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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Editorial

Dear all,

The last few months have been particularly rich in events organized by or with the SPS LabEx, in all areas ranging from training young scientists to raising the general public awareness, including research, of course, but also promoting innovation. We can mention for example the Seed Biology Paris Summer School (June 28th–July 3rd), the International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (ICAR2015, July 5th-9th) and a satellite conference on post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression (PGRP, July 10th-11th) that took place during summer. More recently, we participated in the “Fête de la Science” (Science Festival, October 9th-11th) and organized the second Saclay Plant'Innov’ meeting (October 15th). The success of the last edition demonstrates the growing interest of our academic community for innovation issues and the importance of our work for the industrial sector.

Our working environment continues to develop rapidly. The first school year at the new Université Paris-Saclay was opened in September. The building 630 in Orsay now houses all the teams of the new IPS2 Institute. Teams from the Gif-sur-Yvette campus have settled in September and they have just been joined by the teams from Evry. Moreover, we received several requests from teams wishing to join the LabEx, emphasizing the attractiveness of our project. The new call (SPS2020) designed to generate large collaborative projects to support innovation activities for the second phase of the LabEx is closed. Ten projects have been received and are being evaluated by the members of our International Scientific Advisory Board. Finally, the Executive Committee approved the SPINN project which aims at developing innovation activities and partnerships with companies in SPS.

Loïc Lepiniec (coordinator)