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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

7th European Plant Science Retreat (EPSR)

EPSR 2015
July 10th - 13th 2015 – University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

In 2007, the PhD students of three European graduate schools in Plant Sciences (Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS, The Netherlands), International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS, Germany) and Sciences du Végétal (SdV, France)) initiated a scientific collaboration network to improve exchange among European doctoral candidates in Plant Sciences.

Since 2008, this network has held a yearly European Plant Science Retreat (EPSR), a symposium organized “by and for doctoral candidates” of the partner institutes, of which the research fields covered are highly related and complementary. The objective of this symposium is to facilitate interactions among doctoral candidates, experienced researchers and actors from the business world, in the framework of a high-level scientific event. The international nature of the event also encourages collaborations and mobility of PhD students in the network.

PhD retreat

EPSR 2014 - © Doc’en herbe

The EPSR has taken place successively at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), MIP Cologne (Germany), Université Paris-Sud (France), John Innes Centre/Sainsbury Laboratory (England), VIB University of Gent (Belgium) and University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). The last EPSR, in Amsterdam, gathered 126 people coming from 10 countries, with talks from several world-renowned scientists as well as representatives of major international companies.

The Doctoral School ED145 “Sciences du Végétal : du gène à l'écosystème” of the University Paris-Sud, one of the doctoral schools at the origin of the event, has about 120 French and international doctoral candidates who conduct their research work in Paris and the Paris region, in research institutes associated with INRA, CNRS, University Paris-Sud, University Pierre et Marie Curie, University Paris-Diderot, ENS and AgroParisTech. About 80% of the doctoral candidates working in laboratories involved in the SPS LabEx are attached to this doctoral school.

The “Doc’en herbe” association, managed on a volunteer basis by doctoral candidates of the ED 145, contributes to the PhD experience by creating opportunities for exchange by organizing social and scientific events such as the “PhD Days” (annual 2-day conference for all the ED 145 PhD students) or the EPSR.

Since 2012, the SPS LabEx SPS supports the EPSR each year and has already contributed to the participation of many ED 145 students in this event (36 in 2012 in Norwich, 13 in 2013 in Ghent, 24 in 2014 in Amsterdam, representing a total of 13,000 euros of financial support from SPS).

This year, the ED 145 doctoral candidates, through the “Doc’en herbe” association, are in charge of organizing the EPSR. It will take place on the Jussieu campus (University Pierre et Marie Curie) in the heart of Paris, in recently refurbished premises. Several leading scientists, Fabien Nogué (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, France), Olivier Hamant (ENS Lyon, France), Eva Benkova (Institute of Science and Technology, Austria) and Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid (Gregor Mendel Institute, Austria) have already agreed to present their work and participate in the meeting. Moreover, the presence of representatives of industry will help the students to discover the world of private research and its satellite careers, providing them with the opportunity to meet those who may be their future employers.

The SPS LabEx has awarded 10,000 euros to “Doc'en herbe” this year, in order to contribute to the success of EPSR2015, a major event for the plant sciences doctoral candidates of the Paris area.