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Université Paris-Saclay and INRAE reaffirm their partnership

University Article published on 10 March 2023 , Updated on 10 March 2023

On Thursday 9 March 2023, Université Paris-Saclay and the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) signed a framework agreement, strengthening their partnership as part of a shared drive to continue leading scientific progress in three key areas: Life, Agricultural & Food Sciences; Mathematics, Engineering & Information Sciences, and Humanities and Social Sciences.

On Thursday 9 March 2023, Estelle Iacona, President of Université Paris-Saclay, and Philippe Mauguin, Chairman and CEO of INRAE, signed a framework partnership agreement aimed at strengthening the links which have united the two institutions for over ten years. The signing was also attended by Alexandre Pery, Head of Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer at AgroParisTech1.

The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) has shared close ties with the Université Paris-Saclay project since 2015, and was involved in the university’s official creation in January 2020. Today, INRAE plays a key role in the university’s governance and various entities. It is the partner of eight of the university’s Graduate Schools, including the Graduate School, Biosphera, which is coordinated by AgroParisTech.

Université Paris-Saclay and INRAE share staff and key collaborations in microbiology and plant sciences – fields of strong interest to the international community and which boast exceptional facilities in microbial metagenomics and plant testing. The majority of staff at Université Paris-Saclay working in animal, agri-environmental and food sciences, are staff from INRAE and AgroParisTech. The development of mathematics and their applications, humanities and social sciences, and their crucial contribution to how we tackle major challenges today are at the heart of the two institutions’ scientific strategies.

The agreement aims to strengthen the two partners’ shared scientific strategy and their actions in education, research and innovation. It is based on a policy which aims to support education by intensifying actions encouraging the involvement of researchers in university programmes. The university will introduce a “research professor” status for researchers who would like to play an active role in teaching and research-based education. Université Paris-Saclay and INRAE also commit themselves to encouraging the deployment of new initiatives for the funding of PhD contracts. INRAE will contribute to the implementation of shared special PhD programmes and via its staff, it will play a key role in the operations led by the university’s doctoral schools with which it is associated. The two institutions will also strive to implement shared actions encouraging the hosting of researchers and mobility initiatives.

Via this partnership agreement, Université Paris-Saclay and INRAE commit to joining forces in order to tackle the major challenges facing our societies today, in: health and well-being, agriculture, food and biodiversity, energy, the climate, environment and sustainable development, open science, digital transformation, industrial renewal and the development and sharing of knowledge.

1 AgroParisTech is a constituent grande école of Université Paris-Saclay.

Alexandre Pery, Directeur de la Recherche, de l'Innovation et du Transfert Technologique d’AgroParisTech, Philippe Mauguin, Président-directeur général d’INRAE et Estelle Iacona, Présidente de l’Université Paris-Saclay

Estelle Iacona, Présidente de l'Université Paris-Saclay

Philippe Mauguin, Président-directeur général d’INRAE

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