Professor Claire Chenu - Biography

Professor Claire Chenu

Professor Claire Chenu is a Professor of Soil Sciences at AgroParisTech with a strong academic track record, accomplished experience of the science-policy-practice interface and committed involvement in awareness raising activities. 

Claire Chenu is the Vice-Chair of the CSPNB (Conseil Scientifique du Patrimoine Naturel et de la Biodiversité), an advisory committee on biodiversity and natural heritage to the Minister of Ecology (France) that recently published recommendations regarding soil policy at the national level.

As Chair of the scientific committee of the GESSOL program, a multidisciplinary research program of the French ministry of Ecology, she is also tasked to conceive and supervise the translation of stakeholders and public policy's knowledge needs into valid research questions and with the transfer to end-users of newly acquired scientific results from a wide range of disciplines, encompassing law, sociology, economy, ecology, hydrology and soil sciences.

She actively contributes to awareness raising activities on soil and has been nominated Special ambassador of the UN International Year of Soils in 2015 by the FAO.

At the international level, she is a member of several committees, such as the steering committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation Research Program on soils (NRP68), the scientific committee of the German Biodiversity observatories, the scientific advisory board of the FACCE-JPI. She is vice-president of the international Scientific and Technical Comittee of the 4 per 1000 initiative on soils for food security and climate.

Her personal research deals with soil organic matter in soils, its dynamics, stabilization processes explaining carbon storage in soils, interaction with soil structure and changes with cropping practices. She is co-editor in chief of the journal Soil Biology and Biochemistry.