2021 INRAE Awards

Scientific excellence, relevance to society, capacity for innovation, collective intelligence are based on the wealth of talents and backgrounds at INRAE. On the occasion of the second INRAE Awards ceremony, five remarkable careers and two teams will be distinguished for the impact of their research for society.

2021 Award winners

Esther Dzalé – Research Support Award
When she was little, she dreamed of saving the world. Today, she is proud to be part of an organisation whose work is making the world a better place. For her, making research data accessible and reusable allows science to advance faster, further and equitably for everyone.

opening science for a better world

Laurent Philippot - Scientific Breakthrough Award
When asked why he chose to become a researcher, he mentions “curiosity”, “a thirst for knowledge” and wanting to “share new knowledge”. He is specialised in functional microbial ecology in order to manage agricultural inputs. 

pushing boundaries through excellence

Jeanne-Marie Membré - Innovation Award
Passionate about scientific modelling, she has developed many approaches and tools to quantitatively evaluate the risks and benefits of food, in the service of consumer health.

Making strides in innovation

Hervé Vaucheret - Lifetime Achievement Award
A pioneer in the field of plant epigenetics, he owes his international recognition to his exceptional perseverance and passion for understanding unexplained results.

Explore the unexpected

InfoSol - Science with an Impact Award
Thanks to InfoSol, a whole new world has opened up beneath our feet. Whether we need information on soil types, the state of French soils back in 2000, the possible presence of lead or other pollutants, or the myriad living organisms that populate our soils, these data are now available, sampled, recorded and mapped through space and time by InfoSol.

Soil: a world revealed

Animal welfare team - Science with an Impact Award
Ethologists, physiologists, neurobiologists, and geneticists whose focus is animal welfare and the treatment of animal welfare within farming systems. Via practices rooted in a better understanding of animal biology, agricultural professionals can find greater satisfaction in their work and bring their approaches up to speed with societal expectations.

Animal welfare: a driving concern

Lucie Marandel - Promising Researcher Award
How does the diet of trout affect their metabolism? That is what she is trying to understand via nutrient-induced epigenetic regulation. Fish are a poorly known model, so the field is wide open for exploring lots of different things.

An adept of basic research


Watch the ceremony held on 29 November


A few photos of their research

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A look back


International jury

  • Sophien Kamoun – Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory  (United Kingdom)
  • Edda Klipp - Head of the Theoretical Biophysics group at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany)
  • Philippe Gillet  - Honorary Vice-President for academic affairs at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) (Switzerland) 
  • Agnes van den Pol Dasselaar - Professor at Aeres University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands) 
  • John Porter - Professor at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) 
  • Alan Matthews  - Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) 
  • Annick Mercenier - Chief Innovation Officer at Nutrileads in Zurich (Switzerland)