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International Workshop on INRA’s Metaprogrammes

International Workshop on INRA's Metaprogrammes

This website brings together and summarizes information from the International Workshop on INRA's Metaprogrammes, held on September 13-14, 2011, at INRA's Research Centre in Jouy-en-Josas


The foreword of Guy RIBA, Vice President of INRA

Guy Riba

In its Vision Paper for the decade (INRA 2010-2020), INRA (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) stated its research priorities in a context of global changes: climate change, increasing demand for agricultural products and food but also for green energy and green chemistry, dwindling resources (soil, water, biodiversity), worldwide health issues related to malnutrition, overweight and obesity. In order to address these global issues, INRA has decided to set up interdisciplinary, integrated and systemic research programs, called Metaprogrammes (MP).
Such Metaprogrammes cannot be conceived without strong and efficient international partnership. They are also a major frame for internationalization of INRA and its international cooperation policy. A dozen Metaprogrammes will be launched, up to 2014, some of them being already launched in 2011 while other will follow soon in 2012. About one third of the Institute’s consolidated resources will be mobilized for and by these Metaprogrammes. Therefore, the stakes at hand are of major importance for INRA.

This scientific forum aims to engage discussions with internationally recognized scientists and executives from research organizations around the world. Several objectives are at stake:

  • To carry out critical reviews of the first suggestions emanating from the MPs;
  • To find ways of evolving the scope and the organization of the MPs;
  • To confront INRA’s roadmap to similar programmes initiated by other institutions abroad;
  • To determine modalities of governance in order to establish institutional partnerships.

The workshop is organized in two complementary and concurrent sessions. The first session is dedicated to scientific experts on topics addressed by the Metaprogrammes. The discussion will be carried out in separate Working Groups within each MP (MP-WG). Reports of these MP-WG will be delivered the second day during a plenary session, by guest scientists and by INRA scientists.The second session is led by Executives from major agricultural research organizations in the world. It is divided in two parts (i) the first day, around a shared view on existing initiatives in terms of programming, priorities and on the most relevant mechanisms for international partnerships and joint programming; (ii) the second day, based on the report sessions of the MP-WG, a concrete discussion on possible modalities of cooperation and international co-programming will be held: the main topics and issues, the scientific objectives, the programming processes and concrete partnership modalities (joint research projects, observatories, data bases, shared capacities).

We express our warm gratitude to the highly qualified scientists and to the Executives who have kindly accepted to devote their precious time for this strategic discussion for INRA. We are confident that the International Workshop on INRA’s Metaprogrammes will be fruitful for all of us.

We wish that these discussions will pave the way for the necessary international collaborations in agricultural research and innovation –in particular between the major research organizations, and contribute to resolving some of the major challenges faced by humanity in this 21st century.