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N° 52
  30 March 2017  
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  INRA committed to open science 
March for Science. © March for Science
© March for Science
INRA is among the French public research institutions which support the March for Science to be held on 22 April 2017 all over the world, including in at least 15 French towns and cities. The initiative was launched by US scientists and has three major objectives: defend the independence and freedom of public scientific research, promote scientific culture and greater dialogue between science and society, and to take science into account more fully in political decision-making processes.

This movement is entirely in line with INRA’s international strategy, which is based on the scientific excellence of its researchers to construct research which is attentive to society’s concerns, enlightens public policies and public debate and encourages innovation for farmers and citizens.

In order to maintain this momentum, INRA places great importance on hosting foreign researchers: each year, more than 500 foreign scientists and students join our labs. The Institute also encourages the mobility of its researchers in labs abroad.


The AgreenSkills programmes promote the international mobility of young and experienced researchers through incoming and outgoing fellowships. In all disciplinary fields and regardless of nationality, they offer attractive hosting and recruitment conditions.  The call for applications is ongoing until 2018, with two selection rounds each year, in April and in October. A new call for applications is open until 28 April 2017. > For further information

Save the date

From 3 July 2017, INRA will be recruiting research directors and research scientists to reinforce its teams. Recruitment will be project-based and open to candidates who are experienced in designing and conducting research projects.

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

Agreenskills. © inra, W. Beaucardet
AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ mobility programmes: encouraging international careers

The AgreenSkills and AgreenSkills+ programmes, coordinated by INRA, promote the international mobility of young and experienced researchers through incoming and outgoing fellowships. In all disciplinary fields and regardless of nationality, they offer attractive hosting and recruitment conditions. The final call for applications was open until 8 February 2018.

International mobility
Mission log

In order to maintain the dynamics of scientific excellence and pursue its mission to train researchers, INRA encourages exchanges and international mobility to and from France.

Samane Eskandari, an Iranian student at the Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute (INRA, AgroParisTech, ELR CNRS). © INRA, Catherine Foucaud-Scheunemann
Samane Eskandari, coming to the rescue of Iranian cucumbers

As part of her doctoral studies, Samane Eskandari, an Iranian student, is hosted by the Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute for six months.

Ana Villares, a research scientist in INRA’s Biopolymers, Interactions and Assemblies Unit in Angers-Nantes, received the 2016 Promising Researcher Award.. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Ana in the land of the little

Like Gulliver, Ana Villares is on an extraordinary journey, making leaps and bounds in a nano-scopic world. From the discovery of physicochemical properties of plant-based polymers in Spain, to their assembly at INRA in Nantes, her story takes us to the heart of her scientific research: design new bio-sourced materials that are reliable and sustainable.

Aude Alaphilippe, research engineer at INRA Gotheron. © INRA
The fruits of her labour

In her orchards, research engineer Aude Alaphilippe, is innovating to develop and assess the sustainability of integrated crop production systems that produce more effectively while respecting the environment. At the INRA Gotheron Experimental Unit, she applies her research findings to industry needs in order to reap the fruits of high-performance arboriculture practices.

Laboratoire interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés (INRA, Univ. Paris Est Marne-la-Vallée, CNRS, ESIEE, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech), INRA Versailles-Grignon.
A. Loconto during her work in South America. © INRA, A. Loconto
Allison Loconto, expert for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

A researcher in social sciences, Allison Loconto is interested in responsible innovation.

Information for incoming foreign scientists. © INRA
Report - Information for incoming foreign scientists

If you are a foreign researcher coming from abroad to work or study at INRA, this section will give you useful information to prepare your stay, to explain what you need to know before arriving in France, on your arrival and during your stay at INRA.

   1 - Formalities before your arrival in France
   2 - Upon your arrival in France
   3 - Practical information
Careers and talents

The people at INRA work in over 50 scientific disciplines and 70 different professions. They seek answers to the major concerns of the 21st century: providing healthy, high-quality food sources and ensuring competitive, sustainable agriculture while preserving the environment.

Report - The giants of microworlds

On the occasion of the 54th International Agricultural Show, more than 150 INRA researchers will meet with the public and professionals to provide insight into the microworlds which play an essential role in our environment and our health, from the soil to the intestine. These scientists will explain the research conducted at INRA. Discover in this report some of the profiles of these "giants", explorers of microbial worlds.

   1 - Harry Sokol, investigator of the role of microbiota in immunity, from patient to cell
   2 - From Petri Dishes to Next-Generation Sequencing
   3 - Stanislav Dusko Ehrlich
   4 - The DNA of soils
   5 - The key to fighting climate change is under our feet
   6 - Telluric microorganisms and the carbon cycle
   7 - The key to soil management
Cécilia Multeau. © INRA
Biocontrol expert creates INRA public-private partnerships

In October 2016, Cécilia Multeau took charge of INRA’s efforts to create public-private partnerships and promote innovation transfer in the field of biological control. Multeau first became interested in the interface between publically and privately funded research during her PhD thesis. Indeed, she straddled the two worlds for seven years as an employee at Biotop, a company specialized in alternative pest control solutions for crops. Her work focused on densoviruses and other pathogens of interest. She is now applying her expertise to help create biocontrol-related public-private partnerships for INRA.

Claire Chenu, a professor at AgroParisTech and researcher at the Joint Research Unit for Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agroecosystems (INRA-AgroParisTech) © C. Chenu
Claire Chenu wins the 2016 AFES award

International action for soils

22 Apr 2017
March for Science
23-24 May 2017
1st French-German Maize Breeders School
Stuttgart (Germany)
19 Jun - 07 Jul 2017
PSE Summer School - Paris School of Economics
07-15 Jul 2017
7th International Summer School of Agroecology (ISSAE)
15-21 Jul 2017
2017 Summer School in Ecology and Integrative Biology of the TULIP LabEx
French Pyrenees

Research News
A European and international strategy for INRA

INRA will only find its full place in international food security research if it can transmit its strategies and capacities beyond France’s borders. Doing so will also foster innovation and support French farmers and agricultural industries on the international stage.

Half of INRA’s publications are the result of international cooperation; INRA’s international strategy draws on this core strength. Another major asset are INRA’s partnerships with other national stakeholders. These inclu...

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Discussions with our partners at the 2017 International Agricultural Show

INRA has a large number of partnerships in the framework of research projects, joint programming initiatives and for developing expertise in support of public decision-making. The International Agricultural Show is also the occasion to meet and discuss with some of these partners. A closer look at some of these discussions.

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Symposium "People, animals and environment: One Health"

60% of human infectious diseases are of animal origin, the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics affects humans as well as animals, the dispersion of contaminants in the environment has impacts on human health... Public health issues constitute important fields of research for INRA. The Institute is holding its scientific symposium at the Paris International Agricultural Show on 28 February on the subject "People, Animals, Environment: One Health".

Cereal field in the Brittany countryside. © INRA, CAUVIN Brigitte
Reducing pesticide use in agriculture without lowering productivity

As part of the DEPHY-Ferme network, a major component of the French government’s EcoPhyto plan to reduce and improve plant protection product use, researchers from INRA working with the company Agrosolutions examined the relationship between pesticide use and cropping system performances1 in terms of productivity and profitability. The results, published in Nature Plants on 27 February 2017, show that pesticide use can be significantly reduced without lowering yields or economic performances at farm level if substantial changes in farming practices are adopted. However, implementing new practices is not necessarily easy and farmers need guidance in doing so.

Drone surrounded by worker bees. © INRA, MORISON Nicolas
Scientists flying to the rescue of bees


When wine has a thirst for research. © FOTOLIA, Fotolia
When wine has a thirst for research


The genetics behind being Not Like Daddy

Ancient peoples shaped the Amazon rainforest

Alien species on the rise worldwide

Biodiversity when restoring soil through fallowing: stronger interactions among organisms, increased carbon uptake in soil

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