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13th INRA Awards ceremony © Arnaud Veldemann

2018 INRA Awards

Dominique Ripoche, recipient of the 2018 Innovation Award, at a meeting in her office at the AgroClim Unit in Avignon, France on 19 September 2018. © Bertrand NICOLAS - Inra, NICOLAS Bertrand

Dominique Ripoche: breathing life into computer code

Throughout her career, Dominique Ripoche has worked on the STICS modelling tool, an innovative multidisciplinary simulator for standard crops, which allows researchers to cross-analyse a large range of parameters. This computer scientist at INRA-PACA’s AgroClim Unit Division, has won INRA’s 2018 Innovation Award.

By Anaïs Bozino, translated by Emma Morton Saliou
Updated on 12/12/2018
Published on 12/10/2018

“STICS code is my baby. This red book is my bible. See how the pages are worn?” explains Dominique with a smile, holding up an annotated book covered in post-it notes. Dominique developed the STICS model with one other colleague; there are now 24 people on the team. “It is an excellent tool for knowledge transfer and for impact assessments of the effects of a) agriculture on the environment, and b) climate change on agriculture and current crop systems,” says Dominique.

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Associated Division(s):
Environment and Agronomy
Associated Centre(s):
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur