Ethics Committee

The Joint INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Ethics Advisory Committee addresses the ethical questions that arise during the course of research in France and abroad in the areas of food, agriculture, marine resources, the environment, and sustainable development. It is notably concerned by research focused on relationships between science and society.

Axel Kahn has been reappointed President of the Joint INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Ethics Advisory Committee. As he launches his new four-year term, he spoke with AEF info about the committee’s recent work and his vision for the future.  In the next few years, Axel Kahn would like to see the Ethics Committee make three key changes. First, he feels the committee’s work should not just be guided by the heads of INRAE, CIRAD, IFREMER, and IRD. It must also pay “more attention to the ethical questions raised by research staff”. To this end, a dedicated online portal should be created so that personnel can submit questions to the committee. Second, he would like the four institutes to take greater advantage of the committee’s expertise and published opinions in their exchanges with society and everyday citizens. Third, Axel Kahn wants the committee to become “more deeply involved in the ethical and scientific reflection that is taking place across the world”, which means that the committee’s opinions should be published in both French and English.

INRAE Chair and CEO Philippe Mauguin emphasizes this point: “Ethics are crucial to the success of ecological transitions”. He continues, “To identify pathways that will help us use the Earth’s resources more sustainably, we must consider ethical concerns among populations and across generations, which is extremely complicated. Research institutes can thus serve as excellent settings for exploring the forms that such transitions should take.”

Members of the INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Ethics Committee

  • Axel Kahn, President of the Ethics Committee. Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Science, Research Director at Inserm. Currently President of the Ligue nationale contre le cancer
  • Michel Badré, Vice President of the Ethics Committee. Member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council. Graduate engineer of Ecole Polytechnique - Ecole nationale du Génie rural, des Eaux et des Forêts. Member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council, in the group of environmental associations
  • Madeleine Akrich, research director at MINES ParisTech (Center for the Sociology of Innovation - CSI), graduate engineer of MINES ParisTech and Doctor of Socioeconomics of Innovation
  • Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Professor emeritus at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Doctor of Arts and Humanities
  • Céline Boudet, Ineris, scientific coordinator, risk assessment specialist in health and environment (epidemiology, toxicology, biostatistics)
  • Catherine Boyen, CNRS research director, PhD in Plant Biology. Director of the Roscoff Marine Station, research and training centre in marine biology and ecology. Sorbonne University-CNRS (marine biology, algae, genomics, evolution, microbiomes, marine biodiversity, and marine biotechnology)
  • Jean-Louis Bresson, Nutritionist-Physician, University Professor, founder of the centre for clinical investigation Necker-Cochin
  • Mireille Dosso, Director of the Pasteur Institute of the Ivory Coast, Professor of Microbiology
  • Françoise Gaill, Director of research at French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), executive officer at the CNRS, former head of the French Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE). Biologist, specialist in deep-water oceanic ecosystems
  • Stéphanie Lacour, Director of research at French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Doctor of Private Law. Associate Director of the Standards, Sciences & Techniques Research Group of the CNRS
  • Louis-Etienne Pigeon, Philosopher specializing in environmental ethics, Doctor of Philosophy from Laval University (Quebec, Canada), Assistant Professor at Laval University
  • Marie-Geneviève Pinsart, Philosopher, Professor in Applied Ethics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Member of the Ethics Advisory Committee for research in partnership (CCERP) of the IRD
  • Pere Puigdomènech, Research Professor at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) at the Molecular Biology Institute of Barcelona, Doctor in Biological Sciences
  • Michel Sauquet, graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Doctor in Applied Economics. Teacher specialized in intercultural issues

  • Hervé Théry, Geographer, Associate Professor at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Research Director emeritus at the CNRS


Secretariat of the INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Ethics Committee

The secretariat of the committee is provided jointly by the 4 organisations, the administrative support is provided by INRAE.

INRAE: Christine Charlot, Secretary General, with the support of Nathalie Hermet
CIRAD: Philippe Feldmann, Marie de Lattre-Gasquet

IFREMER: Philippe Goulletquer & Marianne Alunno-Bruscia
IRD: Chloé Desmots

The IRD joined the Joint INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER Ethics Committee in 2020. The Committee has been meeting since 2016 and has formulated 3 opinions, pursuing the work of the INRA-CIRAD Ethics Committee which had published 9 opinions.