Dr Agnès Ricroch

Dr Agnès Ricroch holds a PhD in plant science (1990) and obtained an HDR (ability to conduct researches) from Paris-Saclay University (Orsay, France) in genetic resources and plant breeding (2003). 

She was a visiting researcher at Texas Tech University and Duke University (USA) in 1990 and at the John Innes Institute (UK) in 1992. 

She is a senior lecturer at AgroParisTech (Paris, France) and Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University, College of Agricultural Sciences (USA), she teaches biotechnology and bioethics since 2016. 

She was a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in 2015. 

She is a researcher in IDEST laboratory at Paris-Saclay University, Faculty Jean-Monnet, Sceaux (France), where her research focuses on benefits-risk assessment and regulation of green biotechnology (GMO, New genomic Techniques). 

Member elected in 2015 of the Academy of Agriculture of France, she is the head of the Life Sciences section since 2016. She was the chair of the working group "New biotechnologies for agriculture and food" (2016-2019). She was pointed as member of the French Scientific Group of Interest of green biotechnologies (2015-2019). She is a member of the management committee of the European “Cost PlantEd” scientific program (2019-2023).

She was named to the International Directory of 23 women in biotechnology (Woman in Biotechnology Law and Regulation) in 2015. She published scientific articles in 2019 in Nature Biotechnology and in New Biotechnology 2021 and chapters on patents on green biotechnology in 2014 and 2021.

She published both in French and English six books, twenty-six chapters and more than ninety scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and scientific journals and participated in one hundred and sixty scientific conferences on biotechnology. She was notably invited as keynote speaker at OECD on applications of genome editing in agriculture (2018). 

She gives numerous interviews to national and international newspapers, radio and television.

Member of the Society of Writers of France (Société Des Gens de Lettres) as a writer. 

Member of the Ethics Committee of Order of Veterinarians of France. 

She was awarded the Limagrain Foundation Prize of the Academy of Agriculture of France in 2012. 

She is a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour of France in 2019.