The SIMA Innovation Awards judging panel

Find out who judges the SIMA Innovation Awards entries

A panel of specialists

To ensure a comprehensive study of every application, the panel is composed of the best French and international specialists. More than 20 members, scientific directors, senior research fellow, engineers, professors as well as repeat users of equipment, gather their knowledge to elect a unique prize list!
To examine every application, the panel members also call on the expertise of technical specialists and users from their network. Almost one hundred experts bring their advices and knowledge to elect the awards list.
Thanks to them, each successive roll of honour of the SIMA Innovation Awards serves as a reference in the sectors of agricultural equipment, technologies and services.

Panel Members

Chairman of the Panel 

Christian HUYGHE

INRAE - National Research Institute For Agriculture, Food And Environment

Scientific Director

SIMA'S Technology Advisers, Panel Spokespeople

Photo de Stephane Chapuis
Stéphane CHAPUIS

FNCUMA - national federation of the cooperative for the use of agricultural equipment -

AgroEcoTech department manager

Photo de Frederic Vigier

Bordeaux Sciences Agro

Lecturer in Automation and Machinery Engineering, precision agriculture expert. Author of the reference book about precision agriculture: “Agriculture de précision. Les nouvelles technologies au service d’une agriculture écologiquement intensive".

The members of the jury

Photo de Rene Autellet


Agricultural machinery expert - Member of the French Academy of Agriculture

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Guillaume BOCQUET

AXEMA - trade association of the Agricultural Equipment industry -

Engineering consultant - Technical Pole Manager

Photo d'Eugenio Cavallo

IMAMOTER - Institute for Agricultural and Earth-Moving Machines -- CNR National Research Council of Italy

Research Director

Photo de Pierre Clavel

Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Inspector in Health and Safety at work

Photo de Julien HERAULT

Nuffield & Conseil Agroéquipement

Farmer, instructor and independant consultant in agricultural machinery

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Florentino JUSTE

Institute of Agricultural Techniques of Valencia - Spain

Professor of Research, former president of EurAgEng (the European Society of Agricultural Engineering).

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Thierry LANGLE


Head of Agricultural Section - Service consulting & Approval in Environment

Photo d'Olivier Miserque

Wallonia Public Service - Agriculture Department - Belgium

Scientific Officer

Photo de Benoit Moreau

MSA - the Agricultural Mutual Assistance Association- Central Fund

National Advisor in prevention of occupational risks

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Jean-Luc PÉRÈS

PCMA, Former Trame BCMA and APCA

Agricultural machinery expert, consultant, 25 years of experience in agro-equipment. Spraying Public Interest Grouping (GIP) policy officer.

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Emmanuel PIRON

INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment - Clermont Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Center

Manager of the Spreading Technological Research Unit

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Louis-Claude PITTET

DGAV - Directorate-General for Agriculture and Veterinary Affairs – Switzerland

Agrilogie Marcelin workshop manager, mechanics teacher Ex Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Claas, Renault & John Deere

Photo de Xavier Reboud

INRAE - National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment -

Director of Research, agroecology and digital mission head

Simon RITZ


Holder of the Chair of Agro-Machinism and New Technologies

Mehdi SINE

ACTA - Agricultural technical institutes

Scientific, technical and digital director

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Christophe TISSIER

CEMA -European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association -

Technical Advisor, mechanical engineer, standardization and homologation expert

Photo de Gilles VK

Gilles vk, Farmer, Youtuber

Grain farmer, France Agri Twittos member #FrAgTw

Nicolas WALTER

French Chambers Of Agriculture

Livestock farming and agriculture equipment unit policy officer