Christian HUYGHE, Scientific Director, INRA, France

Doctor of Agricultural Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Rennes and Director of Research in "Plant Genetics and Improvement" at INRA, Christian Huyghe has conducted research programs on the genetic improvement of the seed yield of a protein crop, the Lupin, on the genetic improvement of the digestibility and production of alfalfa seeds and on the analysis of the genetic evolution of the sown grasslands and the underlying mechanisms. He has published more than 80 scientific articles and written about 20 scientific and popular books. He was Director of the INRA’s Research Unit in Genetics of Forage Plants in Lusignan from 2001 to 2007 and then President of the INRA Poitou-Charentes’center from 2008 to 2010. He is currently Scientific Director of Agriculture at INRA, where he is in charge of issues related to the evolution of production systems towards multi-performance, partnerships with technical institutes and cooperatives and the general issue of innovation in agriculture. He coordinates the Avenir Biotech-BioRessources Investment Program dedicated to the genetic improvement of sugar beet, whose acronym is AKER and contributes to the implementation of the Priority Research Program "Cultivate and Protect Alternatively" coordinated by the ANR and whose scientific management is ensured by INRA. He is particularly involved in plant variety issues. He has been Chairman of the CTPS’s Scientific Committee, i.e. for all plant and forest species, since June 2009. He is also Chairman of GIP GEVES’s Board of Directors. Also, in the legal field, he chairs the independent evaluation commission for CEPPs (Certificates of Economics of Plant Protection Products), a key element of the Ecophyto 2+ system. At the national level, he has been President of the Acta’s COST (Scientific and Technical Steering Committee), a structure that coordinates and guides the network of Agricultural Technical Institutes, since 2011. At the European level, he is a member of the Scientific Council of the Public-Private Partnership programme entitled BBI-JU (Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking).