Central Europen Centre for Women and Youth in Science
Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)




INRA is one of the largest French research institutes. Its core missions concern: Land management, environmental protection and sustainable production; improving human nutrition, meeting consumer expectations and working to protect public health; diversifying products and increasing their competitiveness, understanding the living organism and developing process engineering; adapting agricultural practices and plant and animal species to changes in the technical, economic, social and ecological context to agriculture and animal production; providing decision-making support for economic actors, promoting employment, informing the citizen and aiding governmental decision-making.


For the past seven years, INRA has been keen to ensure that the PhD students trained in its laboratories receive high quality training and supervision. It has encouraged the development of the ”Linguistique & Pratiques de Recherche” Programme (LPR) whose aim is to efficiently prepare young researchers to become highly skilled young professionals by working inside the laboratories and developing programmes for both students and supervisors.


INRA has encouraged the development of the ”Linguistique & Pratiques de Recherche” Programme (LPR, Linguistics and research practices) which MC ROLAND created and which she co-ordinates. Its aim is to efficiently prepare researchers to become highly skilled professionals.



Description of staff involved in the project


Marie-Claude Roland studied in a French Ecole Normale Supérieure and at the Sorbonne in Paris. She obtained a PhD in Didactics and Language Science from the University of Grenoble in 1995, focusing on researchers' writing practices. Since 1989, she has developed a specific and unique training program to help researchers improve their competence in writing articles and research projects. Since 1996, she has developed a Young Researchers’ Training Programme whose aim is to develop professional and academic skills among early-stage researchers. She has built a network of European institutions to work on a transferable methodology for thesis mentoring (Project SKIES, submitted April 2003). She acts as consultant to several graduate schools in France, Europe and Canada. She acted as facilitator on the TRAIN-NET (QLG7-CT-2001-30212) brainstorming sessions aiming at building a collaborative community of practice among European NCPs.

Central European Centre for Women and Youth in Science is a project funded by the European Commission
under Framework Programme 6 in the Structuring the ERA specific programme.