Science with and for society

Society's confidence in scientific research has been put to the test lately, notably due to the many crises affecting humanity. This has prompted CIRAD to take a stand in favour of new relations between science and society.

The aims of CIRAD's science with and for society are to support public decisions, fuel democratic debate and  enable every citizen to
understand the world around them and play a part in it. CIRAD's commitment rests on a position defined in accordance with its values (see the link to the position paper below). A commitment to sustainable development, openness and exemplarity are the three pillars that guide our operations in favour of science that works with and for society. Within that framework, seven interacting priorities have been built on several existing operations and internal structures.


Le Cirad se positionne en science-société

A commitment to sustainable development

CIRAD conducts research that is determined to assess its impact, with sustainability as its watchword.

At the same time, in line with its commitment to sustainable development, CIRAD strives to conduct science of use to public action in that field.


Open science allows more cumulative science, backed by the sharing of scientific content. It serves to accelerate innovation processes, notably in order to help societies in tropical and Mediterranean countries achieve the sustainable development goals.

Civil society organizations have always been preferred partners for CIRAD, which sees targeted research as a process associating a wide range of stakeholders: NGOs, think tanks, associations and others.


From quality of work life to corporate responsibility through a determined environmentally friendly approach, CIRAD is striving to set an
example in terms of its environmental and social impact.

That exemplarity also applies to its relationships with its partners, whether from the global North or from tropical and Mediterranean countries.

CIRAD also strives to lsets an example in terms of ethics. That commitment is reflected in its Ethics and Research Integrity Office, backed by an ethics watch committee with seven members covering various types of professions at CIRAD, and also, on a collective level, in its participation in the INRAE-CIRAD-IFREMER-IRD Ethics in Common committee.