Metaprogramme SYALSA



The SYALSA metaprogramme is managed by a unit composed of a Director and manager who determine the scientific approach, and a project leader responsible for operational aspects. A broader Steering Committee provides advice and supports the interdisciplinary approach.

Management unit

Lionel Bretillon
Director of the SYALSA metaprogramme, Head of the ALIMH Division

Louis-Georges SOLER
Representing the Food and Bioeconomy Directorate

Claire Gaudout
Project Leader


Strategic management committee

The Strategic Management Committee supports the metaprogramme’s Management Unit with respect to programming, management and scientific monitoring. This Committee is made up of a group of scientists from different INRAE Research Divisions who represent a diversity of disciplines, approaches and scientific backgrounds.  By INRAE Division:

► ACT - Action and transitions

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Marie-Benoit Magrini

Marie-Benoit Magrini is a research engineer (HDR) in economic sciences working in the ACT Division and attached to the ODYCEE team in the AGIR Joint Research Unit (Agroecology, Innovation and Territories) in Toulouse. She focuses on innovation and transition processes in the agricultural and food sectors. She has led the Legume Sector group at INRAE since 2017 and contributes regularly to expert reports and public consultations relative to French and European strategies on the development of plant proteins.

► AGROECOSYTEM - Agroecosystems

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Carole Bedos

Carole Bedos is a Senior Scientists in the ECOSYS Joint Research Unit (Functional Ecology and Ecotoxicology of Agroecosystems) in the Agroecosystems Division. She focuses in particular on using experimental and modelling approaches to study atmospheric emissions due to the volatilisation of plant health products, and also the atmospheric exposure of non-target ecosystems and populations.

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Nadia Bertin

Nadia Bertin is Research Director in the INRAE Plants and Cropping Systems in Horticulture Research Unit in Avignon. She works on the mechanisms underlying the development of quality in horticultural products and their genotypic plasticity in a context of declining water resources and increasing production constraints. She is co-coordinator of interdisciplinary projects on the biological determinants of the technological quality (TOM’Ability FranceAgrimer, CTCPA) and health value (ANR Tomhealth, J-F Landrier; GojiQual MP Syalsa; AubColl INRAE AgroEcoSystems) of fruits. She is the co-author of 90 scientific articles and 85 international communications. Within the COPIL, her skills concern the construction of food quality from agricultural production to impacts on health (Area 1).

► ALIMH - Human nutrition and food safety

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Marie-Jo Amiot-Carlin

Marie Josèphe Amiot-Carlin is Research Director in nutrition and public health in INRAE’s ALIMH Division, and is based in the Montpellier Interdisciplinary Centre on Sustainable Agri-food Systems (UMR-MoISA). Her work concerns the prevention of malnutrition and associated pathologies and the identification of changes to assure a healthy and sustainable diet in northern and southern countries (Mediterranean countries and Sub-Saharan Africa). Since 2020 she has been Deputy Vice-President for International Relations at the French Society for Nutrition.

Caroline Méjean

Caroline Méjean is Research Director in nutritional epidemiology in the Montpellier Interdisciplinary Centre on Sustainable Agri-food Systems (UMR-MoISA). Her work focuses on characterising models for food and nutritional transitions, their specificities depending on context, their determinants (both individual and those related to the environment) and their effects on different dimensions of the sustainability of food systems.

Fabrice Pierre

Research Director in the ToxAlim Research Unit at the INRAE Centre in Toulouse, Fabrice studies the relationship between our diet and the risk of cancer, focused notably on the association between consuming meat products and the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC).  He has published studies demonstrating the central role of haem iron and nitrites to explain the effects of consuming red meats and charcuterie, respectively, on the risk of CRC. Within the committee, his skills concern digestive physiology, and more globally the relationship between diet and health.

► AQUA - Aquatic ecosystems, water resources and risks

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Marie-Agnès Coutellec

Marie-Agnès Coutellec is a senior researcher in the INRAE-Institut Agro Joint Research Unit for the Ecology and Health of Ecosystems (UMR 0985 ESE), based in Rennes. She studies the impact of micropollutants (including plant health products) on aquatic ecosystems, and more specifically their transgenerational and evolutionary effects on model invertebrates. She is also policy officer for the AQUA Division on ecotoxicology.


► BAP - Plant biology and breeding

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Catherine Ravel

Catherine Ravel is a research engineer in the Joint Research Unit on the Genetics, Diversity and Ecophysiology of Cereals (GDEC) in Clermont-Ferrand. This unit associates INRAE (Plant Biology and Breeding Division and Agroecosystems Division) with Université Clermont-Auvergne. Her studies concern the synthesis of wheat storage proteins, also known as gluten proteins. Coordinator of the ANR GlutN project, she focuses in particular on their dietary quality, and principally their digestibility, relative to the health problems associated with the ingestion of gluten.

► ECOSIO - Economics and social sciences

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Stephan Marette

Stephan Marette is a research fellow at INRAE and an associate professor at AgroParisTech. He will become the chair of Paris-Saclay Applied-Economics unit from INRAE-AgroParisTech in 2022. His works focus on labeling, regulation and experimental economics. More particularly, he developed methodologies for integrating experimental results in cost-benefit analysis, detailing the welfare impact of labels, tax/subsidy mechanisms depending on quality and/or minimum-quality standard.

► GA - Animal genetics

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Pascale Leroy




► MATHNUM - Mathematics and digital technologies

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Isabelle Albert

Isabelle Albert is a senior scientist in the MIA-Paris Unit belonging to INRAE’s MathNum Division. She studies the modelling and statistical inference of multi-scale models (hierarchical models with latent variables). In particular, she has focused on modelling the farm to fork model as an evaluation of dietary and environmental risks (QMRA). She has also conducted many studies on the introduction of expert opinions in statistics.


► MICA - Microbiology and the food chain

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Cécile Bord

Cécile Bord is a study engineer (PhD) in food sciences and sensory sciences, based in the Joint Research Unit on Cheese (UMRF) in Clermont-Ferrand; she is also responsible for the SensoCo Laboratory (Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Studies). She focuses in particular on the construction of the sensory qualities of cheese as related to processes, practices and in interaction with the constituents of dairy products, in order to identify and better understand consumer preferences and demands.

► PHASE - Animal physiology and livestock systems

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Bénédicte Lebret

Bénédicte Lebret is a research engineer (HDR) in the Physiology, Environment and Genetics for Animal and Livestock Systems Joint Research Unit (PEGASE) associating INRAE and Institut Agro-Agrocampus Ouest, based near Rennes. Its work concerns the multiple dimensions of meat and pork product quality and their construction as a function of production conditions. She coordinates multidisciplinary research activities in this field, and is joint leader of the INRAE Pig Sector group.


► TRANSFORM - Food, bioproducts and waste

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Maïa Meurillon

Maïa Meurillon is a senior scientist in TRANSFORM’s QuaPA Research Unit (UR 370, Quality of Animal Products) based in Clermont-Ferrand. She studies the toxic contaminants generated during processing steps, and more specifically remediation methods that can be implemented by means of formulation or processes to limit their health impact.

Modification date : 11 January 2024 | Publication date : 05 June 2023 | Redactor : CG