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Philippe Mauguin, INRA's new President

Appointed by the Council of Ministers on 19 July, Philippe Mauguin is the new President of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research - INRA - with effect from 27 July 2016. He succeeds François Houllier in this post.

Updated on 10/20/2016
Published on 07/21/2016

. © Min.agri.fr, Xavier Remongin
© Min.agri.fr, Xavier Remongin
During hearings in front of the Economic Affairs Commissions of the National Assembly and Senate, Philippe Mauguin, who is an engineer in the Corps of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests, placed particular emphasis on his five priorities for INRA for the years to come, in light of the global challenges and questions faced by research:  
- human resource management, the "life force of the Institute": to ensure essential cohesion in the community and maintain the attractiveness of INRA,
- scientific strategy: to drive efforts in areas such as agroecology, the digital sciences, the economic and social sciences, the environment and livestock sectors,
- innovation: to develop research programmes constructed jointly with actors in the field, and encourage the initiation of living labs,
- policies on cooperation with higher education: to clarify and intensify INRA's role in communities of universities and institutions (COMUE),
- and international strategy: to develop a global network inspired by International Associated Laboratories (LIA), and contribute to an action plan for European agriculture.

The new selection procedure for INRA's President

12 May 2016: call for candidacies for the post of INRA President
13 June 2016: closure of the submission of candidacies
1st July 2016: hearing of candidates by the Evaluation Commission
4 July 2016: Philippe Mauguin proposed for the post by the President of France
13 July 2016: hearings in front of the Economic Affairs Commissions of the Senate and National Assembly
19 July 2016: appointment approved by the Council of Ministers
21 July 2016: publication of the Decree appointing Philippe Mauguin as President of INRA (in French).

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career and experience

Born in 1963, Philippe Mauguin qualified as an engineer in the Corps of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests, specialising in the socio-economics of innovation (Ecole des Mines de Paris), and then became an auditor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in European Regional Development and Planning (IHEDATE).  From 1987 to 1989, he was a research scientist at the Centre for the Sociology of Innovation at the Ecole des Mines de Paris. From 1989 to 1992, he was responsible for agrifood affairs at the Ministry of Research, and then became adviser to the Minister in 1992 and 1993.  From 1993 to 1997, Philippe Mauguin was Director of Agriculture and Bioenergies at the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and director of the scientific group Agriculture for Chemistry and Energy, before becoming an adviser on agriculture, forestry and the food industry to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin (July 1997-January 2002). He then took up the post of Director of the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) from February 2002 to March 2006, before he was appointed Director of the Regional and Interdepartmental Agency for Food, Agriculture and Forestry (DRIAAF) for the Ile-de-France Region from April 2006 to May 2009, and then Director of Maritime Fisheries and Aquaculture at the Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries until May 2012. Since then, he has been Director of the Cabinet of Stéphane Le Foll, Minister for Agriculture, the Food Industry and Forestry.