’ showcased the wide range of INRA’s activities, productions and impacts. Our ambition to explore and reveal the limits of knowledge, essential for a research organisation, was one of a number of focal points. We also examined our contribution to innovation and technology transfer, support for public policies and training through research, as well as the necessity of commitment from the scientific community to societal concerns (...) Travel throughout Europe, Latin American and North Africa, as well as meetings with colleagues from Australia, China, India and North America, have shown a clear trend towards a globalised agricultural research environment. This trend also applies to agricultural research and development, as well as the role of this research in global food and environmental issues." 

2013 Annual Report -Volume 1 - The Institute (PDF)


Annual Report 2013 - Resarch Highlghts. © INRA, Arnaud Veldemann
© INRA, Arnaud Veldemann
Section 2: Transitions: a four-fold challenge

Extract from the editorial by Olivier Le Gall (Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs):

"Society is faced with four transitions, national or global, (agroecological, climatic, food and end-uses) that lie at the very heart of our research (...)  A third of the way into the period covered by the 2010-2020 INRA orientation document, the priorities that were set are turning into concrete results from research. Indeed, recounting those results in a few pages was a challenge: 2013 marks a record year for INRA in terms of the number of scientific publications at international level. This second section offers an in-depth look at a selection of recent research results in support of these transitions."

  2013 Annual Report - Volume 2 - Research Highlights (PDF)



Annual Report 2013  - Women, men and resources. © INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
© INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
Section 3: Preserving the human dimension

Extract from the editorial by Claude Ronceray (Deputy Director General for Research Support Services):

"The third section of the 2013 annual report addresses how resources are mobilised to achieve INRA’s strategic scientific goals (...) Many new faces have joined INRA in 2013, but the strategic framework put in place for 2012-2015 remains the common agenda shared by all. Efforts to modernize management begun by previous teams are being taken up at national level as well as in the centres, notably in the adaptive relationship between units and support services."

  2013 Annual Report - Volume 3 - The women, men and resources (PDF)