Topping the list of notable events was the creation of INRAE, which now has a 12,000-strong team of researchers, engineers, technicians and administrative staff all working together to solve the world’s biggest issues. These include feeding global populations while sustainably managing vital natural resources, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and more generally supporting actors at all levels as they strive to implement urgently needed agricultural and food transitions. This annual report pays tribute to our new team by looking back at the threefold challenge it faced in 2020: preparing our roadmap – the INRAE2030 strategic plan – while continuing to conduct world-class research to achieve important scientific advances, and adapting to a difficult and ever-evolving public health situation.
Taking stock of this past year is also an opportunity to highlight the complementary nature of our activities, through our high-impact publications in various fields, efforts to expand international cooperation, public policy support actions, and partnerships with higher education, socio-economic players and citizens.
The COVID-19 pandemic, unprecedented in its scope and implications, naturally occupies an important place in this panorama. We look back at the substantial resources deployed to deal with this crisis, as an employer, as a world-renowned research institute in infectious diseases, and as a public organisation that supports health institutions.