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Jean-François Soussana

Scientific director, INRA and Member of Groupe II, GIEC

BACKGROUND / Academic and professional background

Co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2007 (as the Lead Author, AR4, IPCC)
Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole (2009)
Gold Medal of the Académie d’Agriculture (2011)
Co-recipient of Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award (2013) from the World Meteorological Organization
President of the Scientific Committee of the Joint ‘Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change’ (FACCE JPI, 21 european countries).
Member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Working Group II, 1998-2014)
President of the carbon and nitrogen cycling group of the Global Research Alliance Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (42 countries)
Member of the Scientific Committee of the international programme ‘AgMIP’ (Agricultural Models Intercomparison and Improvement)
Coordinator of the european research project: ‘AnimalChange’ on livestock farming and Climate Change (15 countries)
Doctor of the ‘Université Montpellier II’; Agricultural Agronome

ACHIEVEMENT/ What is your project, initiative, start-up, company all about?

I lead, assess and set a section of the national, european and international research on the interactions between climate change, agriculture and food security. I also contribute to develop the interactions between scientific ecology and the agronomical research in order to facilitate the transitions towards agroecology.

LOCATION/ In which city, country, part of the world do you conduct your activities?

Based in Paris, at the INRA head office, I am led to frequently travel in Europe and throughout the world.

IMPACT/ What is the positive economic, social, political, environmental…of the activity, project, initiative, start-up, company?

I am trying to find and convey solutions faced with undoes created by the climatic change and the impacts of the agriculture on environment and biodiversity.

QUOTE/ A saying, quote or reference phrase that tells something about you

‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it’.

Steve Jobs