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Best Wishes for 2015 from INRA

The new year marks the midway point in INRA’s 2010-2020 research strategy. Several important dates in 2015 attest to the Institute’s renewed commitment to the global community: the 2015 Universal Exposition in Milan: “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, and a series of international conferences on climate which will conclude with the Climate Convention in Paris at year’s end.

Best Wishes 2015. © INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
Updated on 12/29/2014
Published on 12/19/2014

Three key events

In the words of François Houllier, President and Director of INRA, “Three key events will define the new year. After that of 2009, the second evaluation of the Institute will take place in September 2015 - preparations for it have been underway for several months now. The 2015 universal exposition in Milan will focus for the first time on food-related issues: in the French pavilion and with our partners from Agreenium and ALLEnvi, this will be an occasion for us to put scientific and technological progress into perspective. Lastly, several international events will be held throughout the year, culminating with the 2015 Paris Climate Conference”.

Feeding the world in a healthy and sustainable manner is the number one priority of INRA research. That is why, within the framework of the Alliance for French research, Allenvi, the Institute is working on developing presentations for the French pavilion, under the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”, at the Universal Exposition in Milan from 1 May to 31 October 2015. INRA is participating in exhibits on a bee hotel, a genotyping platform, life of agricultural soils and water management, and a focus on microorganisms. Some 15 INRA researchers will also participate in debates with the public, relayed in French and English.

The priorities INRA has set for itself to reach its goal are fourfold, the foremost being to mitigate and adapt to climate change. In 2015, France will host international negotiations on climate, and act as chair at the UN Convention on Climate Change from 30 November to 11 December 2015. The convention must conclude with a universal and binding agreement to keep global temperature below 2°C.
In advance of this conference, two important dates are of note in INRA’s 2015 agenda:

  • Third world conference on climate-smart agriculture, scheduled for 16-18 March 2015 in Montpellier, co-organised by Cirad, IRD, Agropolis, INRA, Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the University of California, Davis (USA);
  • Our common future under climate change, an international scientific conference at UNESCO, Paris, 7-10 July 2015. This conference will take a comprehensive look at the stakes of climate change. The phrase “Our common future” is a reference to the Brundtland report on sustainable development published prior to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. INRA will be an active participant.

The Institute’s first big event of the year with the public, professionals, and partners is the Paris International Agricultural Show, from 21 February to 1 March. At the INRA stand, get a glimpse of the Institute’s research on climate change and what’s in store for Milan. Throughout the week, meetings are scheduled with professionals to discuss the topics of INRA’s eight major transversal research programmes. You will also find information on job opportunities and careers at INRA.

Best Wishes for 2015.
2015, a climate of confidence in the future


some highlights
  • 2014 was marked by several high points in France, its regions, and abroad: panorama
    In the words of François Houllier, “We must recognise how high the stakes are when it comes to food, agriculture and the environment. Much is expected of agricultural research in terms of knowledge, support for public policies, innovation, education and public debates”.
  • Analysis of the impact of INRA research on society.
    Using concrete examples, the project ASIRPA (Evaluating the socio-economic impact of public agricultural research) has demonstrated the diversity that is so vital to our mission, and the far-reaching impact of our research. It also showed the long-term nature of that impact – some 20 years on average – which is made possible by a dense network of partnerships that we must continue to nourish”, explains François Houllier.
  • Renewed Board of Directors
  • Review of current management charter (the first edition dating to 1999)