A word from Pierre-Benoît Joly, Chairman of the Scientific Council
The RiskOGM programme was launched in 2010, following the Grenelle environment round table. It had two goals. First, to fund research into GMOs in order to inform public decision-making and create a space for public debate to supplement those that exist, such as the High Biotechnology Council (Haut Conseil des Biotechnologies). The risk aspect took priority, given the heritage of the Grenelle, but this was not exclusive. Alongside the environmental and health issues, the programme includes ethical and socio-economic dimensions as well as the problems of research governance and the use of GMOs.
In addition, the programme supports research into essential themes in the GMO subject area and encourages teams to address them from a generic perspective. Two examples: a project on the management of risks associated with new technosciences and a major project on new toxicology approaches for analysing the risks related to exposure to low doses in the long term. These projects are interdisciplinary in nature and are generally conceived in response to controversies, debates or questions that have arisen in the public sphere. This close link between research and public debate is an original and important characteristic, and it explains why the programme is equipped with a strong leadership structure that will organise regular public events.