Three conferences to look out for

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If there is one issue that concerns us all, it is climate change. This binding issue is what motivated AgroParisTech Alumni, in partnership with AgroParisTech and UniAgro, to organize a series of three meetings in 2015 dedicated exclusively to the climate: ClimA.


The overall objective will be to produce a white paper based on discussions and proposals from our community of life-science engineers, intended to contribute to international negotiations in the context of the upcoming United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP 21 – Paris – 30 November – 11 December 2015) to be hosted this year in France.

Nicolas Hulot will open the ClimA meetings that will take place on March 10, June 16 and September 15, 2015.

These three meetings will present an opportunity to hold open discussions, exchange to co-construct the “White Paper on Agronomy in France” with the support of perspectives presented by several guest speakers renowned for their skills and expertise.

Among these speakers will be: Sylvie Bénard (R 76), Environment Director of the LVMH group, Chairman of the Strategic Committee of the Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) and former President of the OREE association (Organization for Corporate Environmental Responsibility); Professor Gilles Bœuf, Professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and president of the National Museum of Natural History; Dr. Valérie Masson-Delmotte, paleoclimatologist; André-Jean Guérin (GREF 74), Treasurer of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation and standing member of the Economic Social and Environmental Council; Professor Harold Levrel, Professor of Environmental Economics at AgroParisTech; Dr. Thierry Stadler (IAE Lille & UST Lille I), General Director of the competitive cluster for global industry and Agro Resources; Eric Allain (PG 83 and ENA) General Director of FranceAgriMer; Stéphane Gin (PG 82) Director of Agricultural Insurance for Groupama and Expert from the Directorate Mission for Natural Risks (MNR) of the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA) and of the Association of mutual insurers (GEMA); Carole Fonta (ENSMIC-IST 95) Sustainable Development Director of the National Food Industry Association.

For graduates and current students of AgroParisTech, SupAgro Montpellier, Agro Campus Ouest, of the ENSA-INP Toulouse, of ENSAIA of Nancy, of ENSA in Algiers, member schools of the Fésia and more widely, and all French Agronomy Schools, your collective professional and associative experiences in all areas will at once provide a rich base for complex debates on multi-level interactions and promote our courses and our values!

Join us in making this event an unforgettable experience!

The debates will be broadcasted live on the internet via streaming from the Centre Sèvres in Paris with interactivity with a dozen sites throughout all of France, thanks to support by the regional groups of the UniAgro federation.

When : March 10, June 16 and September 15, 2015 from 19h00 to 21h30
Where : G Amphitheatre at AgroParis Tech (14 rue Girardet – Nancy)

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Wood Construction United for the Future


5th Wood Construction Forum
Palais des Congrès Centre Prouvé Nancy

April 15-17 2015


After three successive editions in Baune (Burgundy) and then last April in Besançon (Franche Comté), the Wood Construction Forum (FCB) is preparing for its next event – at the new Centre Prouvé in Nancy on April 16 & 17 2015.

The event in Nancy will be preceded by a vast exposition which will be held in Epinal on April 15, with presentations and on-site visits to architectural projects in and around Epinal, located in the Vosges.

The workshop themes will reflect issues facing architecture today: keeping production local (in France) by constructing with local tree species, building with hardwoods, designing and constructing large-scale wood structures, construction for collective housing projects, heat insulation, new construction possibilities using solid wood lamented panels, utilizing grey energy, digital modeling, and energy conservation for the horizons 2020 and 2030 ..

Co-orgainzers for the event are the Higher National School of Architecture of Nancy (ENSAN) and the Higher National Institute for Timber Technologies (ENSTIB)

For more details, please follow this link – FBC Program

The effects of climate change on forest soil fertility

White Papers & Proceedings from
the REGEFOR 2013 Workshops




Has management of forest soil fertility reached a turning point?

Forest ecosystems are able to make particularly efficient use of nutrients, which ensures the sustainability of all soil functions. Forest soils generally have limited fertility, and trees are particularly well suited to these conditions, producing significant quantities of biomass through efficient recycling of mineral resources and microbiological associations that are highly effective at mobilizing nutrients in organic and inorganic forms. This ability is remarkable, but it depends on maintaining the ecosystem’s recycling ability, rendering the system vulnerable to anthropogenic disruption.

The 2013 REGEFOR Workshops set out to assess current knowledge in the field of forest soil fertility and the impact of stressors, encourage discussion between forest management and research, and discuss the applied aspects of soil fertility by considering different forest management scenarios in a strategic approach taking both social and economic aspects into account.

The workshop began with plenary sessions and overviews presented by experts, followed by open discussions on current management issues. Also, for the first time, a forum for PhD students was included with presentations of current research projects.

To access the full list of white papers and downloadable PDF versions, please follow this link :  Proceedings from REGEFOR 2013

Conference – Mountain Forests

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Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World

7-9 July 2015High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia
Not to be missed is the upcoming international conference that will address the theme “Mountain Forest Management in a Changing World”
7-July 9, 2015 to Smokovce, High Tatra Mountains in Slovakia.
For information on how to participate in the conference (the call for papers deadline is February 15, 2015), please visit the website for the event:   The second announcement and call for papers can be found on the following link: MFM_2nd_Announcement

ARBRE Interview – Emeline Hily



Emeline Hily is young researcher in environmental economics with the Joint Research Unit Laboratory of Forest Economics (LEF). Her research focuses on the development of financial incentives to encourage forest owners to protect biodiversity on their land in a context of climate change.


Last September, together with six other PhD students and Postdocs supported by LabEx ARBRE, Emeline helped organize the first ARBRE PhD and Postdoc Seminar – with great success.

Recently, Emeline  completed the Science and Mediation doctoral course, a project which prepares PhD students studying with the University of Lorraine to develop how they communicate their science and work with a non-scientific public.

She is currently working on her thesis in a cross-disciplinary context, as part of a collaboration between the LERFoB and LEF joint research units at INRA.

To read the interview Emeline granted us recently, please follow this link  –
ARBRE Interview – Emeline Hily

The Science and Mediation doctoral program starts its second year

2015 marks the second year for “Science and Mediation”, a cross-disciplinary doctoral program jointly offered by the University of Lorraine, LabEx ARBRE and INRA, in partnership with the associations Paris-Montagne and La Vigie de l’Eau.


The Association Paris Montagne, based in Paris, is a program geared to making science and research accessible to youth from disadvantaged and isolated areas. La Vigie de l’Eau offers a meeting place and educational center for the general public, students and researchers in Vittel.

On January 12-13, the Science and Mediation program welcomed back 29 doctoral students from eight doctoral schools associated with the University of Lorraine. The diverse range of disciplines and fields of research represented within the program has considerably enriched discussions and exchanges.

The program includes an introduction to scientific mediation punctuated by a debate on the question “Why is scientific mediation important?”, as well as work on the scientific approach and presentations by each PhD student in which they present his or her work to non-specialized audiences (highlight profiles of doctoral students who have completed the program are available at the following address :

For details about the content and organization of the program, please follow the following links :
Science and Mediation doctoral program_Part 1
Science and Mediation doctoral program_Part 2

The Pezizomycetes Comparative Genomics Workshop

20-21 January 2015
INRA Nancy-Lorraine Center
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The Pezizomycetes belong to an early diverging class within the Pezizomycotina.The Pezizomycetes are either saprobic, mycorrhizal or pathogens; the biotic interactions of many taxa are not known. Species are found in soils, wood decays, leaves, roots and dung. Some Pezizomycetes species are well know due to their edible fructifications (so-called ascocarps) such as truffles and morchels. Ascobolus immersus, a Pezizomycete species living on herbivore dung (coprophilous) has been introduced in the late 1930s as a model organism for genetic studies. To date, only the genome of two Pezizomycetes have been published: Tuber melanosporum (Martin et al., 2010) and Pyronema confluens (Traegger et al., 2013).

To help close the sequence gap among basal filamentous ascomycetes, and to allow conclusions about the evolution of fungal development, the genome and transcriptomes of six additional Pezizomycetes have been sequenced: Ascobolus immersus, Choiromyces venosus, Morchella conica, Terfezia boudieri, Tuber aestivum and Tuber magnatum.

A workshop will be held at INRA-Nancy on January 20-21, 2015 to discuss the structure and evolution of these Pezizomycete genomes and comparative analyses of their gene repertoires.

To consult the workshop home page and the full program, follow this link:

ARBRE hosts its first International Scientific Advisory Board Meeting

On December 11 and 12, the International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) for LabEx ARBRE met at the INRA Nancy-Lorraine Center in Champenoux. The board was composed of a panel of seven scientists recognized for their expertise in the different areas of research included in LabEx. Over two days, the ISAB board members interacted with members of the ARBRE Executive Board and ARBRE project leaders to learn about the scope of LabEx and the direction and quality of work within the ARBRE community.   They also had a chance to visit labs and technical platforms located on-site in Champenoux. Two years after the launch of ARBRE, the ISAB was asked to evaluate ARBREs scientific strategy and the priorities set by each of the thematic actions or work packages. In the context of a competitive international environment, this advisory evaluation is important for the future positioning of ARBRE and the INRA Nancy-Lorraine Center relative to other major research centers located in Europe and the United States. The advice, suggestions and conclusions of the ISAB will be taken into account for the evaluation of submitted project proposals for the ARBRE 2015 Call for Proposals. The next International Scientific Advisory Board meeting will be held at the end of 2016.

To read more about the International Scientific Advisory Board members, please follow this link - The ISAB