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2014 INRA Awards: snapshots and highlights

The 2014 INRA Awards were presented on 5 November 2014 in the presence of Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and Geneviève Fioraso, the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, in a ceremony hosted by Mathieu Vidard at the Showcase in Paris.

The 2014 INRA Awards on 5 November 2014: from left to right, Stephane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Francois Houllier, President of INRA, Genevieve Fioraso, the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, and Mathieu Vidard the host of the event held at the Showcase in Paris.. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Updated on 07/26/2015
Published on 11/21/2014
Keywords: prize - INRA Awards

The 2014 INRA Awards were presented on 5 November 2014 in the presence of Stéphane Le Foll, France’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and Geneviève Fioraso, the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, in a ceremony hosted by Mathieu Vidard at the Showcase in Paris.

Highlights

During the ceremony, award recipients spoke about their motivation and their involvement in research. In expressing their appreciation, they made clear the importance of collective research and group work to their success.

Encouraging young scientists

Stéphane Le Foll, Minister of Agriculture: “What is interesting about your approach is the connections you have forged with the land and with farmers. ... Performing well in your field also means performing well as a part of a system and as a part of a team. It also means you are engaged with what is going on in the world. I think this is a really rewarding aspect of research today. This is perfectly exemplified in the work that you, Mr Tardieu, have been carrying out for so long.”

François Tardieu, recipient of the 2014 Award for Scientific Excellence: “Agriculture is part of our way of life. It is the food that we eat. Now, it must face the challenges of climate change; it is worth spending a bit of time on.”

Geneviève Fioraso, State Secretary for Higher Education and Research: “Carrying out research at a European level is a pathway to success. ... The most creative work ... leading to the biggest breakthroughs ... happens when researchers from different cultures collaborate. ... I thank you for encouraging young people to pursue their interest in science.”

Lisa Wingate, recipient of the 2014 Young Researcher Award: “I speak to trees from time to time and sometimes speak to my computer as well. I do it because I hope the trees will share their secrets with me. ... We look at carbon, oxygen, and cellulose indicators ... and when I study the data, I cannot believe how much the chemical signals can vary. ... The beauty and clarity of these signals preserved in wood is really incredible. They tell us their version of history and how they adapted to change and to the weather. ... These trees communicate their experiences and their lives to us, and we try to listen and to understand them better.”

Processes, methods, and knowledge with an impact to society and to agriculture.
 

Frédéric Dardel, President of INRA’s Scientific Advisory Board and President of the University of Paris V–Descartes: “Engineers have a special place at INRA and in its project-based research ... developing processes, methods, and knowledge with an impact to society and to agriculture.”

Laurent Labbé, recipient of the 2014 Engineer Award: “This work is more important than ever as fish consumption has doubled over the past 50 years. ... Fish is now an important source of protein for many people. ... We are really at a turning point ... this is the first time that aquaculture has supplied more fish for human consumption than conventional fishing.”

Claude Ronceray, INRA Deputy Director General for Research Support Services: “Through this award, INRA recognises ... the key role support staff play in ensuring the collective success of the Institute.”

Séverine Siblot, recipient of the 2014 Research Support Award: “I have had the opportunity to draft some early versions of speeches for the presidents in the past and thoroughly enjoyed doing so. ... But I’ve never had the opportunity to experience the strange sensation of being behind a podium to give the speech.”

Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs: At Mirecourt Research Station, work is looking at “autonomy in terms of animal feed as well as in terms of energy resources. ... They are in the process of developing new skills in innovation. ... INRA also manages its organic agriculture network in part from this site.”

Jean-Marie Trommenschlager, recipient of the 2014 Research Support Award: “I am passionate about data and experiments, but am particularly attached to these cows of the “République” – as Bertrand Vissac used to called them – especially when they are grass fed. I would like to express my profound appreciation to our “institutional culture” that allows us to have a career filled with diverse roles and responsibilities, and where we have the kind support of our peers.”

Portraits of Award recipients

See award recipients from previous years >