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N° 43
  17 December 2015  
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  Winners of the 2015 INRA Awards: dedicated researchers for society 

“With the start of celebrations of the 70th anniversary of our Institute, the 10th edition of the INRA Awards is resolutely forward-looking: this year more than any other, the awards seek to recognise all talents, both at a scientific and personal level. That is why the very framework of the awards underwent a major make-over in 2015, with for the first time an award which honours the work of a group” François Houllier, President of INRA.

10th INRA Awards ceremony: discover the awardwinners. © INRA
10th INRA Awards ceremony: discover the awardwinners © INRA
> Discover the portraits and the films of the awardwinners

INRA is recruiting 32 scientists

As from 28 January 2016, INRA is recruiting 32 scientists to reinforce its research teams and to contribute to a useful, universal and responsible pursuit of scientific research.
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INRA is recruiting

Current offers and opportunities at INRA.

From 28 January to 1st March 2016, INRA is recruiting 32 scientists. © INRA
INRA is recruiting 32 scientists until 1st March 2016

In 2016, INRA is recruiting 32 junior research scientists to reinforce its teams. Applications were open from 28 January to 1st March 2016 and positions were open to all nationalities. You can no longer apply.

Staff working in a research © BEAUCARDET William
International mobility

Each year, INRA welcomes more than 1500 foreign researchers and students in its research units. Offers are put online regularly on the website Besides, the new website "PhD in France" gathers offers open to English-speaking foreign students.

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.

2015 INRA Awards. © INRA, Arnaud Veldeman
Report - 2015 INRA Awards

Thierry Mandon, French Minister of State for Higher Education and Research, and François Houllier, President of INRA opened the INRA Awards ceremony hosted by David Lowe and Agathe Lecaron at the Grand Palais in Paris.  Along with Frédéric Dardel, President of INRA's Scientific Advisory Board and of the international INRA Awards jury, Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs at INRA, and Claude Ronceray, Deputy Director General for Research Support Services at INRA, they presented the awards to the six winners for their commitment and results in various areas of agricultural research.

   1 - Tuned into health
   2 - Sylvie Courvalin, an every-day heroine
   3 - Master and Spectrometer
   4 - Laurent Debrauwer, inventing tomorrow
   5 - Rapeseed: the power of partnerships
   6 - Rapeseed Research Group: scientists with an impact
   7 - Tackling drought, root and branch
   8 - Sylvain Delzon, a leader through and through
   9 - Masterminds
   10 - Sophie Layé, food for thought
   11 - The shape of things to come
   12 - Jan Traas, plant model virtuoso
On the left, Nathalie Gontard, cooordinator of the EcoBioCAP project at INRA Montpellier and on the right Françoise Lescourret, coordinator of the Pure project at INRA-PACA, winners of the 2015 Etoiles de l'Europe trophy. © INRA
Nathalie Gontard and Françoise Lescourret – Researching with the Stars

Nathalie Gontard, coordinator of the EcoBioCAP project at INRA-Montpellier, and Françoise Lescourret, coordinator of the Pure project at INRA-PACA are this year’s winners of the Etoiles de l’Europe trophy in the Environment/Climate Change category. In its third year, the Etoiles de l’Europe awards recognize researchers with a demonstrated commitment to Europe.

Maria Razzauti, post-doctoral researcher at the CBGP - Centre for Biology and Management of Populations (INRA, Cirad, IRD & Montpellier SupAgro), awarded L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship For Women in Science in 2015 © Stéphane Cardinale
L’Oréal-UNESCO fellowship awarded to woman scientist at INRA Montpellier

Maria Razzauti, a post-doctoral researcher at INRA Montpellier, received a French national L'Oréal-UNESCO fellowship of 20,000 euros within the framework of the For Women in Science programme. The prestigious award will allow her to pursue research on infectious diseases transmitted to humans by undomesticated animals.

INRA researcher in nutrition receives award from Spanish peers

Bernard Vaissière: ambassador for bees and pollination in China

18-22 Jan 2016
Researcher school. Landscape and plant health: analysing, understanding and modelling the environmental processes involved
Rennes (France)
27 Feb - 06 Mar 2016
INRA at the Salon International de l'Agriculture in Paris

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3rd Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, March 2015. © INRA, MAITRE  Christophe
Climate change: COP21, research to find solutions

From 30 November to 11 December 2015, France will be hosting and chairing the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties under the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP21.  This event should lead to adoption of the first legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Le programme de recherche « 4 pour 1 000 » a pour objectif de réconcilier sécurité alimentaire et changement climatique. Certaines pratiques agricoles peuvent contribuer à lutter contre le changement du climat en stockant le carbone dans les sols. Et cela tout en augmentant la fertilité des sols, le carbone des sols étant un fertilisant organique. Selon Jean-François Soussana, directeur de recherche Environnement à l'Inra « Une augmentation relative de 4 pour 1 000 par an des stocks de matière organique des sols suffirait à compenser l'ensemble des émissions de gaz à effet de serre de la planète. »
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Soils for food security and the climate

The "4 parts per 1000" initiative proposes to increase organic matter contents and encourage carbon sequestration in soils, through the application of appropriate farming and forestry practices.

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – avermectin (generic name). © INRA, Sergey Bykov -Fotolia
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 honours antiparasitic drugs as INRA continues working on their long-term use in animals

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 honours an approach to developing antiparasitic drugs based on natural substances found in bacteria and plants in the 1970s. As part of its public service mission, INRA has made significant contributions over the past thirty years alongside its research partners and the pharmaceutical industry to guide the responsible use of these medicines.

The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa was found on the ornamental shrub Polygala myrtifolia in Corsica in 2015. © Wikimedia commons, Yellow cat & A Barra
INRA mobilizes research efforts against Xylella fastidiosa

This summer, the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa was found in Corsica. There is great concern about the damage it could cause to the island’s shrubs and trees. INRA researchers are taking part in control efforts.

North Africa and the Middle East through to the year 2050: towards a greater dependence on agricultural imports

Impact of antidiabetic treatments must be taken into account in studying the gut microbiota Scientists at INRA
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