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Site name: Ethics in Common

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Ethics in Common INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD Committee


Director of the publication: Michel Badré, President of the Ethics in Common INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD Committee



The website is hosted by Ifremer's web unit.

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The personal identifiable information (PII) collected on this site are:

  • For the connection request: IP address, date, time and pages consulted, technical information on response times (through cookies),
  • For contact forms: e-mail (e-mail address)

These PII are processed by the data controller concerned and the person responsible for publishing the site as mentioned in the legal notice of the said site.

These PII are mandatory for the proper functioning of the website with:

  • Information relating to cookies;
  • If you fill in the contact form, all the PIIs linked to the information on this form.

The purpose of the PII is the proper functioning of the website, the measurement of the audience, the treatment of incidents on the response times.

The legal basis for this data processing is the execution of the public interest mission.

In accordance with the French Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978 as amended, reinforced and completed by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which came into force on 25 May 2018, the Ethics in Common INRAE-Cirad-Ifremer-IRD Committee, as the data controller, guarantees respect for the privacy of the website's users of the website.

The sole purpose of the PIIs collected in the contact form is to facilitate the Committee's mission of discussion with interested parties on subjects concerning ethics, and only within the framework of exchanges made via this site. The PIIs are only read by the committee's secretariat and are intended to send you a reply; the messages are made anonymous by the secretariat before being transmitted to the ethics committee. No data is used outside this framework. No message linked to a PII is transmitted to a third party. No personal data is transferred outside the EU.

Furthermore, in the context of discussions on current referrals, the contact form provides for a request for consent or not to allow the committee to quote your request or comment anonymously in its public response letter.

Length of retention of PIIs:

PIIs are kept for 5 years from the date the form is sent. After this retention period, the PII will be destroyed.

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1 - Ensure that the user can identify the origin and author of the document;
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This authorisation does not apply to Internet sites publishing information of a polemical, defamatory, pornographic or xenophobic nature, or information likely to offend the sensibilities of the public as a whole.


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The publications of the user are published under his or her full and entire responsibility. You formally undertake to respect the legal and regulatory provisions in force and, without this list being exhaustive, you therefore refrain from publishing:

  • Content violating the rights of others, such as invasion of privacy or failure to respect image rights; 
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  • Content likely to be a case of conflict of interest. Conflict of interest means: any situation of interference between a public interest and public or private interests which is likely to influence or appear to influence the independent, impartial and objective exercise of one's functions.
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  • Content disseminating advice or comments that contravene legal and regulatory provisions.


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You are required to take all the necessary preventive measures to protect your own data, software and/or computer systems against contamination by any virus and against any other damage.

Quality of content. Although the Ethics in Common Committee endeavours to disseminate reliable content, errors, inaccuracies or omissions cannot be totally excluded. You are solely responsible for the consultation, selection, use and interpretation of the content of this site.


RGAA Accessibility (French Accessibility Guidelines based on WCAG2)

The committee is developing its website with the aim of complying with the RGAA4 accessibility standards and conformity; it undertakes to keep a regular watch to ensure accessible navigation for everyone and to make any necessary improvements. If you have noticed an accessibility problem, please report it by sending us an e-mail to the following address:


Photo credits

Home page

Cover photo:

Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Sumatra
Credit: IRD - Hubert de Foresta

About Us page

Cover photo:

Puo Luong, Vietnam
Credit: IRD - Jean-Michel Boré

Our role page

Cover photo:

Melting ice, Ecuador
Credit: IRD - Olivier Dangles

Illustration photos:

Anemone Corynactis viridis in Lanvéoc
Credit: Ifremer - Olivier Dugornay

Poppies in a wheat field
Credit: INRAE - Bertrand Nicolas

Our members page

Cover photo:

Aerial view of the Tana Delta, Kenya
Credit: IRD - Colin Jackson

Our work page

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Examination and observation of wheat trial plots at Gif-sur-Yvette, Essonne
Credit: INRAE - Bertrand Nicolas

Illustration photo:

Credit: Scott Graham - Creative Commons License

Our values page

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Seabed, West Papua
Credit: IRD - Régis Hocdé

Illustration photos:

From llamas to cows, Ecuador
Credit: IRD - Olivier Dangles

Access to water in the Inner Niger Delta
Credit: IRD - Olivier Barrière

Coral reefs, Indonesia
Credit: IRD - Gilles Di Raimondo

Bottom trawl towed by the trawler Le Précurseur off the English coast, North Sea
Credit: Ifremer - Olivier Dugornay

Experimental platform for testing the resistance of different potato varieties to mildew in Ploudaniel
Credit: INRAE - Christophe Maitre

Philippe Lemanceau, Director of the Agroecology Unit, INRAE centre in Dijon
Credit: INRAE - Christophe Maitre

Our story page

Cover photo:

Forest ecosystem of the Strengbach watershed in Aubure, Haut-Rhin
Credit: INRAE - Gérard Paillard

Our news page

Cover photo:

Seabed, West Papua
Credit: IRD - Régis Hocdé

Our guidances page

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Crinoids on escarpments, Bay of Biscay
Credit: Ifremer

Page Share with us

Cover photo:

Forest, Costa Rica
Credit: IRD - Jean Loirat

Find out more about ethics page

Cover photo:

Andean landscape, Bolivia
Credit: Wild Touch/UGA Foundation/IRD - Sarah Del Ben

Illustration photos:

Coral reef in French Polynesia
Credit: IRD - Serge Andréfouet