INRA and Irstea to become a single research institute in 2020

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Two French EFIPLANT members, INRA and Irstea, are merging to form a new forest wood research institute, with more than 9500 scientists and technicians. It will be known as 'Inrae' and its main areas of work will be forests, bioeconomy and biodiversity.

By bringing together the range of existing complementary disciplines and skills in INRA and Irstea, the new institute will set out to become a future, global public research leader in the fields of agriculture, food and the environment on 1 January 2020. 

Research will be carried out within seven new Divisions made up of Irstea-INRA research units in the following fields:

  • The agroecological and digital transition of agriculture
  • Aquatic environments and the control of associated risks
  • The management of sparsely populated continental ecosystems
  • Economic and social evolution in agriculture, food and the agrifood industries
  • Data sciences and artificial intelligence, robotic technologies and sensors
  • Support for territorial transitions and management
  • The bioeconomy and bioresources

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