Organization & Governance

    Supervisory committee

    The IFB is a Mixed Service Unit, under the supervision of five national research bodies:  

    • CNRS National Centre for Scientific Research
    • INRAe National Institute for Research on Agriculture, Food and Environment
    • Inserm National Institute of Health and Medical Research
    • CEA Committee on Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy
    • INRIA National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology

    Governance bodies

    In order to achieve the desired impact results, the IFB has reviewed its governance and governing structure. The organization’s operation relies on a continuous interaction with the supervisory authorities (i.e. supervisory committee), the other national ‘omics’ infrastructures and the major national plans. It separates the scientific strategy and the management of operational tasks.


    The Executive Board

    The IFB Executive Board (CoDir) is composed of the IFB Director, the Deputy Director and three other IFB members; this organisation allows the management of all projects and proposes scientific orientations. Candidate members are submitted by the IFB Directors, then appointed by the Executive Board for a period of three years. The meetings of this directorate take place every fortnight. The directorate is assisted by the IFB governing body, which is made up of four committees in charge of scientific strategy policy and three operational units in charge of managing actions. 


    The Governing Council

    The IFB Governing Council is a subordinate of the IBISA Executive Board, restricted to our 5 "guardianships". This structure has no direct link with the PIA, and will therefore be maintained as a major governing structure. It must however be expanded to reflect the evolution of our partner institutions.

    So far, the Executive Board has been restricted to research organisations (CNRS, Inserm, INRAe, CEA, INRIA), while 24 of our platforms are affiliated to universities, of which 7 have a university as their majority affiliation.  


    The Committee in charge of Strategy and Scientific Orientation (CCSO)

    The Committee in charge of Strategy and Scientific Orientation (CCSO), made up of scientific representatives from the various supervisory authorities, a representative of the Ministry, the heads of national infrastructures and national scientific programmes (e.g. France Médecine Génomique Plan 2025).

    Concerning the national infrastructures France Génomique, ProFi, MetaboHUB, Frisbi, France BioImaging, France Life Imaging, Biobanks, EMBRC-FR and Constance are the first concerned. This committee defines the main strategic orientations with regard to the report of the Scientific Advisory Board and the associated required budgets. The CCSO interacts regularly with the heads of the operational units, supervises the various actions and discusses new orientations as often as possible. This committee must be set up and will meet at least once a month.  


    The Ethics Committee

    The Ethics Committee assists the IFB Directorate on legislative, ethical and societal issues relating to the fulfilment of all activities in the IFB's missions (e.g. protection of sensitive data, ethical issues related to personal genomics, etc.). It will be made up of scientists and deontologists. Its activities will include the evaluation of ethical issues, the organisation of intra-IFB and public debates as well as communication on ethical issues.   


    The Industrial Advisory Committee 

    The former Regulation and Quality Control Unit (CRCQ) is abolished. The implementation of the system quality management (ISO9001/NF X50-900), is currently carried out by a working group that defines and monitors performance indicators. This cell is currently composed of two directors, 5 pilots of the defined process, and Marie-Pierre Dubrulle. In addition, the IFB no longer wishes to undergo the complex process of obtaining the Health Data Hosting Agreement (Accord d'Hébergement de Données Médicales) in accordance with French legislation, as this aspect in particular will be handled by the Inserm's IT Services Department.

    Instead of transferring the data to our IT services, we develop strategies to move the software environment upstream of the data, in collaboration with the relevant actors (SSI Inserm). This strategy also corresponds to current trends in international data sharing. (e.g. ELIXIR's investment in the European 1 million genomes project).  


    The Valorisation and Communication Unit

    The Valorisation and Communication unit has been added. It will be made up of representatives of the Valorisation Services of each IFB supervisory authority (at least 5 people), the IFB directors, the coordinators of action A3.2 (links with the industry) and the person in charge of communicating the IFB's actions and results. The recommendations of the Industrial Advisory Committee will be used by this unit in order to prioritise actions dedicated to the valorisation of the IFB's services.

    Steering Committee

    Directors of the IFB : Claudine Medigue & Jacques van Helden

    Representatives of the regional centres:

    • IFB-NE : Maude Pupin (U. Lille) / Alternate : Julie Thompson (CNRS)
    • PRABI : Guy Perrière (CNRS) / Alternate : Philippe Veber (CNRS)
    • IFB-GS : Vincent Lefort (CNRS) / Alternate :  Jean-François Dufayard (CIRAD)
    • IFB-SO : Christine Gaspin (INRAe) et Macha Nikolski (CNRS) / Alternate : Alexis Groppi (CNRS)
    • IFB-GO : Olivier Collin (CNRS) et Erwan Corre (CNRS) / Alternate : Audrey Bihoué (CNRS)
    • APLIBIO : Pierre Tuffery (Inserm) et Ivan Moszer / Alternate : Daniel Gautheret (U. Paris Sud)
    • Director of IDRIS : Denis Girou (CNRS)
    • Director of France Génomique : Pierre Le Ber (CEA)


    Permanent guests :

    • Head of the IFB-core Infrastructure Unit : Christophe Blanchet (CNRS)
    • Heads of the IFB-core Communication, Training and Valorisation Unit : Victoria Dominguez Del Angel (CNRS) & Suzanne Lauriou (CNRS)
    • Administrator and manager  of the IFB-core : Valentin Saint-Léger (CNRS)


    Find all the minutes of meetings on the IFB Wiki. This Renater space is accessible, via institutional logins, to all platform members and people interested in our activities and who are referenced in the IFB mailing list. To request your addition to this list, contact us


    Other partner-institutions are also linked to the IFB as they are the supervisory structures of some of the platforms that make up the IFB:


    The IFB is one of the national support infrastructures for research specialized in Biology and Health (INBS - National Infrastructure in Biology and Health). The INBSs have strong mutual interactions strengthened by the IFB being at the crossroads of the flows of data of different types, all widespread in bioinformatics research. The major challenge in biology is to integrate data of diverse nature to gain a systemic vision of the organisms studied. The IFB is a major actor in this integration effort; it does by close collaborations with: 

    • France Génomique National Genomics Infrastructure 
    • MetaboHub  National Infrastructure in Metabolomics and Fluxomics
    • ProFi National Proteomics Infrastructure
    • FBI France BioImaging
    • FLI France Life Imaging
    • FRISBI National Infrastructure in structural bioinformatics
    • EMBRC-FR National Marine Living Resources Infrastructure


    WP1. National Distributed Bioinformatics Services Environment

    • Action 1.1 - NNCR, National Network of Computational Resources
      Leadership: Julien Seiler & Christophe Blanchet
    • Action 1.2 - Software and data environment: middleware, tools and workflows
      Leadership: Gildas Le Corguilé & Olivier Collin
    • Action 1.3 - Support for databases
      Leadership: Claudine Médigue & Guy Perrière
    • Action 1.4 - Catalogue of French bioinformatics resources
      Leadership: Hervé Ménager & Jacques van Helden
    • Action 1.5 - Access to end users
      Leadership: Christine Gaspin & Erwan Corre

    • Action 1.6 - Sharing of services with other national research support infrastructures
      Leadership: Christophe Bruley & Jean-françois Dufayard

    • Action 1.7 - Counselling and Guidance Desk
      Leadership: Vincent Lefort & Ivan Moszer


    WP2. Innovation: towards integrative bioinformatics

    • Action 2.1 - Pilot projects in collaboration with infrastructures and national research plans
      Leadership: Claudine Médigue, Etienne Thévenot & Olivier Sand
    • Action 2.2 - Call for challenges and the unblocking of technological and scientific barriers
      Leadership: Ivan Moszer & Jacques van Helden
    • Action 2.3 - Catalysing interoperability and integration between bioinformatics resources
      Leadership: Alban Gaignard & Marie-Dominique Devignes


    WP3. Links with international networks and industry

    • Action 3.1 - The IFB as the French node of the European ELIXIR network
      Leadership: Anne-Françoise Adam-Blondon & Claudine Médigue
    • Action 3.2 - Partnership with industries
      Leadership: Patrick Durand & Yves Vandenbrouck


    WP4. Training and awareness

    • Action 4.1 - Training
      Leadership: Hélène Chiapello & Jacques van Helden

    • Action 4.2 - Co-organisation of scientific activities with SFBI et GdR BIM
      Leadership: Morgane Thomas-Chollier (présidente SFBI) & Hélène Touzet (coordinatrice GDR BIM)
    • Action 4.3 - Communication & Valorization
      Leadership:  Claudine Médigue & Victoria Dominguez Del Angel


    WP5. Management et governance

    • Action 5.1 - Governance and coordination bodies
      Leadership: Claudine Médigue & Jacques van Helden
    • Action 5.2 - Quality management system
      Leadership: Claudine Médigue
    • Action 5.3 - IFB’s business model
      Leadership: Claudine Médigue