With its 18 research centres, INRAE is present in all regions of France. INRAE has 14 scientific divisions, each structured around specific disciplines while encouraging interdisciplinarity. The institute works to produce knowledge, foster innovation, provide expertise, and inform public policies.

Our 18 research centres

Map of INRAE Centres

Centre President
French West Indies and French Guiana Harry Archimède
Burgundy-Franche-Comté Nathalie Munier Jolain
Brittany-Normandy Isabelle Dhe (interim)
Clermont - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Emmanuel Hugo
Lyon-Grenoble - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Pascal Boistard
Corsica André Torre
Grand Est-Colmar Serge Kauffmann
Grand Est-Nancy Christophe SCHWARTZ
Hauts-de-France Julien Fosse
Île-de-France - Jouy-en-Josas-Antony Nathalie Touze
Île-de-France - Versailles-Saclay Egizio Valceschini
Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Bordeaux Olivier Lavialle
Nouvelle-Aquitaine-Poitiers Abraham Escobar-Gutierrez
Occitanie-Montpellier Sylvain Labbé
Occitanie-Toulouse Pierre-Benoit Joly
Pays de la Loire Emmanuelle Chevassus Lozza
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’azur Frédéric Carlin
Val de Loire

Marc Guérin

The Institute's Head Office is in two locations.

Head Office Head administrator
Paris-Antony Karine Gueritat

Our 14 scientific divisions

Scientific division Division head
ACT: Sciences for Action and Transition
Transformations in agriculture, socio-ecological systems, and food systems from the perspectives of stakeholders and as manifest in their actions
Christophe Soulard
AGROECOSYSTEM: Agronomy and environmental sciences for agroecosystems
Creation and evaluation of agroecosystems; characterisation of agroecosystem functions and changes at different organisational scales
Philippe Hinsinger
ALIM-H: Human Nutrition and Food Safety
Relationships between food, health, the environment, and society; nutrition security and food toxicology
 Lionel Bretillon
AQUA: Aquatic Ecosystems, Water Resources and Risks
Functions of and changes in aquatic ecosystems, the water cycle, and biogeochemical cycles
Mohamed Naaim
BAP: Plant Biology and Breeding
Characterisation of the main functions of plants; management and exploitation of genetic diversity
Isabelle Litrico-Chiarelli
ECODIV: Ecology and Biodiversity
Structures, functions, and changes observed in continental ecosystems little affected by humans
Catherine Bastien
ECOSOCIO: Economics and Social Sciences for Agriculture, Food and Environment
Functions, economic changes, and social changes associated with agriculture, the agrifood industry, food consumption, and the environment
Pierre Dupraz
GA: Animal Genetics
Evolutionary dynamics and functions of animal genomes; genetic architecture of traits; management and exploitation of genetic variability
Edwige Quillet
MATHNUM: Mathematics and Digital Technologies
Mathematics, informatics, and artificial intelligence; data and digital sciences and technologies; modelling and complex systems
Hervé Monod
MICA: Microbiology and the Food Chain
Functioning, management, and exploitation of micro-organisms and microbial ecosystems (food, health, biotechnology)
Sylvie Dequin
PHASE: Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems
Creation of sustainable livestock systems that account for animal welfare; mechanisms behind the development of phenotypes, behaviours, and products
Françoise Médale
SA: Animal Health
Links between livestock health and human health: preventing, detecting, and fighting diseases caused by infectious agents and chemical agents
Muriel Vayssier-Taussat
SPE: Plant Health and Environment
Environmentally friendly plant - to landscape-level approaches to protecting crops and crop health
Marie-Hélène Ogliastro

TRANSFORM: Science for Food, Bioproducts and Waste Engineering
Processes for transforming organic matter into food and bio-based products; exploiting waste produced by human activities

Michael O’Donohue

Our structure

Organisation chart

Boards and Ethics committee

Scientific Advisory Board - Philippe Gillet

Board of Directors - Philippe Mauguin

Ethics Committee - Michel Badré

Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Philippe Mauguin, PDG

Philippe Mauguin, Chair and Chief Executive Officer




photo de Catherine Beaumont

Catherine Beaumont,
Head of Equality and Non-Discrimination

Nathalie Gandon,
Head of Data Protection 


Scientific directors


Directorate General for  Expertise & Support for Public Policies


Directorate General for Science & Innovation

Valérie Archambault portrait

Valérie Archambault,
Director for Partnerships and Innovation transfer

Frédéric Gaymard

Frédéric Gaymard,
Director of Evaluation 

portrait de Dominique Grevey

Dominique Grevey, Director of Academic partnerships, Regional and European Affairs

Stéphane Aymerich,
Head of Research Infrastructure

David Caffier,
Head of Biosafety

portrait de Jean-Baptiste Merilhou-Goudard

Jean-Baptiste Merilhou-GoudardHead of Science in Society

Directorate General for Resources

Armelle Carnet,
Director of Corporate Social Responsibility

Camille Michon,
Director of Human Resources

Marie-Claude Paulien,
Director of Coordination of Research Support Services

portrait de Jean-Baptiste Hervouet

Jean-Baptiste Hervouet,
Director of Finance and Procurement

Philippe Martin

Philippe Martin,
Head Accountant

Guillaume Pinget

Guillaume Pinget,
Director for Assets and Property

Pierre-Yves Saint portrait

Pierre-Yves Saint, Director of Support for Scientific Management and Administration


Cécile Janet,
Director of Legal Affairs


Mahmoud Nassr,
Director of Information Services (interim) 


Nicolas Bécard,
Head of Security and Defence