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Fascination of Plants Day 2017

May 18, 2017 – Inra Center of Versailles-Grignon

Fascination of Plants Day 2017
Plant biology for high school students...

On the Fascination of Plants Day 2017, the SPS LabEx organized a day of discovery of plant biology for high school students, in collaboration with the Inra Center of Versailles-Grignon.

At 10 am, on this Thursday morning of May, 70 students of 1ère S were comfortably settled in the Center amphitheater, taking notes on the SPS LabEx and on the interest of studying plants, these amazing organisms indispensable to the human being. After this « teaser » introduction, the students began their series of activities, with visits of laboratories and greenhouses, interspersed with different workshops that allowed them to manipulate (both literally and figuratively) the concepts of plant biomass or symbiosis, and to think about what is an experimental approach. After the well-deserved lunch break, back to the amphitheater for a presentation showing them that computers are not only useful for surfing the Internet, but also help us to answer scientific questions through the modeling of physiological mechanisms in plants. Finally, we ended this day of discovery with a discussion about the professions in research, with numerous testimonials from LabEx members who described their educational background and career history, explained their activities and answered the questions of the students, who are currently imagining their future.

Fascination of Plants Day 2017

According to the answers to the satisfaction questionnaire that we distributed at the end of the day, the vast majority of the students found that our animation, although dense, had been interesting and/or enriching. And we were both surprised and delighted to find that many of these high school students were thinking about a scientific career, maybe in research and especially in plants. If this trend is confirmed, we might receive some of them for internships in the coming years. Who knows…

In any case, this event would not have been such a success without the many LabEx members who worked on the organization and animation of the day: Corine Enard, Valérie Méchin, Quentin Barriere, Philippe Andrey, Emmanuelle Issakidis-Bourguet Pascale Leroux, Tan-Trung Nguyen, Clement Cuello, Lilian Dahuron, Patrick Grillot, Philippe Maréchal, Sébastien Antelme, Ivan Le Masson, Florence Charlot, François Perreau, Carine Gery, Anouchka Guyon, Matthieu Simon, Christian Meyer, Christine Soulié, Fabienne Granier, Corine Enard, Maxence Pfeiffer, Boris Collet and Martine Thomas.

A big thank you to all of them !!

What is the Fascination of Plants Day?

This international day of plant celebration is sponsored by the European Organization for Plant Science (EPSO). The aim of this day is to show the world the interest to work on plants and the importance this field of study can have for agriculture, sustainable food production, energy and the environment. Visit the website dedicated to the event.

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