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International scientific collaboration: an agreement between Science New Zealand – federating eight research institutes - and INRAE

PRESS RELEASE - On 30 June 2020, John Morgan, president of Science New Zealand and Philippe Mauguin, Chair and CEO of INRAE signed a 6-year agreement to enhance joint projects, scientific exchange and talent development. The agreement sets out to meet the growing need for international scientific cooperation in a world confronted with global challenges such as climate change.

Published on 02 July 2020

illustration International scientific collaboration: an agreement between Science New Zealand – federating eight research institutes - and INRAE

The agreement encourages scientific exchanges between French and New Zealand research organisations and universities to train PhD and postdoc students as well as researchers and share scientific knowledge.

The scientific partnership focuses on subjects of mutual interest, such as crop pollination, sheep breeding, the warming of lake bodies, global climate change, genome mapping in trees, mapping nitrogen and carbon stocks in soils.

The institutes which make up Science New Zealand, like INRAE, conduct research in the fields of the environment, agriculture and food, as well as the bioeconomy. The agreement encourages collaborative projects in areas of mutual interest and exchange programmes for researchers and students. The carbon neutrality of projects will be a priority and in view of Covid-19-related travel restrictions, online scientific collaborative tools and e-research will be developed.

The agreement will also encourage research on how to better adapt to future risks, particularly those related to climate change. The two organisations will encourage substantial research cooperation in the domains of: 

  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Healthy and sustainable diets including the quality of food products
  • Carbon neutral & climate resilient agri-food, forestry and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable soil, landscape and water resources
  • Circular bioeconomy
  • Indigenous people’s aspirations for land development and sustainability

Ségolène Halley-Des-Fontaines (Director of International Relations at INRAE) and Philippe Mauguin (Chair and CEO of INRAE). © INRAE - Christophe MAITRE

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Climate change and risks

Two publications present the results of FACCE-JPI

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) has published its new brochure and a flyer on soil management in the context of climate change mitigation. The brochure presents the achievements and future actions of FACCE-JPI and includes several key interviews. The flyer highlights some of the research projects that are part of the 'FACCE-JPI Multi-Partner Call on Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research'. Both documents were presented at the International Conference on Agricultural GHG Emissions and Food Security organised by GRA and FACCE-JPI in Berlin (10-13 September 2018).

12 December 2019