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Testimonial of Rachel Nadif, Chair of the Expert Committee on Air

Rachel Nadif, respiratory health epidemiologiste at Inserm, has been contributing to ANSES expert committees since 2017. Find out why she became an ANSES expert and what she has to say about her experience.

Rachel Nadif

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together" – a proverb that accurately summarises the Expert Committee’s mission

The value of research

When I became an expert at ANSES, I really saw how the results of health research are used. Our mission as experts consists in analysing data from the scientific community in a variety of fields, depending on the topic: toxicology, epidemiology, modelling, microbiology, chemistry, etc. After a 30-year career in biological and epidemiological research, this mission was an opportunity for me to find new meaning in my work. Indeed, being an expert at ANSES allows me to understand how research can help to answer a public health question, such as “What are the health effects of exposure to mould in the home?” or “How does road traffic affect air pollution?”.

Sharing and learning from one another

I never thought I’d learn so much within the Expert Committee. It’s been an extremely rewarding human and intellectual experience. We’re all scientists with very different backgrounds. We have a wide variety of skills and each one of us has our own way of approaching a problem. It’s therefore very stimulating to be able to learn from one another. We all need to be attentive and open to each other’s ideas. It’s important for us to be able to express our own opinions and analyses of things. Our discussions are therefore about comparing and sharing views that become a complementary whole.

Working together as a committee

The purpose of the committee is to issue conclusions based on a common product, i.e. the expert appraisal report. Through our discussions, we have to summarise scientific knowledge and provide an answer to a specific question. We also make recommendations for various stakeholders, including the authorities, professionals, and the general public. We make sure to take account of the feasibility and applicability of the recommendations made. Our scientific output addresses questions from society in particular. For example, in the expert appraisal on microsensors, we assessed the usefulness and quality of the data on exposure to air pollution obtained using these technologies; we also highlighted the need for further research. Thinking about this collective work brings to mind an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.

Call for applications: come and be an ANSES expert!

ANSES is launching a call for applications to renew its expert groups in environmental and occupational health. Come and take part in the production of health benchmarks that are essential to public policy-making (on water and air quality, exposure to toxic chemicals at work and in everyday life, endocrine disruptors, radiofrequencies, nanomaterials, etc.), while enhancing your career with a unique scientific and human experience.

ANSES is renewing six expert committees in environmental and occupational health, and five related working groups. This call for applications is open until 15 March 2024

>> View the call for applications (in French)