Research Director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) Professor at AgroParisTech, France Coordinator of the European Joint Research Programme EJP SOIL Chair of the Rnest network scientific & technic committee
Claire Chenu is research director at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and consulting professor of soil science at AgroParisTech. She is a member of the research unit ECOSYS at Palaiseau in Paris area. Her research deals with soil organic matter, which has a prominent role in ecosystem services provided by soils. She addresses the roles of soil organic matter in soil physical properties and investigates carbon dynamics and sequestration in agricultural soils. She was the 2019 Soil Science medallist of the European Geosciences Union and the recipient of the 2019 INRA Research Lifetime Achievement Award. She is involved in the science-policy-practice interface and in awareness raising activities on soils. She has been nominated Special Ambassador for 2015 the international year of soils by the FAO. She is member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative and of the International Technical Panel on Soils. She chairs the scientific and technical committee of the French soil experts network “Rnest”. She leads the EU H2020 European Joint Programme SOIL that associates 24 European countries: “Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils”.