Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between INRAE and Science New Zealand [fr]
On 30 June 2020, France’s new National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) and Science New Zealand, the peak body for the government-owned Crown Research Institutes in New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
This new milestone in the scientific cooperation will enhance joint projects, scientific exchange and talent development between New Zealand and France.
INRAE is the leading research organisation in France for agriculture and the environmentand has connections worldwide.
INRAE is the acronym of the French research organisation resulting from the merger in January 2020 between Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l’Environnement et l’Agriculture (IRSTEA).
Science New Zealand is the peak body for the 8 Crown-owned research entities in New Zealand (which include the Crown Research Institutes and Callaghan Innovation).
The agreement encourages exchange programmes and collaborative projects in areas of mutual interest and benefit for the parties. It provides a framework for cooperation between the parties and is intended to facilitate development of more specific programmes of collaboration, including staff exchanges for the purpose of career development.
A key focus is to foster opportunities for collaboration among early-stage researchers. The parties commit to equitable investment in cooperation and exchanges. In view of Covid 19-related travel restrictions the institutions will develop opportunities through online engagement and e-research.
The agreement builds on a history of scientific exchange between France and New Zealand that has been championed by the FAST (France Aotearoa Science Technology Innovation) group which encourages interaction across the academic sector, the placement of PhD and postdoc students and sharing of scientific knowledge.
This signing is a new step forward in scientific collaboration between France and New Zealand as it will facilitate the start of new collaborations and reinforce the existing ones.