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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Winning ticket for the "Saclay Plant Sciences Graduate School of Research" project


On last October 24, the government released the results of the "Graduate School of Research" call for projects, launched as part of the Investments for the Future program. Verdict: the project “Saclay Plant Sciences Graduate School of Research” (SPS-GSR), submitted in June by the Université Paris-Saclay plant sciences community, was one of the laureates! Competition was tough, as only 29 projects were selected out of the 194 submitted at the national level. This announcement came as excellent news at the end of the SPS LabEx Meeting, which took place on October 23 and 24, in the presence of our International Advisory Board.

Plants are a major stake for our societies in terms of biological models, sources of biodiversity, basis of the food chains and for the sustainable production of raw materials and molecules of interest for health, well-being, industry, agriculture and the environment. The Université Paris-Saclay is one of the European's leading campuses of research and education in "Plant Sciences", with respect to size, impact and academic quality. Our community brings together about 700 people (55 teams and 5 institutes from 9 institutions of research (INRA, CNRS, CEA) and education (AgroParisTech, UPSud, UP7, UEVE, UVSQ, UPSaclay), with dedicated Master, Engineer and PhD programs in Plant Sciences.

Our main objective is to build on these strengths and the Saclay Plant Sciences LabEx (SPS) to become one of the best universities in the world in this discipline for the three components: (1) fundamental and applied research, (2) education and training through research, and (3) innovation and transfer. It is therefore a question, for academic activities, of moving on to a higher level of interaction between research and education and between the various actors involved (universities, a “grand école” and research institutions). Funding and participation of the partners involved will allow us to overcome structural obstacles of the current system, in particular the gap between the research and teaching activities, which still remains too large. Together with this overhaul, we will increase the internationalization of teaching programs, in order to further improve the attractiveness of the UPSaclay, for both students and teachers / researchers.

To achieve this ambition, we propose, together with all the partners, to coordinate the activities covered by the SPS LabEx within the new Graduate School of Research “SPS-GSR”, to extend its scope to additional teams and to develop new topics and actions relevant to research, education and / or innovation. Funding and coordination of the activities of the various partners within the SPS-GSR will facilitate the establishment of new interactions between research and teaching, as well as the internationalization of these courses. Finally, the SPS-GSR will provide a permanent framework for reflection and animation to adapt its activities to changes of the academic, scientific and socio-economic contexts. Thus, SPS-GSR will ensure the quality, relevance and visibility of our research, teaching, training and innovation activities at the highest level, and thus is expected to strongly boost the impact and attractiveness of Paris-Saclay in Plant Sciences.

This 10-year project should start to be implemented in 2018.