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2017 Annual Report. © INRA

2017, an outstanding year for INRA

Scientific output, innovation, partnerships, support for public policy, 2017 was an outstanding year for INRA on all fronts. All of the women and men who make up INRA have worked hard throughout the year to achieve excellence in research and strive toward innovation and sustainable development in the agricultural and food sectors.

Updated on 09/20/2018
Published on 06/29/2018
Keywords: annual report

Extracts from the preface by Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA:

A great year for science and innovation

“2017 was a great year for science and innovation, with significant advances made in fundamental knowledge, be it about the organisation, evolution and plasticity of the genomes of living organisms; the processes involved in the development and behaviour of pathogens and pests that attack crops and livestock; or the impact of certain food compounds on human health… 2017 was also a red-letter year in terms of innovation, with 43 patents filed and 167 Declarations of Inventions and exploitable research results, notably in the fields of animal health and white biotechnologies. To top it off, grape varieties resistant to downy and powdery mildew were also added to the catalogue of vine varieties in 2017.

Robust partnerships and support for public policy-making

2017 witnessed the strengthening of the Institute’s partnerships with socio-economic players, civil society and higher education. This bears witness to the robust partnerships forged between INRA and professional partners from the agricultural, food, forestry and environmental sectors.   By signing the citizen science charter, INRA has proven its commitment to fortifying ties with civil society. The CiTIQUE project, which brings citizens and researchers together, is a good example. Lastly, INRA boosted its relationship with higher education by its involvement in six Idex and six I-Sites. Today, the Institute participates in six Graduate Schools of Research created in 2017.

2017 is also noteworthy for INRA’s remarkable mobilisation in terms of support for public policy-making on key subjects such as finding alternatives to pesticides, animal welfare, and more broadly, transitions towards sustainable agricultural and food systems that respond adequately to societal expectations. INRA took centre stage in the public debate initiated by the President of France about the future of farming and food by actively participating in the États Généraux de l’Alimentation, national workshops and regional debates, and by co-chairing the interdisciplinary workshop dedicated to paving the way forward. The États Généraux de l’Alimentation recognised the key role research and innovation play in finding lasting solutions for the future in the agricultural and food sectors. INRA wholeheartedly embraces its role in researching new ways to create value and ensure a better deal for farmers, making the most of their know-how and practices.

Laying the groundwork for what lies ahead

Lastly, 2017 was an important year in terms of laying the groundwork for what lies ahead. In order to maintain a leading role in the global effort of agricultural research, it is not enough to have a clear scientific strategy, like the one put in place in 2016 with INRA’s orientation document #INRA2025. That must then be turned into concrete action in order to lead the way to a brighter future.  Four ambitious action plans in the service of INRA’s scientific strategy were launched in 2017: strengthening cooperation with higher education; developing innovation; implementing a research strategy with partners at global level; and modernising the management of human resources and in-house communication. These action plans are part of the priorities of INRA’s new Contract of Agreed Objectives and Performance, approved by the ministers in charge of Research and Agriculture, which I had the honour of signing in early 2018 with Stéphane Travert and Frédérique Vidal.”

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