Updated 09/09/20


  • Chairperson and CEO, Valérie Verdier

    Valérie VerdierValérie Verdier is a physiopathologist and has a PhD in Plant Sciences from Université de Paris-Sud (1988), and is accredited to conduct research (HDR). She studies interactions between plant pathogenic bacteria and tropical plants, where understanding these interactions is crucial for food safety. Co-author of over 100 scientific publications, she has earned international recognition for her fundamental contributions to understanding the bacteria mechanisms that cause disease, particularly in cassava and rice, and the approaches to control them. Prior to this appointment, Valérie Verdier was Director of the Joint Research Unit on Plant-Microorganism-Environment Interactions (IPME) and was responsible for one of IRD’s five scientific departments: Ecology, Biodiversity and Continental Ecosystem Operations (ECOBIO).

  • Deputy Executive Director, Corinne Brunon-Meunier

    Corinne Brunon-MeunierA graduate of the Paris Institute for Political Studies, Corinne Brunon-Meunier also has a Masters in Law and an in-depth diploma in public and private international relations law. She joined the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs in 1979. She has since held the position of secretary and then advisor to ambassadors in Abidjan, Rome, Brussels, Nairobi and Ottawa, until she became French Ambassador to Croatia from 2016 to 2019. Throughout her career, Corinne Brunon-Meunier has held responsibilities in security, cooperation, sustainable development and foreign affairs.

  • Deputy Director of Science, Philippe Charvis

    Philippe Charvis

    A research Director and geophysicist, Philippe Charvis has worked on seismic risks in Ecuador, Algeria and the Lesser Antilles arc, and magmatism in hot spots. He was Director of the Géoazur Joint Research Unit, Vice-President of the scientific council of Ovservatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice and President of the "Earth and telluric planets" section of the national committee for scientific research. In October 2015, he was appointed Director of IRD’s scientific department for internal dynamics and continent surface (DISCO) which focuses on climate change, water resources, natural hazards and risks, and mineral resources and their impact on the environment.

    His task is to participate in the development of the Institute’s scientific strategy, to ensure overall coordination, and to support the Chairperson and CEO in the coordination of the science division, which is central to IRD.

  • General Secretary, Isabelle Benoist

    Deputy: Cécile Damecour

  • Deputy associate director of Science, Olivier Dangles

    Olivier Dangles  Research director, ecologist, Olivier Dangles started his career as a lecturer at the Institute of Research on Insect Biology of the University of Tours. In 2006, he was posted to Quito, Ecuador, where he developed research on the spatiotemporal dynamics of invasive insect pests, in partnership with the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador.

    From 2012 to 2014, he will be an associate researcher at the Universidad Mayor San Andres of Bolivia.

    He is interested in the functional ecology of plant and animal communities in natural and cultivated ecosystems affected by global change, and his work has led to the creation of an international research network (covering Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) for innovation in the control of crop pests.


    From 2012 to 2016, Olivier is elected member of the IRD Scientific Council.

    From 2014 to 2017, he is the representative in Ecuador, before a stay (2017-2018) at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA.

    Since August 2018, he is based at the Centre d'écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive (CEFE) at the University of Montpellier where he co-directs a joint international BioInca laboratory between Ecuador, Colombia and France.

    Between 2018 and 2020, he is appointed deputy director and then interim director of the Ecobio department.

    Since last June, he has been appointed Deputy Science Director in charge of Sustainability Science.

    Olivier Dangles is the author of numerous scientific publications on biodiversity and the functioning of natural and cultivated ecosystems, as well as popular works such as Natura Maxima or Une autre Terre.

Germination in vitro d'embryons somatiques de palmiers à huile produits par suspension embryogènes.


Germination in vitro d'embryons somatiques de palmiers à huile produits par suspension embryogènes.

Science Division

The Science Division is led by the Deputy Director of Science. The different services in the division apply and support the Institute’s scientific policy.

  • Mission for Digital Infrastructures and Data

    Part of the Institute’s science division, the mission for Digital Infrastructure and Data contributes to the themes in the strategic plan 2016-2030 POS and priorities as defined by the 2016-2020 objectives and performance contract 2016-2020 COPthrough the following objectives:

    • Develop a policy for the Institute, to be shared with partners in the South, for managing research data in accordance with the principles of open data and the open science movement and to cater for data exchange with national and international bodies.
    • Identify unmet (additional) needs and develop a strategy of support and assistance for research units and their partners tailored to the departments in the science division.
    • Network, facilitate and strengthen the capacity of research personnel whose missions or research projects are based on digital technology or methodology such as managing, distributing, processing and preserving data.
    • Contribute at national and international level to the visibility and affirmation of IRD missions by participating in various committees and working groups established for the development of data centres, observatories or observatory systems and national, European and international research infrastructures (IR, TGIR).
    • Develop interaction and synergy with equivalent structures in other research bodies and universities to exchange experience and skillsets and pool digital resources.

    Director: Jean-Christophe Desconnets
    Deputy Director: François Sabot

  • Mission for Research Evaluation and Programming (MEPR)

    The Mission for Research Evaluation and Programming is responsible for all scientific evaluation processes within IRD, regardless of the institutional or partnership framework of the evaluation. Statutory evaluation processes involve many stakeholders, including members of the Institute’s bodies: the five sectoral scientific commissions (CSS), the research and applications management commission (CGRA) and the scientific committee. 

    The other objective of the mission is to assess the impact on development of the research support programmes implemented by the Institute. The mission provides management and officers in charge of programmes with tools (1) to characterise expected impacts in advance; (2) for monitoring; and (3) to collect feedback for improving future programmes. 

    Interim Director: Guislaine Thirion


  • Scientific and Technological Culture Mission (MCST)

    In accordance with its strategic orientation plan (2016/2030), IRD is under a duty to strengthen social, economic and cultural values of research for development. To meet this objective, the Scientific and Technological Culture Mission deploys a policy for the diffusion of scientific information and knowledge sharing in society both in France and in partner countries in the South.

    Director: Marie-Lise Sabrié


  • Expertise Mission

    The objective of the Expertise Mission is to promote the quality and diversity of expertise at IRD. The mission coordinates development with the departments and services in the Science, Development and Support divisions.

    Director: Jean Albergel



Scientific Departments

  • Continent Internal and Surface Dynamics (DISCO)

    The DISCO department includes the Institute’s research teams studying continental environments, in terms of their physical and biogeochemical functioning, their change over time, and their interaction with human societies in the South against a backdrop of global change.

    Interim director: Céline Mari

    Deputy director : Céline Duwig



  • Ecology, Biodiversity and Functioning of Continental Ecosystems (ECOBIO)

    The ECOBIO department brings IRD scientific community together to focus on ecology, evolution, dynamics and continental ecosystem functions at several levels.

    Interim director : Emma Rochelle-Newall

    Interim deputy director : Jean-Christophe Avarre



  • Oceans, Climate and Resources (OCEANS)

    Using an integrated approach, the OCEANS department collects knowledge and observations regarding ocean development research, particularly processes affecting the intertropical zone, in partnership with communities from the South.

    Director: Frédéric Ménard

    Deputy Director: Marina Lévy




  • Health and Society (SAS)

    The overall objective of the Health and Society department is to contribute to improving the health of Southern populations. The department’s work combines two complementary aspects of research: improving knowledge and conducting research projects/operational research and activities with a direct impact for the population; and supporting programmes for improvement.

    Director: Yves-Martin Prével

    Deputy Director: Florence Migot-Nabias



  • Societies and Globalisation (SOC)

    One of the main objectives of research conducted by the Societies and Globalisation department is to further our understanding of contemporary societies in intertropical and Mediterranean countries, focusing on the dynamics, changes, adaptations and resistance that characterise and drive them.

    Interim director : Estienne Rodary

    Deputy director : Mina Kleiche-Dray



Ensablement de Sabria, Tunisie

© IRD - IRA - Christian Lamontagne

Ensablement de Sabria, Tunisie

Development, Global Issues and Partnerships Unit

The Development, Global Issues and Partnerships Unit is led by the Deputy Executive Director.

  • International and European Relations Department

    As part of its 2016-2020 Objective and Performance Contract, IRD is aiming to become a scientific benchmark for its national, European and international partners.  To that end, the Institute has a department dedicated to developing its network of representatives, and to international and European affairs.

    Director: Ludovic Cocogne



  • Department for the Mobilisation of Research and Innovation for Development

    The goal of the Department for the Mobilisation of Research and Innovation for Development is to improve the impact of research in Southern countries by strengthening the social contribution of research; promoting the continuum of education, research and innovation; supporting researchers in their development projects; and by developing programmes involving multiple prominent members of civil society and the economy.

    Director: Mireille Guyader

    Deputy Director: Christophe Cypcura

  • Valorisation Sud thematic promotion consortium

    Created by the French government in the thematic promotion consortium category of the Investments for the Future programme, the Valorisation Sud CVT is a national consortium created to transfer technology to countries in the South. The consortium uses various means to promote and market the technology offers that fall within its remit. It undertakes extensive commercial prospection in the market, targeting large groups, SMEs, start-ups, social enterprises, cooperatives and individual entrepreneurs, until transfer contracts are signed.

    Acting Director: Mireille Guyader



Banc de vivaneaux, Faune sous-marine de la Réunion

© IRD - Thomas Changeux

Banc de vivaneaux, Faune sous-marine de la Réunion

Support for Research and International Scientific Standing Unit

The hub for Support for Research and International Scientific Standing is led by the Secretary General. The structures making up this hub support the Institute’s strategy and missions, and oversee regional delegations.

  • Human Resources Department (HRD)

    The responsibility of the Human Resources department is to propose, develop and implement IRD's employment and social policies and to ensure skill development amongst employees.

    Director: Sabine Desclides

    Deputy Director: Nathalie Parisotto



  • Finance Department (FD)

    The Finance department contributes to the definition of the Institute’s financial policy and ensures that it is applied.

    Director: Gilles Bernard

    Deputy Directors: Vincent Bousquet/Laurent Haag



  • Legal Affairs Department (LAD)

    The Legal Affairs department provides the Institute with advice, expertise and legal monitoring , and defends the Institute’s interests in legal proceedings.

    Director: Pierre Bos



  • Department for the Development of Innovative Digital Use (DDUNI)

    The Department for the Development of Innovative Digital Use is responsible for the development and application of IRD's digital strategy, working closely with the business divisions. The department coordinates the digital master plan and the associated projects. It is also responsible for ensuring the Institute’s IT system functions correctly. It provides and promotes IRD digital services to both internal and external users. Finally, the department works with IRD partners such as institutional partners in the South and North and with sponsors to develop digital tools in countries in the South.

    Director: Michel Labadie



  • Communication and Information Sharing Department (DCPI)

    The objective of the Communication and Information Sharing Department is to ensure IRD’s activity is clearly understood, to facilitate the exchange and creation of internal and external communities, and to develop the Institute’s reputation and recognition.

    Director: Anne-Claire Jucobin

    Deputy Director: Isabelle Bonal



  • Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Department

    The Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Department defines and controls the Institute’s QHSE policy. It designs and implements actions to promote the health and safety of employees, quality in research units and the protection of the environment. The department works with and coordinates the network of actors concerned within the Institute.

    Manager: Caroline Play

  • Science Support Department (MApS)

    The objective of the Science Support Department is to ensure conditions conducive to coordinated decision-making and monitoring of research resources: (financial and human resources for units and research partnerships). The department works closely with the departments (DISCO, ECOBIO, OCEANS, SAS, SOC) and missions (MP2I, MIDN), as well as with the management of the Support Hub. The team has complementary competences to help departments make decisions, apply their scientific policy, communicate with and coordinate their group of unit directors, and adjudicate how to allocate human and financial resources. The department is in direct contact with the head office, thus ensuring smooth interaction between the Institute’s three divisions on all matters related to department life.

    Director: Franck Carenzi



  • Support for Change Mission (MAC)

    The Support for Change Mission assists the components of IRD departments in their development: processes, governance, tools and human impact. This includes a range of projects: new strategic orientation, reorganisation, deconcentration, the development of representative and administrative networks, and the modernisation and innovation of support services.



Périurbanisation à Koné


Depuis les années 1990, la création d'un pôle urbain au nord a provoqué une forte augmentation de la population de Koné, en Nouvelle-Calédonie

Representation around the world

IRD relies on its network of representatives abroad to organise its work, with international and European organisations in Brussels and Rome, and above all, in the intertropical and Mediterranean regions: 

  • Nine representatives in West and Central Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
  • Five representatives in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean region: South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Reunion, Madagascar and the Seychelles .
  • Ten representatives inLatin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Martinique, Mexico and Peru.
  • Five representatives in Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Three [sic] representatives in the Mediterranean region: Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.
  • Two representatives in the Pacific region: New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

Regional Delegations

Each delegation provides a range of services that pools and provides resources to support the research done by the units and bodies within their remit.

Kumawa, zone d'investigation des botanistes pour explorer les canopées et récolter des plantes

© Jean-Marc Porte, Lengguru 2014

Kumawa, zone d'investigation des botanistes pour explorer les canopées et récolter des plantes, Indonésie

Bodies reporting to the Chairperson

  • General Advisory and Audit Unit

    The General Advisory and Audit Unit audits, monitors and provides advice in order to improve the Institute’s level of functioning and performance.

  • Principle Accounting Department

    The Principle Accounting Department is responsible for settling, recording and paying expenses and recording and collecting revenue, after carrying out the checks stipulate in public accounting regulations.

    Senior Accountant: Philippe Pedro

    Deputy: Muriel Sassi



  • Defence and Security Officer (DSO)

    IRD Defence and Security Officer protects the fundamental interests of the nation within the scope of the Institute’s activities. They are responsible for protecting the scientific and technical heritage of IRD, namely the knowledge and results of scientific research, as well as sensitive technology. This heritage is considered to be the exclusive property of the national community. The fundamental interests of the nation must be taken into account when transferring this heritage internationally.

    General Secretary: Isabelle Benoist



Bodies and committees

  • Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors deliberates on:

    1. the strategic orientations, general research programmes and general measures for the organisation and operation of the Institute 
    2. The budget and any adjustments to it, and the financial accounts 
    3. The annual activity report 
    4. Loans 
    5. Acquisitions, disposals, exchanges, rental contracts, leases, construction and major building repairs 
    6. Contracts and bids 
    7. Royalties and remuneration of any kind received by the Institute 
    8. Donations and bequests 
    9. The creation of subsidiaries, acquisitions, disposals or extensions of financial participation 
    10. Participation in organisations with legal personality 
    11. The Institute's policy for social action 
    12. Legal action, transactions and recourse to mediation.

    Board of Directors also decides on matters referred by the Chairperson, the Minister for Research and the Minister for Cooperation and Development.

    The Board can delegate power for sections 5, 6, 7, 10 and 12 to the CEO. The CEO reports any decisions made under delegation to the Board at the next meeting.

  • Scientific Council

    The Scientific Council is the Institute’s forum for reflection and proposals regarding scientific policy.

    The Council advises on the broad guidelines of the Institute’s scientific policy, activities for promotion, information and education, and on the common principles for evaluating research units and staff.

    It is consulted about the establishment, modification or closure of the Institute’s scientific departments, research units and support services and the appointment of Directors.

    The Scientific Council is composed of 30 members. Half of the members are from outside the Institute and are appointed by ministers responsible for overseeing the Institute. The other half are elected by IRD staff and staff associated with the Institute’s activities. The Council must include foreign members. Council members have a four-year mandate.

    The Chairperson calls a council meeting at least twice a year.

  • Ethics Advisory Committee for Research in Partnership (CCERP)

    The Institute’s Ethics Advisory Committee for Research in Partnership is responsible for: 

    • Ethical valuation of research protocols of IRD units or units with an IRD convention and ensure, if necessary, that protocols receive the institutional review board(IRB) label and comply with the Nagoya protocol;
    • Develop ethical scientific reflection about research for development;
    • Ensure links with a network of ethical correspondents for ethical scientific partnerships and ethical committees of the Southern countries wanting to engage in a reflexion process with IRD.


    The CCERP has nine members: 

    Isabella Annesi-Maesano, Chairperson, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at Sorbonne Université and Paris Descartes

    Oumarou Malam Issa, Deputy Chairperson, Research Director at IRD and iEES Paris, Doctor of Universe Sciences

    Virginie Maris, researcher in environmental philosophy at the CNRS, at the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology - Appolinaire Djikeng, Doctor of Philosophy, Director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health at the University of Edinburgh - Bruno Hamelin, geochemist specialised in the use of radioactive isotopes and dating methods and professor at Université d’Aix-Marseille, researcher at CEREGE - Marie-Geneviève Pinsart, professor of philosophy and ethics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) - Houria Tazi-Sadeq, Doctor of Law, professor and lawyer, UNESCO Interdisciplinary Chairholder for Sustainable Management in Casablanca - Vũ Đình Thành, Doctor and Professor at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam - Carel IJsselmuiden, Executive Director of the Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED) in Geneva, doctor, epidemiologist, public health practitioner and social entrepreneur.

  • Strategic Guidance Board of IRD (COS)

    The Strategic Guidance Board of IRD has now been established. Created byDecree No. 2014-1441 of 3 December 2014 as part of the modifications to the Institute’s articles of association, the Board organises consultation between the Institute and its partners in the regions in which it operates.

    • Fabiola Leon-Velarde,Chairperson of the COS,is chancellor of Cayetano-Heredia University in Peru. She is a doctor of physiological science and has focused her work on the biological and physiological adaptation of man to altitude, and the health issues related to this extreme environment. She sits on many international scientific councils and is frequently consulted about altitude physiology by government authorities, the Peruvian congress and international organisations. She is a member of the General Assembly of the National Council of Education and the Steering Committee of the National Centre for Strategic Planning.
    • Monique Barbut is Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and has been Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) since 2013. From 2006 to 2012, she was CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Vice-President of the World Bank. From 2003 to 2006, she served as Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) responsible for the “Technology, Climate and Green Economy” programmes. She previously worked in the French Bank for Development and the Central Fund for Economic Cooperation (now AFD).
    • Gilles Bœuf is scientific advisor for Life and Nature, Climate, and Ocean Sciences to the cabinet of the Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. He is a professor at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and a specialist in environmental physiology and biodiversity, and was Chairperson of the National Museum of Natural History (MNHM) in Paris from 2009 to 2015. He previously worked for twenty years at IFREMER. He then became Director of the Oceanological Observatory in Banyuls for six years, and then spent four years as director of the cell biology and evolutionary models unit (CNRS-UPMC).
    • Yvonne Bonzi-Coulibaly has a PhD in organic chemistry from Université de Strasbourg in France, awarded in 1987.  She is currently professor of Chemistry at Ouaga I Pr Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo and heads the Laboratory for Analytical, Environmental and Bio-Organic Chemistry. She was Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies (2004-2007) and Director of Research (2008-2013) at Ouaga I Pr Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo She was awarded the 2013 African Union Kwamé N'krumah prize for women scientists for her successes in fundamental research, technology and innovation. She is member of the Burkina Faso National Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
    • Delphine Borionewas appointed Deputy Secretary-General for Social and Civil Affairs of the Union for the Mediterranean in 2013. A diplomat and former ambassador, she has held many high-level positions in multilateral relations, the economy, culture and education. She served in Italy and Kosovo, and was technical advisor to the Elysée (2002-2003, 2006-2007), responsible for G7-G8 meetings amongst other things. She then served as Director of Cultural Cooperation and French in the Directorate-General for Globalisation of the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs from 2009 to 2013.
    • Anny Cazenaveis a researcher at the Laboratory for Studies in Space Geophysics and Oceanography (LEGOS) in Toulouse and Director of Earth Sciences at the International Space Sciences Institute (ISSI) in Bern, Switzerland. She specialises in geodesy and space oceanography, and her research focuses on the use of space technology in earth science. She was elected to the Academy of Sciences in 2004, in the Universe Sciences section. As a member of the IPCC, she is a key international player in thinking on climate change.
    • Christine Katlama heads the team for Clinical Epidemiology of HIV infection: therapeutic strategies and co-morbidities at Institut Pierre-Louis d’Epidemiology et de Santé Publique (INSERM and Sorbonne Universités) and professor of Infectious Disease at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital. An internationally recognised physician in HIV research, she is also Chairperson of the French-speaking alliance against HIV and chronic viral infections (AFRAHIV).
    • Laureen Kouassi is Investment Director at Amethis. She heads the West Africa office and the fund’s financial institutions department.
      Laureeen Kouassi-Olsson is responsible for Amethis’s investment strategy in the financial sector. She also oversees Amethis West Africa, Amethis’s investment agency dedicated to West and Central French-speaking Africa. She is a member of the board of directors of Ciel Finance (Mauritius), PetroIvoire (Ivory Coast), Amethis West Africa and is a alternate director on the Board of Directors of Fidelity (Ghana). Prior to joining Amethis in 2013, she was a business manager in the banks and financial markets division of Proparco, where she was responsible for evaluating and structuring investment opportunities in the financial sector in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to that, she worked in the mergers and acquisitions department of Lehman Brothers in London.
    • Hervé Ladsous was appointed Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations in September 2011. A French diplomat and graduate of the Ecole Nationale des Langues Orientales, Hervé Ladsous is a specialist in Asia. He has held several positions in the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, which he joined in 1971. He was French Ambassador to Indonesia in Jakarta from 2001 to 2003 and in Beijing from 2006 to 2010. He has also held positions with the United Nations in Geneva and New York. He was then appointed Director of the cabinet of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2011. 
    • Gilles Lajoie is a university professor in geography, urban planning and spatial planning Since November 2016, he has chaired the academic council of Université de La Réunion, which includes members of the research, education and university life committees. He is a member of the ESPACE-DEV joint research unit. He was Vice-Chairperson of Université de La Réunion from 2002 to 2006 and then Regional Delegate for Research and Technology (DRRT) for Reunion and Mayotte from 2008 to 2015. He is also member of the Regional Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESER) of Reunion.
    • Lelio Marmora has been Executive Director of UNITAID since 2014. He is a qualified lawyer and previously worked for eight years at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Director for Africa and the Middle East. Prior to working for the Global Fund, he spent seven years at the World Bank, focusing mainly on programme management in Latin America. He has also worked in several other international organisations, including UNESCO and UNDP, and for the government in his country of origin of Argentina.
    • Ngô Bao Châu has been a professor of mathematics at the University of Chicago since 2010 and is one of the four recipients of the 2010 Fields Medal. He was a CNRS researcher at the Mathematics Laboratory (LAGA) of Université Paris-Nord for almost ten years. He was then professor at Université Paris-Sud before being seconded to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University in 2007. Since 2011, he has also been Scientific Director of the Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics.
    • Silvia Restrepo is Vice-Chairperson of Research at the University of Los Andes in Bogota and professor of Plant Biology. She is Director of the Mycology and Plant Pathology Laboratory at the University of Los Andes and has studied plant diseases and the fight against them for the past 20 years. She is a member of the Colombian Academy of Sciences and a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
    • Jean-Michel Severino has been Chairperson of Investisseurs & Partenaires since 2011. He focuses on impact investing to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout his career, he has specialised in international development and funding: Director of Development at the French Ministry for Cooperation, then Vice-Chairperson for East Asia at the World Bank from 1996 to 2000, and Executive Director of the French Development Agency (AFD) from 2001 to 2010.
    • Youba Sokona is special adviser in the field of sustainable development at Centre Sud, an intergovernmental organisation based in Geneva, and honorary professor at the University College of London. He has also been Vice-Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 2015. He previously co-chaired the IPCC Working Group III on Climate Change Mitigation. Prior to these functions, he was coordinator of the African Centre for Climate Policy (CAPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the Executive Secretary of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory. He previously worked with the Environment and Development of the Third World NGO (ENDA). where he was coordinator of the energy programme and executive secretary for international relations from 1983 to 1987. He was also professor of hydrology at the National School of Engineers in Bamako, Mali.
    • Thierry Taboy has been Director of Societal and Social Innovation in the Corporate Social Responsibility division of the Orange Group since September 2009. He joined the Group in 1998 as Director of the Advanced Services & Market Intelligence business unit of its subsidiary Sofrecom. Prior to that, he coordinated the “Parthenay Ville Numerisée” project and was Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the transdisciplinary Journal Transverse Science & Culture. Thierry Taboy is founder and coordinator of the Orange Group's Digital Society Forum project.


  • Scientific Sectoral Commissions (CSS)


    Scientific Sectoral Commissions assess the Institute’s scientific staff and activities in their respective field of competence. They contribute to the scientific council’s thought process on the Institute’s scientific policy.

    Members and activity

    These five scientific advisory bodies are established per research field.

    Each commission has 26 members. Half of the members are from outside the Institute and are appointed by ministers responsible for overseeing the Institute. The other half is elected by IRD staff and staff associated with the Institute’s activities. They have a mandate of four years.

    The Chairperson of the Institute calls a commission meeting at least twice a year.

    They are governed by internal procedures that define the general framework of their activities and establish the rules for declaring and managing conflicts of interest for each evaluation process.

    • CSS1 – Physical and chemical sciences in the planetary environment
    • CSS2 – Biological and medical sciences
    • CSS3 – Ecological systems sciences
    • CSS4 – Human and social sciences
    • CSS5 – Data and modelling sciences


  • Commission for Management and Administration of Research (CGAR)

    The Institute's research and application management commission is entitled the Commission for Management and Administration of Research (CGAR)


    The commission is responsible for research administration and management.
    It includes researchers involved in governance whose primary activity is administering research or leading projects.
    It also includes professions and expertise exercised in the field of innovation, the promotion of research, scientific culture, partnership relations and geostrategy, as well as research support services (management, finance, heritage, legal affairs, human resources, communication, logistics) at head office and in the Institute’s offices in mainland France, overseas departments and territories and in Southern countries.

    Members and activity

    The commission has 26 members. Half of the members are from outside the Institute and are appointed by ministers responsible for overseeing the Institute. The other half is elected by IRD staff and staff associated with the Institute’s activities. They have a mandate of four years.

    The Chairperson of the Institute calls a commission meeting at least twice a year.

    They are governed by internal procedures that define the general framework of their activities and establish the rules for declaring and managing conflicts interest for each evaluation process.


    The Commission for Research Management and Applications (“Commission de gestion et d’administration de la recherche” - CGAR) is composed as follows:


    Elected members

    College I

    • Pascale Chabanet
    • Dominique Dumet
    • Jean-Marc Hougard, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission
    • Jean-Pascal Torreton

    College II

    • Sarah Ben Nefissa, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission
    • Christophe Chevillon
    • Karine Delaunay

    College III

    • Patrick Blanchon, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission
    • Houria Boussaid
    • Jean-Claude Louisy-Gabriel
    • Sacy Nadaradjane
    • Périne Sanglier
    • Benoît Soyer


    Appointed members
    • Armelle Barelli
    • Karima Benchabane, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission
    • Diane Braguer
    • Hélène Calmes
    • Florence Carre
    • Nicolas de Menthière
    • Marie-Line Gallene, Vice-Chairperson
    • Emmanuel Girard-Reydet
    • Marie-Josèphe Leroy-Zamia
    • Mahaman Tidjani Alou, member of the Permanent Delegation of the Commission
    • Sophie Rouziere


  • Renewal of IRD CSS and CGRA

    From 15 November 2019 to 18 June 2020, IRD will be renewing its Scientific Sectoral Commissions (CSS) and Research and Applications Management Committee (CGRA). You can find more information on the renewal of the CSS and CGRA on the Elections page.

  • Le Comité Consultatif Ethique pour la Recherche en Partenariat

    Le Comité Consultatif Ethique pour la Recherche en Partenariat (CCERP) est l’instance de réflexion éthique et d’examen éthique des projets de recherche à l’IRD.

    Si la recherche pour le développement a la particularité d’être une recherche en coopération avec les pays du Sud, celle-ci doit se faire selon les principes de justice et d’équité. Le Comité consultatif éthique pour la recherche en partenariat (CCERP) a été créé par la délibération du Conseil d’administration du 29 juin 2018. Il succède au Comité consultatif de déontologie et d’éthique, crée par la décision du 15 avril 2013.

    Le CCERP est une instance rattachée administrativement à l’IRD mais qui reste néanmoins indépendante quant à ses décisions et son fonctionnement.


    Le CCERP développe une réflexion éthique sur la recherche pour le développement et le partenariat scientifique. Le cas échéant, cette réflexion peut être menée en lien avec les autres instances éthiques nationales et internationales, notamment avec le Comité consultatif commun d’éthique INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD. Les instances de la gouvernance de l’IRD ont la possibilité de saisir le CCERP sur une question éthique. Le Comité peut également s’autosaisir de toute question éthique qu’il juge pertinente. 

    Le CCERP a pour mission principale d’examiner d’un point de vue éthique les protocoles de recherche des unités labellisées IRD ou ayant conventionné avec l’IRD. Le CCERP se met à disposition de tout porteur de projet de recherche en sciences du vivant, sciences humaines et sociales ou sciences exactes. L’avis émis est consultatif.

    L’Initiative d’équité en recherche

    Le CCERP soutient la mise en œuvre de l’Initiative d’équité en recherche (Research Fairness Initiative, RFI) au sein de l’Institut. La mission première de l’IRD et de son réseau à l’étranger et dans les Outre-mer est de contribuer, par la recherche, à l’émergence, au renforcement et à l’autonomisation de communautés scientifiques et de systèmes d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche dans les pays partenaires. La RFI, vivement soutenue par le CCERP, apparait ainsi comme une sauvegarde supplémentaire pour garantir l’équité des partenariats. 

    Composition du CCERP

    Le comité est composé de neuf membres, nommés par le  Président directeur (PDG), sur proposition pour trois tiers respectifs du Président du Conseil Scientifique, du Président du Conseil d’orientation stratégique et du PDG de l’IRD. L’IRD veille à un équilibre femmes/hommes et Nord/Sud parmi les membres du Comité. Le CCERP est composé de membres dont les champs thématiques et les compétences disciplinaires sont complémentaires et requis pour évaluer éthiquement les projets de recherche relevant de l’IRD. Cette composition reflète un pluralisme dans les représentations culturelles et conceptions éthiques. 

    • Isabella ANNESI-MAESANO Présidente du CCERP. Professeure d’épidémiologie environnementale à la Sorbonne et Paris Descartes. Directrice de recherche INSERM Epidémiologie des maladies allergiques et respiratoires (EPAR).
    • Oumarou MALAM-ISSA Vice-président du CCERP. Docteur en Sciences de l’Univers. Directeur de recherche à l’IRD au sein de l’Institut d’écologie et des sciences de l’environnement (IEES) Paris.
    • Marie-Geneviève PINSART Philosophe, professeure à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles - Pôle de recherche en éthique appliquée. Membre du Comité consultatif commun d’éthique INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD.  
    • Carel IJSSELMUIDEN Médecin, épidémiologiste, praticien de santé publique et entrepreneur social. Directeur général du Council on Health Research for Development (COHRED), Genève.
    • Virginie MARIS Chercheuse en philosophie de l’environnement au CNRS, au sein du Centre d’écologie fonctionnelle et évolutive.
    • Appolinaire DJIKENG Docteur en philosophie. Directeur au Center for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, Edimbourg
    • Houria TAZI-SADEQ Docteure en droit, professeure et avocate. Titulaire de la chaire UNESCO interdisciplinaire pour une gestion durable, Casablanca.
    • Bruno HAMELIN Géochimiste, chercheur au CEREGE. Professeur à l’université Aix-Marseille Université.


    Demande d’examen éthique d’un projet de recherche

    Le porteur d’un projet de recherche peut saisir le CCERP dans le cas d’une demande d’examen éthique du projet. La saisine doit être effectuée préalablement à la mise en œuvre du projet de recherche.

    Le dossier du projet de recherche doit être soumis complet à la Mission d’évaluation et Programmation de la Recherche (MEPR) de l’IRD, conformément à la grille de recevabilité des dossiers de soumission au CCERP. Il est adressé au plus tard 30 jours avant la date de la réunion à laquelle il est souhaité que le projet soit examiné.

    Coordinatrice du CCERP : Chloé DESMOTS



  • Le Comité consultatif commun d’éthique INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD

    Le Comité consultatif commun d’éthique Inra-Cirad a été créé en 2007 et étendu à l’Ifremer en 2016 puis à l’IRD en 2019. Ce comité a une mission de réflexion, de conseil, de sensibilisation et, au besoin, d’alerte.

    Le rapprochement des quatre organismes au sein d’un même Comité s’explique par le partage de nombreux enjeux de la politique scientifique, ainsi qu’en témoigne notamment leur participation commune à l’alliance AllEnvi (Alliance nationale de recherche pour l’environnement). Ce comité examine les questions éthiques que peuvent soulever l’activité et le processus de recherches, en France et à l’étranger, dans les domaines de l’alimentation, l’agriculture, la mer, l’environnement et le développement durable, en particulier, celles qui intéressent les relations entre sciences et société. Ainsi, un tel rapprochement permet de mutualiser les questions éthiques transversales et d’élaborer une vision partagée des enjeux à la fois mondiaux et nationaux.

    La réflexion du Comité consultatif commun d’éthique est complémentaire de celle apportée par le CCERP, dont la mission principale est l’examen éthique des projets de recherche.

    Composition du Comité consultatif commun d’éthique INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD

    Le Comité comprend 14 membres, nommés par décision conjointe des Pré des quatre organismes.

    • Axel KAHN Président du Comité d’éthique. Docteur en médecine et Docteur ès sciences, Directeur de recherche à l’Inserm.
    • Michel BADRÉ Vice-président du Comité d’éthique. Ingénieur École Polytechnique - École Nationale du Génie Rural, des Eaux et des Forêts. Membre du Conseil économique, social et environnemental, au titre du groupe des associations environnementales.
    • Madeleine AKRICH Directrice de recherche à l’École des Mines de Paris (Centre de sociologie de l’innovation), ingénieure de l’École des Mines de Paris et docteure en socio-économie de l’innovation.
    • Bernadette BENSAUDE-VINCENT Professeure émérite à l’Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, agrégée de philosophie et docteure ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines.
    • Jean-Louis BRESSON Médecin nutritionniste, professeur des universités, fondateur du Centre d’investigation clinique Necker-Cochin.
    • Céline BOUDET, Ineris, coordinatrice scientifique, spécialiste de l’analyse des risques dans le domaine santé & environnement (épidémiologie, toxicologie, bio-statistiques, …).
    • Mireille DOSSO, Directrice de l’Institut Pasteur de Côte d’Ivoire, professeure de Microbiologie.
    • Françoise GAILL Directrice de recherche CNRS, chargée de mission auprès de la direction générale du CNRS – a dirigé l’Institut « Écologie et environnement » (INEE). Biologiste, spécialiste des écosystèmes profonds océaniques.
    • Stéphanie LACOUR, Directrice de recherche CNRS, Docteure en droit privé. Directrice adjointe de l’Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique - ENS Paris-Saclay. Directrice du GDR « Normes, Sciences et Techniques » du CNRS.
    • Lyne LÉTOURNEAU Professeure au sein du Département des sciences animales à l’Université Laval de Québec. Titulaire d’un doctorat en droit, elle enseigne sur les enjeux éthiques de l’agroalimentaire contemporain et sur l’intégrité en recherche.
    • Marie-Geneviève PINSART Philosophe, professeure à l’Université Libre de Bruxelles - Pôle de recherche en éthique appliquée. Membre du Comité consultatif d’éthique pour la recherche en partenariat (CCERP) de l’IRD.  
    • Pere PUIGDOMENECH Professeur de recherche au CSIC (Conseil supérieur de la recherche scientifique en Espagne) au sein de l’Institut de Biologie Moléculaire de Barcelone, spécialisé en biologie moléculaire des plantes, docteur en sciences biologiques.
    • Michel SAUQUET Diplômé de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris, docteur en Économie appliquée. Enseignant spécialisé dans les questions interculturelles.
    • Hervé THÉRY Géographe, professeur associé à l’Université de Sao Paulo (Brésil), directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS.

    Secrétariat commun du comité d’éthique INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD

    Le secrétariat du comité est assuré conjointement  par les 4 organismes, le support administratif étant assuré par l’INRAE.

    • INRAE Christine CHARLOT, secrétaire générale, avec l’appui de Nathalie HERMET
    • IRD : Chloé DESMOTS