IRD 2018 Report



Jean-Paul Moatti, Chairman and CEO of IRD.

On the eve of its 75th anniversary, we are proud to assert IRD’s specific identity and added value within the national and global landscape of scientific research for sustainable development. As illustrated by this 2018 activity report, our Institute continues its positive development, underpinned by the objectives determined as part of its Strategic direction plan (POS) for 2030, laid out for 2016-2020 in the Objectives and performance contract (COP) signed with its line ministries.

Jean-Paul Moatti, Chairman and CEO of IRD.

Key figures

2,050 agents

including 851 researchers and 1,199 engineers and technicians


  • IRD participated in COP24

  • Second international conference of the WIN network in Singapore: combating insecticide resistant mosquitoes

  • Birthplace of African rice domestication identified in Mali

  • Second SDG summer school in Marseille

  • The IRD celebrates the International Year of the Reef

  • ICE MEMORY: new Russian expeditions

  • Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: mobilisation of Franco-Congolese scientific cooperation

  • Toulouse hosts the first conference dedicated to young African researchers in Europe

  • Hepatitis B: a new strategy for eliminating mother-to-child transmission

  • IRD joins the Phytobiome international alliance

Challenges and solutions