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Camille Michon, the new president of INRA Île-de-France – Versailles-Grignon research centre

On 1st September 2017, Camille Michon took up her post as President of INRA’s Île-de-France–Versailles-Grignon Research Centre. She succeeds Laurent Hémidy, who is now managing the property portfolio for the Saclay project.

Camille Michon, présidente du Centre Inra Île-de-France - Versailles-Grignon depuis septembre 2017. © Bertrand Nicolas
Updated on 11/09/2017
Published on 10/12/2017

On 1st September 2017, Camille Michon became President of INRA’s Ile-de-France–Versailles-Grignon Research Centre. A look back on her busy professional career…

From the structuring of food products….

After qualifying as an engineer from the National School for the Agricultural and Food Industries (ENSIA, which now forms part of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences – AgroParisTech), and obtaining a PhD in Food Sciences, Camille Michon became a research engineer at the French Ministry of Agriculture. She was working then on biopolymer mixtures and the expression of their functionalities, notably with respect to gelling.

Camille Michon then turned to teaching and in 2001 became a teacher-researcher at ENSIA. As a Professor in Food Materials Sciences, and a research scientist in the INRA-AgroParisTech Joint Research Unit for Food Process Engineering, which she headed as from 2011, her aim was to understand the structuring of food products – including dairy and cereal products – in order to generate targeted properties (textures, nutritional profiles, etc.).

Throughout all these years, Camille Michon produced some ground-breaking and important research, with nearly 80 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, and some 200 presentations (proceedings, posters and lectures) during national and international congresses, not forgetting her contribution to several high-quality books as author or coordinating editor, to which should be added two patents and no fewer than 55 reports for industrial partners. She was also keen to contribute to training students in and through research, supervising PhD theses (25), attachments at all levels (80) and students’ projects (40). These extraordinary figures testify to her unfailing commitment to research and teaching activities.

to a commitment to serve the community…

Between 2001 and 2016, Camille Michon also played an important role in two projects of a more practical and collective importance: as Prevention Manager for four years, and then for 12 years as Director of the Maison des Industries Agricoles et Alimentaires (International University Campus, Paris) which offers accommodation for AgroParisTech students, her focus was always on enabling people to live and work under safe and mutually respectful conditions. These posts also provided her with an opportunity to understand and to learn to work and interact with people from all professional and cultural horizons.

in a job at the heart of the Île-de-France region

In early 2017, Camille Michon took over as head of the Regional Delegation for Ile-de-France, serving two INRA Research Centres.

As Director of the INRA part of the major Saclay infrastructure project, she worked to ensure coherent progress of its different aspects (property, human resources and scientific objectives), the aim being to foster the emergence of high-profile and ambitious scientific aims common to all the units that will be moving to Palaiseau between now and 2021 and those remaining in Versailles and Jouy-en-Josas.

September 2017 marked a new turning point in the career of Camille Michon who has now been entrusted with the presidency of INRA’s Île-de-France-Versailles-Grignon Research Centre. She is already working in close collaboration with Thierry Pineau, President of the Jouy-en-Josas Research Centre and INRA’s regional delegate for Île-de-France, and Laurent Hémidy, whom she succeeded and who is now responsible for the links with AgroParisTech regarding property aspects of the Saclay project.


  • 1995: Doctor of Sciences (Univ. Paris VII et Paris XI, ENSIA)
  • 2004: Accredited to supervise research (Univ. Bourgogne)
  • 1995–2000: Researh Engineer (ENSIA)
  • 2001-2016: Professor at AGROPARISTECH
  • 2011-2016: Head of the INRA-AGROPARISTECH Joint Research Unit Engineering , Processes , Food
  • From January to September 2017: Head of the INRA’s Regional Delegation for Ile-de-France
  • Since September 2017: President of INRA’s Île-de-France–Versailles-Grignon Research Centre.