Scientific Conferences

Conferences are an opportunity for researchers to pool their knowledge and develop new issues. By providing a place for meetings and debates, they allow researchers to swap information with high-level scientists and to integrate into many subject networks. Irstea Institute representatives provide a real contribution to many conferences, congresses and seminars.


The SympoScience site provides joint support for Irstea, CIRAD (International Cooperation Centre for Agricultural Development Research), IFREMER (French Research Institute for the Exploration of the Sea) and INRA (National Institute of Agricultural Research) to distribute their conference, seminar, congress and symposium proceedings on-line, within the framework of their mission to publicise scientific and technical knowledge. It also offers conferences organised by other partners, on common or closely related subjects.

Participating in conferences, congresses and seminars

During 2007, Irstea representatives provided a real contribution to 576 different conferences, congresses or seminars, distributed as follows:

  • 100 European conferences,
  • 234 international conferences,
  • 242 national conferences,

A total of 356 representatives contributed to conferences, congresses and seminars in 2007. Their impact extended beyond attendance to acting as auditors and simple participants. Researchers participated in more than 500 events. This number has continued to grow during the last few years.

Illustration of the multiannual growth in the number of events

Graphique de l'évolution pluriannuelle du nombre de manifestations 

Researcher participation in conferences grows year on year, for all types of events. In 2007 the changes that had the most impact were firstly the contribution made by “Scientific Management”, as they doubled their participation in conferences, congresses and seminars, particularly international and national ones, and secondly the participation of the EA (Environmental technologies and agricultural systems) department (+42%), despite the fact that this same department had seen a drop in event attendance in 2006.