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INDISS - INnovation and Design In Sociotechnical Systems

Project holders: Jean-Marc MEYNARD (SADAPT) & Marie-Hélène JEUFFROY (Agronomie)

Other BASC research units involved: ECOSYS, EcoInnov, GQE – Le Moulon, ESE

Non-academic partners: Terres Inovia, ARVALIS, ITAB, Chambres d’agriculture, Coopératives COREA, In Vivo, Terrena, QualiSol, Agrotransfert Ressources et Territoires, Agence de  l’eau Seine-Normandie et Loire-Bretagne, ADEME, GAB IdF, Terre et Cité, Plaine de Versailles, Terres d'Yvelines, RMT Systèmes de Culture Innovants

Academic partners outside BASC: LISIS, ESA-GRAPPE Angers


Visit of an on-farm participative plant breeding trial at Berthellot's family, Lot-et-Garonne, summer 2014 (© I. Goldringer)


© Michel Geolen


Among the challenges highlighted in the initial BASC proposal, the INDISS flagship project proposes to raise the challenge of innovation for agriculture and the territories. This collective process, requiring to involve the users and to take into account their activities, as soon as the design phase, is based on specific frameworks. It also requires methods and an organisation of the research work, different from those frequently implemented in the aim of knowledge production. The INDISS project aims at developing a common culture of innovation and at sharing the relevant methods, within the BASC collective mainly focused on knowledge production. It also aims at building, on the long term (that is targeting effects beyond the end of the flagship project), a synergy between the activities of knowledge production and of innovation.

INDISS will organise exchanges and collaborations between design specialists (agronomists with design skills, researchers in design sciences), and researchers focused on knowledge production (ecologists, agronomists, geneticists, ecophysiologists, sociologists). These collaborations will be managed around thirty « innovation projects », driven by researchers and lecturers from BASC, in partnership with non academic partners, and mostly funded outside BASC. These projects concern 4 main innovation fields: ideotype design and varieties breeding; agroecological cropping systems design; collective management of water quality; collective management of biodiversity. Based on these projects and on the expertise of its participants, INDISS will aim at developing, sharing, and testing (i) design approaches adapted to the various innovation fields, and to the collectives of actors involved in the design process, (ii) approaches allowing to enrich the innovation process by the knowledge of the sociotechnical system.


© Jean-Marc Meynard

Various types of deliverables will be produced:

  • Register of the innovations designed by the researchers and/or by their partners;
  • A library of resources developed for design (teaching aid, guides, design support tools), allowing to enhance innovation by researchers and partners, and technical and organisational solutions to make the locked-in sociotechnical systems change;
  • Scientific papers on (i) the knowledge produced during the design process, (ii) the engineering approaches for the innovation process, (iii) the link between the innovation process and the sociotechnical systems;
  • Training for students and scientists in the aim of learning to design, and make them sensitive to the framework of innovations emergence.