The function of appraisal, assigned to any research organisation, is a very natural attribute of targeted research. It is also an important bridge between scientists and the different social stakeholders: institutional and political environments, industrial and economic sectors, civil society.

Scientific and technical appraisal: an assignment featuring in the Irstea institute strategy

The appraisal assignment features fully within the establishment's strategy, in line with society issues. Our institute's ambition, recorded in the 2020 strategic plan, is to be recognised as a benchmark operator in scientific and technical appraisal and to contribute to structuring scientific appraisal on a European scale. Both the public sphere and the private sector have already used Irstea widely in this field.
Appraisal assignments are supported by the scientific and technical skills of the engineers and researchers, focus attention on their research work in and contribute, in return, to anchoring these works on specific problems. This approach strengthens our legitimacy in the eyes of anyone involved in public or private issues. Referring to the new appraisal charter and breaking it down into best practices, a general policy declaration has marked the general management's commitment to a shared dynamic encouraged by this ambition for a high level of appraisal greatly leaning on research.

The appraisal for Irstea in figures

  • A pool of experts comprising almost 200 engineers and researchers
  • Over 40 ETP (European Technology Platform) mobilised for appraisal supporting public policies, the majority in the fields of "Sustainable management of the forest and natural resources" (14.2 ETP), "Integrated management of water resources" (7.8 ETP) and "Natural and human risks" (7.6 ETP)
  • Annual contractual acceptance of around €550K