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N° 48
  15 December 2016  
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  The 2016 INRA Awards, essentially a collective adventure 

“Research is founded on a mosaic of talents. More than ten years ago now, INRA honoured its first five awardwinners, putting in the spotlight remarkable profiles which, with their 10,000 colleagues – technicians, engineers and researchers -  work to advance knowledge. INRA is celebrating its 70 years this year, and at the same time it is mapping out the future of agricultural research with its new orientations. Creative and committed research, in the image of the recipients we are honouring this year and who illustrate the diversity of our teams.” Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA, from the programme of the 2016 INRA Awards ceremony.

In introducing the ceremony, Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister of Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry declared “INRA is an asset for France and for research”. Thierry Mandon, French Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, stressed the dual importance of producing fundamental knowledge and creating innovation: “If France remains a great nation, it owes it to the quality of its research. I thank all the men and women who work in science, their critical thinking and their passion for team work.”

Winners of the 2016 INRA Awards. © INRA, Christophe Maître
Winners of the 2016 INRA Awards © INRA, Christophe Maître
> Discover the portraits and the films of the awardwinners

  

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As from 26 January 2017, INRA is recruiting more than 30  research scientists to reinforce its teams in laboratory and field activities
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INRA is recruiting 32 scientists. © INRA
INRA is recruiting 32 scientists until 3rd March 2017

In 2017, INRA is recruiting 32 research scientists to reinforce its teams. Positions are open to all nationalities. Applications were open from 26 January to 1st March (for online applications) or 3 March 2017 (for paper applications). You can no longer apply.

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 is open until 8 February 2018.


International mobility
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.

Winners of the 2016 INRA Awards.. © INRA, Christophe Maître
Report - 2016 INRA Awards

Stéphane Le Foll, French Minister for Agriculture, Agrifood and Forestry, Thierry Mandon, French Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, and Philippe Mauguin, President of INRA opened the INRA Awards ceremony hosted by Mathieu Vidard at the Gaîté lyrique in Paris. They then presented the awards (Paul Indelicato, deputy chief of staff in charge of research representing at this point Thierry Mandon) along with Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs at INRA, Claude Ronceray, Deputy Director General for Research Support Services at INRA, and Axel Kahn, President of the INRA-CIRAD-IFREMER Ethics Committee, to the six winners for their commitment and results in various areas of agricultural research.

Contents
   1 - Administrator Extraordinaire!
   2 - Marie-Ange Mennella: a life for others
   3 - Reeling in Innovation
   4 - Patrick Pastuszka, a forest full of ideas
   5 - Taking the bull by the horns
   6 - Genomic revolution
   7 - Ana in the land of the little
   8 - Ana Villares, breaking new ground in research
   9 - Delving into the heart of cell division
   10 - Raphaël Mercier—unraveling the mysteries of plant genetics
   11 - A man of reference
   12 - Daniel Tomé, driving progress in nutrition
Harry Sokol, Jouy-en-Josas, October 2016. © INRA, NICOLAS Bertrand
Harry Sokol, investigator of the role of microbiota in immunity, from patient to cell

Harry Sokol is a gastroenterologist who specialises in inflammatory bowel disease. He has always been passionate about science, and conducts research on the role of the microbiota in immunity. His work has been recognised by the European Research Council, who awarded him a Starting Grant in 2016.

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TeRiFiQ project awarded 2016 Étoiles de l’Europe trophy

On 5 December 2016, the jury of the 2016 Étoiles de l'Europe (stars of Europe) trophies awarded one of its twelve Stars to the TeRiFiQ European project coordinated by INRA (CSGA) at the Quai Branly museum in Paris.

Nicolas Urruty, a doctoral candidate working at INRA Paris. © INRA
The secrets of a future actor

A doctoral candidate in agronomy working with INRA in Paris, Nicolas Urruty is studying wheat production systems in order to identify the most robust in dealing with climatic and biotic changes. From being a research engineer to becoming a future leader, what drives him is the quest for a successful outcome: “producing more and better with less.”


Agenda
25 Feb - 05 Mar 2017
INRA at the 2017 International Agricultural Show
Paris


Research News
Élevage. © INRA, DELABY Luc
Roles, impacts and services provided by European livestock production

At the request of the Ministries for Ecology and Agriculture, and in cooperation with the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), INRA has compiled a collective scientific expert report on European livestock systems and their products. Their roles, economic, social and environmental impacts, and the market and non-market services they render to society, were analysed by means of a major synthesis of data from the international bibliography. The findings, which also suggest action levers in different livestock systems, were presented and discussed during a symposium on 30 November in Paris.

Sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus). © INRA, CHAUBET Bernard
Tick-fighting tactics

Ticks vector major diseases in animals, including humans. They represent an ever greater threat. This report highlights key discoveries by INRA researchers related to these tiny invertebrates that have a disproportionately large influence on disease transmission.

Organic dairy herd. © INRA, J. Duval
Goals of the Paris Agreement on climate unachievable without reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture

For the first time, scientists have calculated the reduction in emissions required in agriculture to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 2°C by 2100. CGIAR1 experts at the University of Vermont (United States) and partner institutions, including INRA, show that the world’s farming industries must reduce CO2 emissions by one gigaton per year between now and 2030. Between 21% and 40% of this goal could be achieved by using currently available methods to reduce methane and nitrous oxide emissions. Increasing the amount of organic matter in soils (carbon storage) is therefore essential.  This goal is reflected in the "4 per 1000 initiative: Soils for Food Security and Climate”, launched at the COP 21 and governance of which will be adopted at the COP 22 in Marrakech (Morocco). The findings of this study appear in Global Change Biology.

Press conference on 14 October 2016: a global strategy through to 2025. © INRA
Agricultural performance, food security, bioeconomy & innovation: INRA's global strategy for the next ten years

Stabilise global warming, reduce food insecurity, ensure energy transitions, construct agricultural systems for the future, prepare Open Science and Big Data… agricultural research will be confronted throughout the 21st century with unprecedented challenges. Philippe Mauguin, the President of INRA, has presented the Institute's global strategy for the next ten years, focused on permitting our societies to live better and more sustainably.


Wine and cheese: an INRA tool measures the effects of pairing them

Bornavirus: an equine virus implicated in brain diseases in humans?

Nutritional prevention a possible method to limit risk of cancers linked to iron in meat products

Four ERA-NET calls for projects

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