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N° 60
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  Saving the planet is not just a child’s dream 

Our planet is changing… by 2050 it will be inhabited by more than 9 billion people, living mainly in cities. Human activities and modern lifestyles already affect natural environments and ecological balances. Temperatures are increasing, natural resources are becoming rarer, biodiversity is impacted… How can we guarantee world food security and provide food and nutrition adapted to individual needs? How can we make best use of plants for our food, energy and other needs, with less impact on the environment? How can we better protect our soils, adapt to climate change? Human, animal and environmental health are closely related, how can we better protect the three? How can we promote innovation and its dissemination to stakeholders? All these issues preoccupy INRA, whose goal is to advance knowledge and propose solutions which will help resolve them.
This is why this year we are recruiting research scientists in ecology, genetics, biochemistry, economics and in twenty or so other scientific fields. These scientists will reinforce our teams already working in these fields. Their research should be coherent with the group project and multidisciplinary work that INRA is conducting.
Applications are open from 31 January to 4 March.

> More information and how to apply

INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 scientists. © Inra
In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 scientists

Joining INRA means having the freedom to express your talent as part of an inventive and audacious organisation. In 2019, INRA is recruiting 37 research scientists to reinforce its teams. Positions are open to all nationalities. Applications were open from 31 January to 4 March 2019. You can no longer apply.

Disability policy: recruitment of researchers and engineers 2019 © NICOLAS Bertrand, GAVALDA Véronique
INRA campaign to recruit researchers and engineers with disabilities

INRA’s campaign to recruit all levels of research scientists and engineers with disabilities closed on 28 February 2019. You can no longer apply.

In 2019, INRA is recruiting more than 120 engineers, managers and technicians
INRA is recruiting more than 125 engineers, managers, technicians and administrative staff until 21 March 2019

Joining INRA means working alongside 10,000 staff to contribute to research on food, agriculture and the environment. Applications are open for jobs in a wide range of professional fields, ranging from research to management and the functioning of the institute and its facilities. INRA recruits at all levels of qualification, from vocational training certificate to PhD. Positions are available throughout France. Applications were open from 19 February to 21 March 2019. You can no longer apply.

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.

13th INRA Awards ceremony © Arnaud Veldemann
Report - 2018 INRA Awards

The 13th annual INRA Awards ceremony took place in Paris’ elegant Edouard VII theatre in the company of Didier Guillaume, Minister of Agriculture and Food, and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. After kicking off the evening with Philippe Mauguin, President and Director General of INRA, they were joined by Axel Kahn, President of the joint INRA-Cirad-Ifremer Ethics Committee, and two Deputy Directors General of the Institute, Christine Cherbut and Fabrice Marty, to distribute trophies to the six winners and one scientific team. The awards pay homage to the recipients’ commitment and results in different fields of agricultural research.

   1 - A toxin heroine
   2 - With Isabelle, results spring up like mushrooms
   3 - Research in bloom
   4 - Abelhafid Bendahmane, audacity and leadership
   5 - The Ebbs and Flows of Economics
   6 - Christophe Gouel: Price Dynamics
   7 - In pursuit of prions
   8 - Pursuing the prion
   9 - Dominique Ripoche: a model of generosity
   10 - Dominique Ripoche: breathing life into computer code
   11 - INRA’s HR watchdog
   12 - Jean-Michel Gigleux, the man of the moment
   13 - Christine Charlot ready for service!
   14 - Growing things together
Scott McCairns, researcher at the Ecology and Ecosystem Health Unit, INRA Bretagne-Normandie © Marc Collinet, Inra
An environmental explorer

When he discusses his career studying the ecological evolution of aquatic ecosystems, Scott McCairns, researcher at INRA Bretagne-Normandie, affirms that both luck, and timing, have been on his side. His recipe for success shines through his contagious enthusiasm: a curious scientific mind and a continual drive to expand his field of research.

A. Regnier, sociologue au sein de l'UR Alimentation et sciences sociales, centre Inra Île-de-France - Versailles-Grignon. © Quentin Crestinu
Faustine Régnier, for a sociological view of food studies

Food, body perception and norms

Olivier Berteau. © INRA
Tracking enzymes in the human intestinal tract

A researcher at the Institut Micalis (1) of the INRA Jouy-en-Josas Research Centre, Olivier Berteau is fascinated by the bacteria found in the digestive tract. His is an emerging field of research that is already marked by fierce international competition. In 2013, he received a grant from the European Research Council for a project at the interface between chemistry and biology, aiming at studying a family of emerging enzymes which catalyze chemically difficult reactions which are essential for living organisms.

Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, directrice de recherche Inra © Catherine Foucaud-Scheunemann
Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon, genomics are in quite a state…

An agronomist by training, Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon has for many years been combining work on plant genetics and genomics, and today she shares her time every day between the generation of knowledge and the management of research.

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.

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Plant and animal health, climate change, nutrition and human health: INRA strengthens cooperation with its Chinese partners 

From 25 to 30 September, Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, visited Shanghai and Beijing with Carole Caranta, Head of the Plant Biology and Breeding Division, Muriel Vayssier, Head of the Animal Health Division, and Ségolène Halley des Fontaines, Head of International Affairs. During this trip, the delegation signed several agreements and the contracts formalizing two new International Associated Laboratories, strengthening the Institute’s ties with its Chinese partners across a wide range of areas.

Stand Inra au Salon de l'Agriculture 2019
23 Feb - 03 Mar 2019
INRA at the 2019 Paris International Agricultural Show

At the 56th Paris International Agricultural Show (SIA), INRA will be placing "The secret life of plants and animals” in the spotlight and will present the forms of communication and interactions which exist among plants, animals and microorganisms. Its stand will also feature a recruitment hub, where the institute’s research areas and employment opportunities will be presented.

18-22 Jun 2018
2018 One Health Summer School
Nantes (France)
23-28 Jun 2019
Methodological Approaches to System Experiments - International Summer School
Volterra (Italy)

Research News
Agronomy and Viticulture Experimentation Unit, INRA Research Centre of Colmar. Grape harvest.. © INRA, MAITRE Christophe
Resistant grape varieties rising to the challenge

What are resistant grape varieties? In what context can these sustainable varieties meet environmental and economic challenges? The 1st issue in the Science & Policy series provides key elements to better understand the subject from a scientific and regulatory point of view.

Science & Policy n°2: Improving the welfare of farm animals. © INRA
Improving the welfare of farm animals

This 2nd issue in the Science & Policy series reviews INRA’s commitment to developing animal husbandry systems reconciling society's concerns, farmers' practices and the quality of life of animals.

Innovation in action at INRA. © INRA
Innovation in action at INRA

Agricultural, food, environmental and energy-related transitions are necessary to enable our societies to live better and sustainably. INRA is a targeted research organisation unique in the world due to the diversity of its research topics and has numerous assets for proposing disruptive innovations and accompanying transitions.

Alba white truffle. © INRA, MURAT-FURMINIEUX Claude
Truffle genomes unlock secret of how its aromas are made

An international consortium coordinated by INRA and including the Joint Genome Institute (JGI), the CEA-Genoscope, the University of Turin, Université de Lorraine and the CNRS has sequenced the genomes of several prized species of truffle, including the Alba white truffle, the summer or Burgundy truffle and the desert truffle. This breakthrough provides new insight: not only into the ecologically important role of tree/fungi symbiosis, but most importantly into the mechanisms involved in truffle growth and the creation of their famous odours. The consortium’s findings appear in the 12 November 2018 edition of Nature Ecology and Evolution.

Infant eating cheese
A diet rich in cheese in early childhood may protect against allergies

A study conducted by the University Hospital of Besançon and INRA shows the protective effect of high cheese consumption from a very young age. For the first time, a link has been established between cheese consumption and the probability of developing food or skin allergic diseases, regardless of the consumption of various other foods (vegetables or fruits, cereals, bread, meat, cake and yogurt) and living conditions in a farm environment (presence and diversity of farm animals). These results have been published in the journal Allergy.

Aromatic and microbiological signature of natural grasslands

Multiple studies carried out at INRA Auvergne Rhône-Alpes have demonstrated that there is such a thing as a “grazing effect” on the sensory properties and quality of milk, cheese, butter and meat. Due to progress in microbiological analysis tools, research now explores the impact of grassland plant diversity on the animal’s microbiota. As it turns out, the link to its area of origin is important for cheese as well!

Nextbiotix raises €7m in a Series A round to tackle inflammatory bowel diseases

INRA signs the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

Brain nutrition front and center at the Food4BrainHealth international scientific network

Launch of an industrial biotechnology infrastructure strategy: European recognition for the IBISBA project

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