Participatory governance, centrepiece of a well-recognised Acta

An association created and directed by those working in the animal and plant sectors and recognised by public authorities

The governance of the Acta is organised around:

  • A general meeting and a Board of Directors
  • A professionals’ committee
  • Thematic committees
  • A Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB, also known by its French acronym COST)

Acta’s Board of Directors

Acta is an association under France’s law of 1901. It is administered by a Board of Directors whose functions include establishing the programme of activities and determining how they are implemented. 

It is composed of:

  • Institutes officially recognised as ATIs
  • Other national technical agencies implementing applied agricultural research and development which have partnership arrangements with a recognised Technical Institute
    • ANIFELT – Association Nationale Interprofessionnelle des Fruits et Légumes Transformés (a national association for the fruit and vegetable processing sector) 
    • ITSAP– Institut Technique et Scientifique de l’Apiculture et de la Pollinisation, Institut de l’abeille (the technical and scientific institute for beekeeping/apiculture and pollination)
  • Authorised trades unions
  • Founding members
    • AGPH (Association Générale des Producteurs de Houblon, hop producers association)
    • FNLON (Fédération Nationale de Lutte contre les Organismes Nuisibles, national federation for crop protection)
    • FNPHP (Fédération Nationale des Producteurs de l’Horticulture et des Pépinières, national federation of horticultural and nursery producers)
  • Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Agriculture
  • Coop de France (national union of agricultural cooperatives)

Invited by law (advisory capacity only):

  • General Economic and Financial Controller, from the Ministry of Economy and Budget
  • A State representative for Agriculture and Rural Development, from the Ministry of Agriculture

The President of the Board of Directors is Mr. Jacques Lemaitre.


Professionals’ committee

In performing his duties, Acta’s President is supported by the professionals’ committee, elected from representatives of the Agricultural Technical Institutes.

Directors’ committee

Acta’s Board of Directors has charged all the directors of Agricultural Technical Institutes, brought together in the directors’ committee, with coordinating the network.

This committee, led by Acta’s Director General, draws in particular on the preliminary work of the thematic committees.

Thematic committees

The role of the thematic committees is to strengthen the links between ATIs and prepare the work of the directors’ committee by:

  • Developing the sharing of experiences and knowledge of practices between ATIs
  • Identifying horizontal themes and suggesting actions of common interest
  • Studying the advantages and disadvantages of new initiatives

The chairs of the thematic committees present the conclusions of their work to the directors’ committee and, where applicable, Acta’s Board of Directors or professionals’ committee. 

Currently, there are seven thematic committees:

  • Scientific and technical
  • Administrative
  • Europe and international
  • Communication and dissemination
  • Vocational training
  • Information technology
  • Overseas

“Each ATI designates one or two members to attend each of the thematic committee meetings (between two and four meetings per year). These are chaired by an ATI director assisted by an Acta employee.”

Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB, also known by its French initials COST)


Acta’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Board (STAB) plays two major roles, providing support for the Board of Directors and for the Ministry for Agriculture (Directorate General of Education and Research, DGER):

1. Strategic advice to the ATI network on scientific and technical issues.

In particular, it supports ATIs in:

  •  The development of contracts of objectives
  • The development and maintenance of the skills of personnel
  • Identifying cross-cutting issues and the search for synergies between ATIs and between ATIs and public research

2. Evaluation in the service of the DGER:

  •  Dossiers presented by agricultural technical institutes seeking official qualification as an ATI
  • Development programmes submitted by ATIs to support CASDAR
  • Mixed technology unit projects
  • Mixed technology network projects
  • Projects submitted to the ‘Technological research’ call for projects


It is an independent body composed of two colleges:

  •  A scientific college: This brings together the presidents of the ATI scientific advisory committees and qualified individuals as needed to complete the panel of skills and ensure the representation of agricultural research organisations.
  • An ‘administration’ college: This is composed of representatives of the Directorates General of the Ministry of Agriculture (DGER, DGAl, DGPAAT), a representative of the Ministry of Research and a representative of France AgriMer.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Board is chaired by Mr. Christian HUYGHE (Deputy Scientific Director for Agriculture at INRA).