2015 Activity Report


Key figures

2,048 agents

with 820 researchers
and 1,228 engineers and technicians

2015 Highlights
  • COP21: IRD actively involved

    At the 21st Conference of the parties of the United National Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), IRD and its partners from the Global South organised several scientific workshops.

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  • IRD takes part in the third International Conference on Financing for Development

    IRD, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (MAEDI) and the OECD’s Development Centre organised a side event at this conference held in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 13 to 16 July 2015.

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  • Jean-Paul Moatti, Chief Executive Officer of IRD

    Professor Jean-Paul Moatti was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IRD while Jean-Marc Châtaigner was named Deputy Executive Director.

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  • The origin of all AIDS strains identified

    An international study run by IRD researchers and a number of partners confirms that the O and P variants of the HIV-1 virus responsible for AIDS have their origins in gorillas in south west Cameroon.

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  • IRD takes part in MEDCOP21

    Marseille hosted the Mediterranean Civil Society Forum for Climate Change (MEDCOP21) on 4 and 5 June 2015. IRD and its partners from the Global South took part in different focus sessions, themed workshops and public events.

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  • AllEnvi at Expo 2015 in Milan

    The French Research Alliance for the Environment (AllEnvi), coordinated by Inra, was a partner of the French Pavilion at the Expo 2015 in Milan.

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  • Launch of the ‘4 per thousand’ initiative

    On 1st December 2015, at the time of COP21, the French Minister for Agriculture officially launched the worldwide ‘4 per thousand: soils for food security and the climate’ initiative.

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In 2015, my first year at the head of the IRD, I had the privilege of witnessing not only the quality of the work produced with our scientific partners in developing countries but also the intense relationship that exists with our institutional partners. When talking to politicians and the heads of the scientific institutions and universities with which we work, we often hear that, ‘partnership with the IRD is different’.

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