Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique

INRARanked the number one agricultural research institute in Europe and number two in the world, Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) carries out with 8290 permanent staff, mission-oriented research for competitive and sustainable agriculture, high-quality and healthy foods, and a preserved and valorised environment. The reduction of agricultural and urban food wastes and losses, is the top priority of INRA strategic agenda (GloFood program). For example, in the NoAW project (H2020-2016), INRA’s goal is to contribute to the advent of ‘near zero-waste society’ and to promote a circular economy by achieving the paradigm shift from a-posteriori environmental-friendliness assessment to early eco-design approach aiming at converting agricultural waste, by- and co-products into eco-efficient bio-based products with direct benefits for environment, economy and society. In RESURBIS, INRA will bring the expertise of the IATE (Ingénierie des Agro-polymères et Technology Emergentes) Joined Research Unit on scientific and safety barriers to limiting the production of waste and converting the residual waste into bio-based packaging for food. Inra works in close cooperation with official authorities of rural and urban waste management at European, national and local levels, especially through RIS3 (Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies. Consequently, INRA is involved in WP1, WP2 and WP6.

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Key persons involved

Prof. Nathalie Gontard, Research Director, NoAW project coordinator, promoter and leader of the IATE “Zero-waste” Lab., 150 A-levels papers (H index 32), leader of many European/international projects (e.g. FP7 EcoBioCAP project coordinator, NoAW H2020 NoAW 2016 project coordinator), EFSA expert since 2006.
Contact : nathalie.gontard@inra.fr

Dr. Hélène Angellier, Associate Professor, specialist of bio(nano)composites for food packaging. More than 48 A-levels papers (H index 18).
Contact : helene.coussy@umontpellier.fr

Dr. Amandine Viretto, Post-Doctorate, expert of biocomposites.