• Reduce text

    Reduce text
  • Restore text size

    Restore text size
  • Increase the text

    Increase the text
  • Print

IWIM 2018

Excellence in interdisciplinary research: INRA undertakes an initial assessment of its innovative programmes

In 2010, INRA developed a new programming tool: the creation of interdisciplinary, cross-cutting programmes to address complex challenges affecting the planet in a context of climate change, such as ensuring world food security and developing sustainable and effective agro-ecosystem services. On 1 and 2 February 20181, INRA undertook an initial assessment of these metaprogrammes, which have produced significant scientific results.

Updated on 02/02/2018
Published on 02/02/2018

Eight medium- and long-term metaprogrammes have been gradually implemented since 2010 on themes which are strategic to INRA policy:
-    Adapting agriculture and forests to climate change (ACCAF)
-    Meta-omics and microbial ecosystems (MEM)
-    Sustainable management of crop health (SMaCH)
-    Integrated management of animal health (GISA)
-    Diet impacts and determinants (DID’IT)
-    Study of transitions for global food security (GloFoodS)
-    Agro-ecosystem services (EcoServ)
-    Genomic selection (SelGen)

 In 2017, INRA began integrating its Organic Food and Farming (OF&F) research programme into the metaprogramme stream with the goal of creating a new metaprogramme.
Over 300 projects have been developed by INRA in the framework of these metaprogrammes, mobilising a wide range of fields for interdisciplinary research based on the excellence of each field. Over 900 scientists have taken part.

In the downloadable document below, you’ll find a description of the metaprogramme, along with examples of projects and key results for each one:
INRA Métaprogrammes : an interdisciplinary scientific programming tool

 A review and revision process in 2018, an international assessment

After several years in operation, INRA launched a review and revision process of the approach in order to implement any necessary changes. The IWIM1 seminar provided an opportunity to present the metaprogramme review and consider possible changes in various areas, such as internationalisation, innovation, and the participatory nature of the programmes. This international event was also a forum in which to compare INRA metaprogrammes with initiatives in other countries (e.g. China, Canada, Netherlands) and discuss new research imperatives for the global challenges facing agriculture, the environment and nutrition.

An international scientific assessment committee, led by Mark Howden from the Australian National University, presented its findings and saluted the success of the initiative. International experts recommend a global analysis of the metaprogrammes to further enable joint research between them. A second focus area is the enhancement of participatory research, which will step up the transition from research to the practices of professionals. Lastly, the committee underscored the increased interaction between various disciplines enabled by the initiative, within and outside INRA, which generated significant scientific progress.

In upcoming months, an internal review process will be carried out to establish new metaprogramme policies for 2019.


1The International Workshop on INRA’s Metaprogrammes (IWIM) seminar was held 1 and 2 February 2018 in Versailles, France.

Press Relations:
INRA News Office (33 (0)1 42 75 91 86)