2020 was a red-letter year for INRAE for two reasons: it was the first year after the merger between INRA and Irstea on 1 January, and, our community, like the rest of the world, had to grapple with COVID 19. INRAE rallied its forces against the health crisis, contributing to national and international research on the pandemic. This did not stop the Institute from moving forward with the roll-out of its merger. Indeed, 2020 brought the opportunity for INRAE to bring its ambitions for a new Institute to fruition, through multiple exchanges, internally as well as with partners, in the form of the INRAE2030 strategic plan.
Now more than ever, people and partners – citizens, scientists, industrial players, farmers, students, teachers, associations – are at the heart of our ambition and strategy in France and around the world. The Institute depends on these exchanges to rise to challenges at the interface of food, agriculture, and the environment, and to push the boundaries of science in order to find and share solutions that work.
We look forward to presenting the details of INRAE2030 at a press conference on 25 January.
To each and every one of you, best wishes for 2021.