• Reduce text

    Reduce text
  • Restore text size

    Restore text size
  • Increase the text

    Increase the text
  • Print

    Print

INRA wishes you the very best for 2018

At the start of the new year, Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, takes a look at the highlights of 2017 and what’s in store for 2018.

INRA wishes you the very best for 2018. © INRA
Updated on 04/09/2018
Published on 12/19/2017

Philippe MAUGUIN, President of INRA.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Philippe MAUGUIN, President of INRA. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
“Key challenges await us at the dawn of this new year. Together, we must ensure food security across the globe and manage resources sustainably. We must protect our planet from major changes, notably climate-related, that threaten to alter biodiversity and the health of our fellow citizens. 

INRA has a crucial role to play in this context. The Institute provides essential fundamental knowledge to further the boundaries of science, helps find solutions that work for everyone, and offers skills and expertise to public policy makers who are shaping tomorrow’s world.
 
Concrete steps have been taken in this direction in 2017. INRA scientists participated in the workshops of the French National Food Conference, and I personally co-chaired workshop 14, which explored the investments, technological support and research that help prepare for a brighter future, in terms of the environment, health, society at large and the economy.  The conclusions of the Conference were submitted in December. Along with our partners, we gave the seal of approval for the creation of the Paris-Saclay University, with an integrated INRA-AgroParisTech centre of agricultural excellence to boost the impact of our teams working in the Ile-de-France region, who represent 20% of our workforce. We were also the driving force at the COP23 behind ideas for stocking carbon in soil more efficiently, and giving agriculture a fighting chance against climate change.
 
It goes without saying that in 2018, we will continue to invest in the greater good. Our metaprogrammes and the progress they are making provide food for thought for global research leaders working in agriculture, food and the environment, and will help forge stronger international collaboration in those fields. Our presence at the 2018 International Agricultural Show will provide an opportunity to showcase the diverse range of genetic resources at INRA’s disposal, and to enhance our work in characterising them and tapping into their full potential to provide food for future generations.

In addition to the firm and ambitious scientific strategy drawn up in 2016 with a scope through to 2025, INRA management has just validated a new goals and performance contract, to be signed with the State in 2018, defining the means to achieve set goals.
 
More than ever, the future of our planet depends on the direction we take and the choices we make now. On behalf of INRA and its staff of 10,000 people committed to sustainable food and agricultural systems, allow me to wish you all the very best for 2018.”

Philippe Mauguin
President and General Director of INRA