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Plant Sciences: from Genes to Ecosystems

L'école doctorale

The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School "Plant Sciences (SEVE ex-SdV)" offers to graduate students from biology and agronomy studies, a training in and through research in the vast interdisciplinary field of plant research (and beyond by integrating other non-plant models) and all its methodological and analytical approaches. 
The themes of ED SEVE are as follows:
→    Morphogenesis and Developmental Biology
→    Responses to Biotic and Abiotic Stresses
→    Genome dynamics and expression
→    Reproductive and Seed Physiology
→    Plant breeding
→    Plant-microorganism interactions
→    Systematics and Evolution 
→    Plant Ecophysiology
→    Population and Community Ecology - Functional Ecology
These studies range from gene to ecosystem, using concepts and tools from biochemistry, biophysics, imaging, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell biology, modeling and bioinformatics.

Upon completion of the thesis, graduates will receive the degree of "doctor" in one of the following specialties:

  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Agronomy
  • Plant Sciences

 Our host teams

The ED SEVE brings together most of the research teams in the Ile de France area working on these themes within the components of the University of Paris-Saclay (INRAe, CNRS, CEA, UFR des Sciences, University Versailles Saint-Quentin, University of Evry, AgroParisTech) and also some research teams located outside the perimeter of the University of Paris-Saclay, in Paris Intra-muros. 
The ED SEVE is part of  « Saclay Plant Sciences Graduate School of Research (SPS-GSR) » 

Hosted research teams

Who are we ?

The direction of the school

Director: Marianne DELARUE

Email :
Address : Office : 1.53 - Building : 630 
Institute of Plant Sciences Paris Saclay (IPS2)
Rue Noezlin  Plateau du Moulon 91192 - Gif-sur-Yvette cedex
Tel. : 01 69 15 33 98 

Vice Director : Sophie NADOT

Email :
Address : Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution (ESE) 
Building IDEEV 680, 12 route 128, 91190 Gif sur Yvette
Tel. : 01 69 15 56 65


Assistante :  Samantha ABGRALL

Email :  
Address : Institute of Plant Sciences Paris Saclay (IPS2) Office : 1.103- Building 630 "Enseignements" rue Noetzlin  Plateau du Moulon
91192 - Gif-sur-Yvette cedex
Tel : 01 69 15 76 09 


The Council of the doctoral school

•    I2BC : Benoît ALUNNI, Sylvain MERLOT
•    ESE : Nicolas DELPIERRE, Jeanne ROPARS, Claire DAMESIN 
•    IJPB : Rozenn LE HIR, Isabelle DEBEAUJON, Michelle CREN-REISDORF, Eric JENCZEWSKI, Oumaya BOUCHABKE, Françoise BUDAR, Mathilde FAGARD
•    BIOGER : Thierry ROUXEL, Muriel VIAUD  
•    IBPC-IBENS : Catherine DE VITRY, Clara BOURBOUSSE  
•    MOULON : Timothée FLUTRE, Domenica MANICACCI
•    IPS2 : Christine LELANDAIS, Cécile RAYNAUD, Adnane BOUALEM, Ariane GRATIAS-WEIL



DOCTORAL STUDENTS : they  have been elected following the General Assembly of 16/10/2022 and votes by mail.

  • Alice CHANTEAU 1Y, IJPB - Titular
  • Bérangère DECOUARD 3Y, IJPB - Alternate
  • Suzie DERMINON 2Y, ESE - Titular
  • Côme EMMENECKER 3Y, IJPB - Alternate
  • Manon LARDOS 2Y, IJPB - Titular
  • Oumyma MHAMDI 1Y, IJPB Alternate
  • Julie NOAH 3Y BIOGER – Titular
  • Mathias PENOT 1Y, IBENS - Titular

Reports of Doctoral School Councils

PhD Students Associations : DOC' EN HERBE 

The association Doc' en Herbe is a group of happy volunteer PhD Candidates who invest in the running and organization of the Doctoral School “Sciences du Végétal” and who organise regular convivial meetings. The members of the association meet with the direction team of the Doctoral School when necessary to exchange information and let the management team know about the general climate and any problems in preparation for the council meetings, and for working out details of the organization of the PhD-Days and the general assembly.

The elections took place on October, 12th 2022.

  • Oumayma Mhamdi : présidente
  • Amina Ilyas : vice-présidente
  • Alice Chanteau : treasurer

Doc' en herbe's team organizes the PhD Days  every year.
What are the PhD Days? These are three exciting days during which you will attend the doctoral school's annual general meeting (you will elect your representatives!), a talk of a prestigious guest speaker and you will have the opportunity to present your research (oral or poster) to the other doctoral school's students. You will also have the opportunity to think about the future during a round table organized with doctors from ED SEVE who now work in the academic research or the private sector! 


Act for Doctoral candidates and young DOCtors (ADDOC  ) was first founded in 1995, and reanimated in 2009, for all doctoral candidates and young doctors of all disciplines of the university. ADDOC informs and represents doctoral candidates and young doctors, defending their rights before university and national administrative councils and providing information for the advancement of their careers.


General Assembly of the ED SEVE Sciences du Végétal on  October 12, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Find the slideshow of the presentation HERE:





Future thesis defenses clic here

Past thesis defences since september 2015 clic here


And find us on profesionnal Networks

 TWITTER : @DocSchoolPLant

LinkedIn: Marianne Delarue

LinkedIn Alumni








Regulatory texts

All regulatory texts are available HERE



HDR (habilitation to supervise research) and ADR (autorisation à encadrer un doctorant sans HDR) in french and in english


French HDR: Habilitation to Supervise Research
ADR: Autorisation à Diriger un doctorant sans HDR

- How to obtain an HDR? HDR equivalence

- Obtaining an authorization to supervise a doctoral student without an HDR

- Supervising doctoral students, a real job (only in french)

The Cadithe cafés are a place to exchange on difficulties encountered and to share solutions, created for PhD supervisors. You can find the information HERE.

- Training for doctoral supervision

For the past ten years, the Plant Sciences Doctoral School has been organising a very comprehensive training course on doctoral supervision. This training is provided by the service provider Belpaeme Conseil and takes place in 3 sessions of 2 days. The 2021 course is currently underway. This training is open to all the doctoral schools of the University of Paris Saclay, which will be asked to distribute the next training offer to their teams when the time comes.

The University of Paris Saclay also organises training on this theme.


Le doctorat

The Doctoral School "Sciences du Végétal: du gène à l'écosystème" aims at training the best PhD students in our field and to prepare them for a bright future in a more and more competitive world.

What is a thesis?

Your doctorate is more than simply the research work. We also expect you to take some training courses, about 100 hours over the course of the three years of your PhD. These can be detailed training in methods or techniques relevant to your research, courses on broader career skills such as presenting in public, teaching, science writing or popularising science or other courses of general interest.

The Doctoral School also considers that attendence of international meetings can count towards these training hours, but how much must be verified each time. A specialised workshop on the research topic will count less as a training than as a research activity, for example.

You also need to organise annual meetings of your Thesis Committee (see this topic in the Main Menu) and attend meetings of the Committee for Professonal Insertion (see this topic in the Main Menu).


Joining our PhD programs

IIn order to do a PhD with us you must have funding. Our doctoral candidates have funding from diverse sources: Those who succeeded in the annual competition for fellowships are funded by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (see the section “The annual competition”). 

  • Doctoral Fellowships 

Each year the Ministry of Higher Education and Research grants doctoral fellowships to the doctoral schools via the Universities. Each Doctoral School organises a competition to choose their future doctoral candidates - for this Doctoral School the competition takes place in late June. Thesis projets for the current year are posted on our site in March.

  • Other sources of funding

Others are financed by research projects obtained by their supervisors, by partnerships with private industry or by the French Ministry of Foreign Affaires or their national governments. 

In either case you will need to secure the support of a PhD supervisor. Please, therefore, before contacting the Doctoral School, contact potential thesis supervisors and find one who is interested in supervising of your thesis or accepting you as candidate for the competition. To find the research teams and supervisors who interest you, please go to “Research teams for PhD students” and visit their web sites.

All of our doctoral candidates must have a salary, either from public (e.g. university, regional authorities, research foundations...) or private (e.g. industry) sources.


  • Scholarships from the French (BGF) or foreign governments (BGE) 

The Agency Campus France organises international scientific mobility and manages many foreign scholarships. You can find a listing of their scholarships here
Foreign governements also finance doctoral studies of their nationals. Try to find out about support from your government for doing your PhD abroad.

Joint program of the University Paris Saclay and CSC Chinese Scholarship Council

  • CIFRE Scholarships

CIFREs are partnerships between industry and the public research sector. The thesis takes 3 years and places the doctoral candidate at the public-private sector interface. The ANRT (Association Nationale Recherche Autonomie) coordinates CIFREs.

  • International joint PhD program (Cotutelle) 

More information

A thesis can be carried out in cooperation between two countries, with a supervisor from each. This requires a formal agreement between the universities in the two countries.  The thesis is then carried out following these criteria: 

– the doctoral candidate is under cosupervision; 
– the thesis work is carried out in in both places; 
– the language of the dissertation is fixed by the formal agreement;  
– there is a single oral defence in one of the countries, fixed by the formal agreement, but the doctor receives two doctoral diplomas. 
International Relations of University Paris-Saclay provides some financial support for doctoral candidates carrying out a thesis in "cotutelle".


What is a Doctoral student?

The PhD student is a researcher in training. 

A doctoral training programme is a training-by-doing programme based on the doctoral research project, organised by a doctoral school, completed through a professional research experience within a recognised research group.

The doctoral thesis and original scientific work undertaken during the doctorate are defended by the doctoral candidates in an oral presentation. The PhD work takes the form of a dissertation, the thesis, of which the PhD student is the sole author and which is subject to a legal deposit.

The doctorate can be prepared as an initial educational programme, either full-time or as part of a vocational in-service programme. In any case, all scientific, material and financial conditions must be met to ensure the successful completion of the doctoral training project.

We recommend that you first read carefully the sections below, which specify generically the characteristics of doctoral education and what's expected from you. Also check carefully the web pages of the doctoral school that interrests you, to learn about the doctoral school own rules and expectations. 

More information here

Sujets de thèse, admission et concours

ADMISSION to Doctoral School of Plant Sciences

To be able to register for a PhD at the Doctoral School of Plant Sciences of the University of Paris-Saclay, it is first necessary to obtain an admission conditional on a funding, for the entire duration of the PhD (36 months minimum except in the case of cotutelle), in order to carry out a thesis project within a research team affiliated to the ED. 

This admission can be done by several ways: 

  • The COMPETITION for access to the Ministry's doctoral contracts organized by the Doctoral School and held each year in June. The subjects and application procedures are detailed below: "Competition of the ED SEVE WHITE PROGRAM GS-BIOSPHERA"

The ED COMPETITION will take place from 12 to 14 June 2023

The thesis topics proposed for the competition will be posted on the University website from 10 March 2023.

The deadline for applications is midnight on 11 May 2023.

  • DIFFERENT RECRUITMENT PROGRAMS are also held at different times of the year, for example the CSC Chinese Scholarship Council, the ENS normaliens programs, the ADI cotutelles (Actions Doctorales Internationales), etc... The calls for applications can be consulted via this link 
  • THE WAY OUT OF COMPETITION on own funding acquired by the laboratories (ANR, ERC, etc...): applications directly to the laboratories then interview with the Doctoral School Management. 
  • For candidates who have their OWN FUNDING (cotutelle, Eiffel grant, etc...), contact directly a potential supervisor of the laboratories affiliated to our ED in order to build together a thesis project. 

The thesis topics of the different recruitment programs are available via this link




    Inscription et réinscription

    Enrolment in our Doctoral School consists of 3 phases:

    1. admission 
    2. pedagogical registration 
    3. administrative registration

    For new foreign doctoral students: contact the GATE (“Guichet Accueil des Talents Etrangers”) to help you with your administrative procedures.


     What framework for my PhD? information here

    The doctorate can be obtained in 3 different settings.

    The registration fees are identical in all 3 cases.

    Registration for initial training is done in continuity with a master's degree or other training leading to a master's degree.

    In initial training, the doctorate is prepared on a full-time basis. The initial duration of the thesis preparation is 3 years. Beyond 3 years, extensions of the thesis preparation period are possible, as an exception.

    Funding dedicated to the preparation of the thesis is required for an initial training registration. The reference amount of this financing corresponds to the remuneration of the doctoral contract under public law and the minimum amount is the SMIC.
    Exemptions from this funding threshold may be requested from the head of the institution.

    Registration for lifelong learning concerns two categories of people:

    • Those who obtained their last higher education diploma more than one year before the desired date of first registration in a doctoral program (whether the thesis is prepared full-time or part-time and whatever the conditions of financing envisaged);
    • Those who plan to prepare their thesis in parallel with a main activity other than the preparation of the thesis, whatever the date of obtaining their last diploma. The main activity is understood as the one that brings more than half of the income (this category includes the cases of candidates without income from activity)

    In lifelong learning, the doctorate can be prepared on a part-time basis. The duration initially set for the preparation of the thesis depends on the time that can be devoted to the preparation of the thesis and is between 3 and 6 years. A derogation must be requested to extend the thesis beyond the initial duration. In other words, no derogation will be requested before the end of the duration of the thesis initially set whether it is 3, 4, 5 or 6 years.

    In all cases, no funding is required for the preparation of the thesis, but an FTLV commission ensures, before the first registration in the doctoral program, that the material and financial conditions are met for the proper preparation of the thesis.

    The doctoral degree is awarded after the defense of a thesis or the presentation of a body of original scientific work.

    Unlike registration in the IF or FTLV programs, registration for a doctorate in the VAE program is done when the original scientific work constitutes a coherent whole that allows for a defense. It may have been carried out entirely outside the academic framework or with a formalized link, for example, by a voluntary research agreement with a laboratory.

    Initial training PhD at Plant Sciences: from Genes to Ecosystems Doctoral School

    To be able to register, it is first necessary to obtain an admission conditional on a funding, for the entire duration of the PhD (36 months minimum except in the case of cotutelle), in order to carry out a thesis project within a research team affiliated to the ED. 

    This admission can be done by several ways: 

    • The COMPETITION for access to the Ministry's doctoral contracts organised by the Doctoral School and which takes place every year in June. The subjects and application modalities are detailed in the section “COMPETITION AND SUBJECTS OF THESIS "
    • The WAY OUT OF COMPETITION: interview with the Direction of the Doctoral School and/or its council, along the year, according to the proposals of financed projects.

    Funding is sometimes associated with a thesis subject proposed by a laboratory, in other cases it is up to the doctoral student to take the necessary steps to obtain one. 
    If you have such funding (CIFRE, Cotutelle, Eiffel scholarship, etc.), you can contact directly a potential supervisor of laboratories affiliated to our ED in order to build together a thesis project. 

    The different sources of funding for theses are listed HERE.



    Registrations/re-registrations at the Doctoral School are dematerialised. 


    The registrations/re-registrations for the year 2022/2023 are open from June 1st, 2022.

    For re-registrations, please connect directly to your ADUM personal space.

    You passed the competition of the ED

    You did not pass the competition of the ED

    Login to your ADUM space:


    Create your ADUM account:



    Please fill in all the fields CAREFULLY, even if they are not obligatory (without *). If the file is not filled in correctly, it will not be validated by the Doctoral School and you will not be able to register.

    For all of you: after filling in all the sections and uploading the .pdf with all the supporting documents, you must click on "I am finalising the procedure" in order to start the automatic circuit for dematerialised signatures.

    You will need to read the Doctoral Charter and commit yourself by signing it on ADUM.


    Enrolment in 1st year of thesis : Application deadline November 30, 2022

    Documents to be deposited on ADUM: to be scanned to create a single PDF file that will be uploaded in the "Documents to be attached" section, in addition to your recent photo to be deposited on ADUM in the reserved area.

    • certificate of payment or exemption CVEC (Academy of Versailles)*
    • photocopy of the French diploma or certificate of completion of the master's degree (or diploma conferring an equivalent degree)
    • or, for non-French diplomas: a detailed CV, transcripts and list of courses taken, a photocopy of the last diploma obtained 
    • copy of your national identity card or passport ( and a valid residence permit or visa for foreigners from outside Europe or the receipt for an appointment to obtain a residence permit))
    • proof of funding for your thesis (work contract, scholarship certificate, doctoral contract, etc.)  Exception: 1st years who benefit from a doctoral contract for which the employeer is University Paris-Saclay  (admitted following ED competition, handicap contract, ENS...) and who have not yet received it, do not have to provide this document.
    • in the case of cotutelle: provide the signed cotutelle agreement and the certificate of enrolment in the other establishment if you already have it
    • certificate of public liability insurance for the current year ( (until the end of August of the following year)
    • social security certificate for the current year

    * INFOS CVEC (student life and campus contribution): compulsory contribution of 95€ for all. Choose the Academy of Versailles you depend on 
    Don't forget to download your certificate.

    If you are exempt from CVEC (e.g. co-supervision and exemption from fees in 2022/2023 according to your agreement), please download your CVEC exemption certificate which must also be provided.

    A few tips for filling out some sections in ADUM

    • In the tab "Administrative attachment": ask your thesis director to which CNU section he or she belongs (between 64 and 69).
    • In the tab "Course of the thesis" no need to inform the "Parrain de thèse".


    Re-registrations in 2nd and 3rd year of thesis : deadline November 30, 2022

    Documents to be deposited on ADUM: to be scanned to form a single PDF file that will be uploaded in the section "Documents to be attached", in addition to your recent photo to be deposited on ADUM in the reserved area. 

    • certificate of payment or exemption CVEC (Academy of Versailles)
    • a valid residence permit or visa for foreigners from outside Europe or the receipt for an appointment to obtain a residence permit)
    • proof of funding for your thesis (work contract, scholarship certificate, doctoral contract, etc.)
    • certificate of liability insurance for the current year (until the end of August of the following year)
    • valid social security certificate  for the current year
    • Report of your last individual thesis monitoring committee (CSI): form signed and dated by the members of the committee plus summary written by the doctoral student (see HERE) that you must download in the tab "Individual monitoring committee".

    Please note: the university transfer form is only required for re-registration in the 2nd and 3rd year if you come from a university other than Paris Saclay

    A few tips for filling out some sections in ADUM

    • In the tab "Skills and Portfolio" please fill in all the relevant boxes for you, for example :

    o    heading "technical skills" or "transversal skills" if you have acquired new ones during your thesis.
    o    section "Professional experiences or internships" if you have spent time in other labs or participated in conferences, workshops, etc.
    o    heading "teaching done" if you are doing or have done a doctoral mission for example

    • In the section "Individual monitoring committee" you have to indicate the names of all the members of your thesis committee, including those from outside the Doctoral School. Do not forget to submit the post-committee report as well as the follow-up sheet of your last thesis committee.


    Re-enrolment in 4th year and up:

    Doctoral students who defend their thesis before 31/12/2022 do not register and do not pay neither the fees nor the CVEC. They must have declared their defense and submitted their manuscript (1st submission) before 30/11/2022.

    • If you have an extension agreement due to "Covid"

    You must provide the same documents in a single .pdf as for a 2nd or 3rd year and also include proof of your "Covid" funding extension agreement. 

    • If you do not have a "Covid" extension agreement

    In addition to the documents to be provided in a single .pdf on ADUM, you must include the " Formulaire de dérogation portant sur la durée de la thèse " duly signed by all signatories . You complete this form, collect the signatures and send it to Marianne DELARUE for validation. Attention! You must also attach the favorable opinion of the monitoring committee to justify this derogation, either in the report of the 2nd committee, or in the form of the 3rd committee (at the end of the document). 


    Doctoral students who defend their thesis before 31/03/2023

    The attestation of defence must be completed before 31/03/2023, they register and pay the CVEC on ADUM before taking any steps to defend their thesis, and preferably before 30 November 2022 in order to be exempted from registration fees. As a reminder, if the defence does not take place before 31/03/2023, the doctoral student must pay the €380.00 fees.



    Once ADUM has been filled in with the supporting documents, the pedagogical registration can be proposed by the ED. For this it is necessary to obtain electronic signatures:

    • The thesis supervisor
    • The director of the research unit
    • From the direction of the ED 

    The electronic signature of the ED is conditional to an individual interview either with Marianne Delarue ( or with Sophie Nadot ( during which the progress of the thesis and the professional project of the doctoral student will be exposed.  

    The dematerialized registration procedure integrates the "signature" by the actors concerned of the Doctoral Charter (1st registration - doctoral student and thesis director) and of the individual training agreement (1st registration and re-registration - doctoral student, thesis director, research unit director).




    The administrative registration is done in connection with the scolar services of the UFR des Sciences de l'Université Paris-Saclay: (Maison du doctorat - ENS Paris-Saclay, 4 avenue des Sciences, 91190 Gif/Yvette ).

    This registration is dematerialized on the ADUM website.

    The list of documents required for this administrative registration is available on the link below:

    We advise you to upload the same .PDF as for the pedagogical registration.

    Once the documents have been uploaded in the dedicated space and the registration agreement of the doctoral school obtained, you can proceed to the online payment of the tuition fees of 380€.

    You will then be able to obtain your school certificate on your ADUM space

    Student cards:

    PhD students enrolled in the 1st year will receive a student card via the ED that will be valid until the end of December 2023. Ask the assistant for the date of edition.

    Doctoral students who are re-enrolled in 2nd, 3rd year and more will receive an email to download their dematerialized card for 2022/2023 on their smartphone. Please keep the physical card issued last year, which will be required for access to the library, for example. Doctoral students who do not have a smartphone will have to apply for a physical card for 2022/2023.


    Formation doctorale et suivi


    Doctoral training

    Doctoral training consists of training through research (acquired through the completion of the thesis project) supplemented by additional training enabling the doctoral student to acquire a set of professional and personal skills. Once graduated, the young doctor is a professional whose skills, acquired through doctoral training, can be used in many sectors of activity, whether or not related to research.

    3 training courses are compulsory during the PhD:

    • Research ethics and scientific integrity
    • Open science issues
    • Sustainable development.

    The doctoral student must acquire a certain number of skills to validate his or her doctoral training, for a total of 180 points or credits. Of these 180 points, 155 are acquired through the completion of the thesis project, and 25 must be acquired through various training courses or activities which may consist of scientific and technical courses or seminars (see the training catalogue in Adum). Participation in conferences or summer schools may, in some cases, also be considered as complementary training after discussion with the doctoral school. A teaching or scientific mediation activity is considered as part of the complementary training allowing to acquire part of the competences required for the PhD degree, as well as participation to boards or committees, and associative involvement.

    To help you manage your training plan and balance it to cover all the required skills, you can download this file below:

    It has two tabs: in the first tab you will find a table that will help you calculate your training points and identify for each type of training/activity the skills acquired; in the second tab you will find the list of skill blocks required for doctoral training.

    When you register for a course/training via Adum your points are automatically calculated. For all other training/activities, you will need to enter this information in ADUM, under the heading "Off-catalogue training", and provide a certificate of attendance or any supporting document. The doctoral school will then validate this training/activity with the corresponding number of credits.

    Training courses offered to doctoral students by the Université Paris-Saclay

    The catalogue of doctoral training courses is available on the University of Paris-Saclay website via this link and also via your personal ADUM space in the "Training" section.

    You can also take part in the training courses provided by the Centre d'Alembert of the University of Paris Saclay

    Similarly, all the training courses offered by the ED 227 of the "National Museum of Natural History" are open to you (see catalogue below)

    The Plant Sciences doctoral school, anxious to provide its doctoral students with the best possible training, has set up several training courses for which you have priority:

    - How to write  paper ?

    - How to find a post-doc?

    - Stres management

    - Awareness of the challenges of the ecological transition in the professional environment.

    - RNAseq analysis

    - Genome annotation

    You also have access to systems to prepare you for a career in the public and private sectors (e.g. Cellule de Reflexion à l'Insertion Professionnelle (CRIP), Doctopreneuriales, etc.)

    Thinking on professional integration unit

    In order to support you in your professional project, we would like to set up a Thinking Cell on Professional Integration (the CRIP!) within the SEVE doctoral school.

    We would like to provide you with specific training in Plant Sciences combined with individualised support from professionals in the sector.

    The multiple objectives of this training are to provide you with a better knowledge of the company and the socio-economic context of the professional sectors that could be of interest to you (module 1); to help you specify and refine your professional project and accompany you in the writing of your CV and cover letter (module 2) and finally to provide you with keys to personal development (seriously: not thanks to incantations or gurus ;-) to get to know yourself better and develop self-esteem (module 3). All this is summarised in the attached brochure.

    This teaching will be delivered in French, and will take place over 3 modules of 3 hours, each one a few weeks apart (from March to June 2021), and will be associated with essential personal work. It will be counted as 20 hours in your compulsory additional training hours.

    Free but compulsory registration via ADUM 

    Training to Ethics and Scientific Integrity

    "Assessment and proposals for the implementation of the National Charter of Scientific Integrity", several decisions were taken, in particular :

    • doctoral schools must ensure that doctoral students receive training in ethics and scientific integrity,
    • the institutions have appointed a referent for scientific integrity,
    • a French Office of Scientific Integrity (OFIS) was installed in 2017 at HCERES.

    Many training courses are available in face-to-face or MOOC format, in French or English.

    A MOOC is proposed by the University of Paris-Saclay and is available via ADUM (open sessions every 3 months)

    A general directory of doctoral training courses in scientific integrity is available HERE.

    Regional Unit for Training in Scientific and Technical Information
    URFIST of Paris offers doctoral training :

    Collège de France 

    Our agreement with the “Collège de France" allows doctoral students access to courses, seminars, colloquia and conferences.

    Institut Curie courses




    Thesis individual monitoring committee

    The monitoring committee guide is available here (soon translated into English):


    The implementation of the "Individual Monitoring Committee" ("IMC") is made compulsory by the ministerial order of 25 May 2016, which stipulates: "An individual thesis monitoring committee ensures the smooth running of the programme on the basis of the doctoral charter and the training agreement. The thesis monitoring committee does not replace the doctoral supervision teams, but acts as a complement to them, offering a neutral and external point of view on the progress of the doctoral project, which each party can make constructive use of".  

    In other words, the purpose of this committee is to ensure that you have really taken ownership of the subject by clearly identifying the scientific question and the underlying issues and hypotheses, and that you are making progress in designing and planning the work to be done. In addition, these committees can provide you with solutions to practical problems as well as interesting insights.  

    The committee is an opportunity for you to present your work to an external audience in an informal, interactive and constructive manner. This should not replace a team seminar or laboratory meeting : the presentation and discussions should be conducted only in the presence of the members of the monitoring committee whose composition will have been validated by the doctoral school.

    We require the supervisors to absent themselves at the end of the meeting so that the candidate can have a private chat with only the committee members. The supervisor will also have a private word with the committee to give his/her opinion about the doctoral student and how the thesis is going on. These private interviews give the opportunity to deliver messages to the persons concerned and also to the Doctoral School in case of problems.  

    The composition, organisation and functioning of the monitoring committee have been determined by the Doctoral School Council: 

    • We ask that at least 2 monitoring committees are held during the thesis period (this can be 3 in case of difficulties or re-registration in 4th year). The holding of these committees is necessary for the re-registration. They must take place at least 2 months before the re-registration.
    • The committee must be composed of 2 or 3 external personalities of the thesis project of which at least one member must be external to the ED SEVE and at least one member must be HDR. Committee's members cannot be chosen as thesis reviewers and only one member of the jury may be an examiner. The committee must also include a referent from the doctoral school (listed below) considered as a "non-specialist member from outside the research field".
    • Please send us the list of the proposed members, with their contact details (email addresses), and the date of the committees as soon as it is fixed (at the latest 2 weeks before the committee by email to: Participation by videoconference is accepted for external members. 
    • No later than 48 hours before the date of your committee meeting, you should plan to send the monitoring committee booklet (downloadable below) to the committee members, together with your progress report summarising your work and the portfolio of skills.
    • At the end of the committee, the members of the committee indicate their remarks and conclusions.
    • 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students can continue to fill in the old booklet already filled in during the previous committees


    Referents of the Doctoral School SEVE:  
    - IJPB: Rozenn Le Hir, Isabelle Debeaujon, Mathilde Fagard, Nicolas Arnaud, Eric Jenczewski, Oumaya Bouchabke, Michèle Cren-Reisdorf, Françoise Budar, Jasmine Burguet
    - IPS2: Jean Colcombet, Florian Frugier, Valérie Geffroy, Olivier Martin, Pascal Ratet, Cécile Raynaud
    - BIOGER: Isabelle Fudal, Thierry Marcel, Thierry Rouxel, Jessica Soyer, Muriel Viaud 
    - ESE: Nicolas Delpierre, Sophie Nadot, Jacqui Shykoff 
    - GQE le Moulon: Timothée Flutre, Domenica Maniccaci, Isabelle Goldringer, Jérôme Enjalbert, Amandine Cornille, Christine Dillmann. 
    -I2BC: Benoît Alunni, Sylvain Merlot

    - Paris: Marianne Delarue



    The main part of the doctoral activity consists of innovative, time-limited research work, supervised by a director, within a research unit. The doctorate is characterised by the production of new knowledge in an international context, as well as the dissemination of this knowledge, for example through teaching or written and oral communications to other specialists. The doctorate concludes with the writing of a thesis and its defence, i.e. a synthetic restitution of the scientific work carried out, validated by the scientific community.

    The doctorate is also a period of increasing competence. Doctors of course have expertise in the thematic field they have explored, but also cross-disciplinary skills that can be transferred to other activities. The highest level of the National Qualifications Framework, to which the doctorate is attached, states that graduates are able to "identify and solve complex and new problems involving a plurality of fields, by mobilising the most advanced knowledge and know-how; design and steer research and innovation projects and processes; make innovative contributions in the context of high-level exchanges and in international contexts". Moreover, as each professional experience is individual, each doctor has developed all the skills related to the PhD, and each of them with more or less master's degree.

    Faced with the current competition on the labour market, for doctors, who can pursue all types of careers, it is necessary to identify their skills, to know how to name them and to talk about them. Knowing how to name them in different ways is particularly useful in order to adapt to the person you are talking to, for example according to the proximity you have with them, their knowledge of the doctorate, the specific vocabulary they use in their activities or the profile sought by a recruiter.

    In order to identify these competences, we propose a self-assessment tool based on the National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP) concerning the doctoral degree. This tool, which you will be able to implement throughout your thesis, should enable you to better identify your acquired competences and your needs for reinforcement during your thesis but also throughout your professional career.

    It will also enable you to add to your CV.

    2 possibilities to fill in your skills book:

    1 - A digital option via the DocPro website.

    Thanks to a free registration, you can create your own digital notebook that you can modify and consult whenever you wish.

    2 - A classic option via a .doc form



    The General Assembly

    Every year, in October or November, the Doctoral School organizes a general meeting for doctoral students, their supervisors and researchers attached to our ED. The Director presents the missions of the ED and the ED Council, the progress of a thesis as well as the rights and obligations of each doctoral student and supervisor.
    At the end of this general assembly, a vote is held to elect the doctoral students' representatives to the Council of DE.

    The PhD Days

    PhD Days are usually held after the General Assembly. 
    What's PhD Days? They are 2 hectic days, organized by your “Doc en Herbe” association, during which you will attend seminars of prestigious scientists and where you will have the opportunity to present your work (oral or poster) to the other PhD students of ED. The presentation of a talk or a poster is optional for 1st year doctoral students, but mandatory for 2nd and 3rd year doctoral students.

    You will also have the opportunity to think about the future during a round table discussion with ED567 doctors who are now working in public research or in the private sector. They will present their career paths, the advantage of a PhD and lots of advice from alumni. 

    Thus, the PhD days are a great opportunity:
    - To hear, meet and discuss with leading researchers recognized in their field who come especially to meet you.
    - To present your thesis work in an informal and less stressful setting than at large international meetings. The best way to train yourself to present your results, either through a poster or a presentation.
    - To meet former doctoral students from the doctoral school explaining their professional career path outside of academic careers
    - To meet your colleagues from the doctoral school, to get to know each other better, to create a scientific or personal network and more.
    - To relax, to share a convivial moment, to discover many different cultures within more than 20 different nationalities of doctoral students.

    Attendance at the General Assembly as well as at the PhD Days is mandatory and valued in hours of training by the ED. It will be credited to your mandatory 100-hour training account during your thesis.

    PhD Graduation ceremony

    Every year, at the end of June, the University Paris Saclay organizes a doctoral graduation ceremony for the doctors who have supported the previous calendar year and the beginning of the current year.
    An invitation is sent to each graduating doctor who can come accompanied by two people of his or her choice.
    Eligibility requirements and practical information



    Confidentiality and dissemination of the thesis

    How to collect my doctorate diploma?


    The thesis defense procedure must be initiated by the doctoral student at least 2 months before the planned date.  This procedure is entirely dematerialized via your ADUM space.

    The details of the procedure and all the forms are accessible from this link. 

    As for the majority of Doctoral Schools, we ask that the thesis work has been valorised by at least one publication, in a peer-reviewed journal, signed as first author by the doctoral student (or a patent).  In the opposite case, the possible valorization of the thesis in the 12 months following the defense will have to be rigorously evaluated by the two rapporteurs to obtain an exemption to this rule.


    The composition of your thesis jury must be validated by Sophie NADOT (
    - Composition of a thesis jury (detailed explanations HERE )

    • The jury is composed of 4 to 6 members including 2 "rapporteurs" who:
      • Must be authorized to direct research (HDR) or equivalent for foreign personalities.
      • Must be external to the University Paris-Saclay AND the doctoral school.
      • Must not be co-authors of publications with the doctoral student or be a member of the doctoral student's monitoring thesis committee.
    • At least half of the jury is composed of professors or equivalent (research directors).
    • At least half of the jury is composed of members from outside the University of Paris-Saclay AND the doctoral school.
    • The jury must have a balanced representation of men and women.
    • The chairman of the jury is appointed by the jury itself. He or she must be a University Professor or equivalent and cannot be the thesis director.


    Once you have the list of your jury members, please download the spreadsheet below, fill it in (french=first tab, english=second tab) and email it to Sophie Nadot.

      2 - 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE DEFENSE or 3 MONTHS in case of confidentiality

      Designation of the jury in ADUM

      Once the jury has validated

      • Its composition must be indicated in your ADUM space: in the "Procedures" menu, choose "I defend my thesis within 3 months". Fill in all the information relative to the defense. 
      • In addition to the jury, you can indicate invited members who will sit with the jury, who will take part in the deliberation but who will not vote the decisions and will not sign the minutes of the defense.
      • You should indicate:

      - the title of the thesis in English and French,
      - the abstract in English and French (4000 characters maximum, including spaces),
      - keywords in English and French,
      - If the thesis is not written in French, it is, moreover, necessary to include in the manuscript, in the location you want, a synthesis of 5 pages written in French

      • Fill in the section on confidentiality
      • Fill in the form for the appointment of rapporteurs, the jury proposal form and the defence authorisation form in the ADUM personal space, as well as the necessary documents for a videoconference. The documents and procedures are available in the SOUTENANCE section of the personal space.
      • Once filled in, an email will automatically be sent to your thesis director who will have to validate this information.

      Uploading of the manuscript, legal deposit and thesis reports

      before defense (1st deposit) and after defense (2nd deposit)

      • The version of the manuscript that will be sent to the jury must be uploaded in your ADUM space no later than 7 weeks before the thesis defence. You will find all information and the Cover page template via this link.
      • Then, you must make an appointment with the university library, which can be reached by email at or by phone  01 69 15 61 76 by Solène Nicolas, manager at library Orsay. This step is mandatory to be able to defend your thesis.
      • The service in charge of thesis deposit and reporting retrieves the electronic file of the thesis in PDF format in ADUM, checks the conformity of the PDF.
      • The library informs the doctoral student on issues related to the rights and duties of an author, on the legal deposit of a work (the thesis) and on its electronic dissemination, on the dissemination of personal data and on other issues related to the deposit of the thesis, and to be informed of the general and specific conditions of dissemination of his thesis.
      • The direction of the ED receives an e-mail which validates in ADUM the submission of the manuscript and the jury.
      • A message is automatically sent to the members of the jury indicating the link to download the manuscript.
      • For information, the reviewers download their report on ADUM no later than 4 weeks before the defence. The ED sends the reports to the doctoral students and thesis directors, who must take the comments into account in the presentation of their defence and authorises (or not) the defence of the thesis.

      to be used by reviewers if they wish

      Videoconference defense: please read the instructions in the document "Notes visio"



      • You will print from your ADUM account the form "Procès Verbal de défense de doctorat" that you will give to the president of the jury during your defense.  
      • The duration of the oral presentation is generally 45 minutes. It is followed by questions from the Jury.
      • During its deliberations, the jury will assess the quality of the doctoral student's work, its innovative character, the doctoral student's ability to situate it in its scientific context, as well as his or her exposure qualities.
      • At the end of the defense, the jury completes the minutes and the doctoral defense report. The president signs the minutes of the defense and the defense report. All the members of the jury present at the defense, except the thesis director since he does not take part in the decision, countersign it.
      • If one of the members participated in the defense by videoconference, the president of the jury signs the minutes and the defense report on behalf of the member not physically present.
      • If the jury asks the candidate to make major corrections to his/her thesis, the president of the jury completes and signs the letter of appointment of the jury member responsible for checking the modifications, and gives it to this jury member together with the certificate of verification of the corrections. In this case, the doctoral student has 3 months to make these corrections.

      The president of the jury, or, failing that, a member of the jury designated by the president of the jury, or the thesis director 

      sends a copy of the minutes of the doctoral defence, duly completed and signed, as well as the signed proxies if the defence took place by total or hybrid videoconference, to the Scolarité Office ( )

      and sends all the originals to the Maison du doctorat, ENS Paris Saclay, Documents de soutenance, 4 avenue des Sciences, 91190 Gif sur Yvette

      The submission can also be made by the doctoral student.
      A copy of the minutes of the defence must be given to the doctoral student

      2nd final electronic submission of the manuscript, necessary to obtain the certificate of achievement of the diploma which should be requested from

      • Within a maximum of 1 month for minor corrections left under the responsibility of the doctor or 3 months for major corrections.
      • Even if the jury has not asked for corrections and even if the author has no corrections to make, this second filing is necessary and mandatory to specify the name of the jury president on the cover page and add the NNT number.
      • If the jury has requested major corrections to the thesis, the doctoral student makes the modifications and submits the new version of his thesis to the jury member in charge of checking them. The latter completes the certificate of verification of major corrections and gives it to the doctoral student.
      • The doctoral student deposits the final version of his/her thesis in his/her ADUM personal space in .PDF format. The doctoral student downloads in his ADUM personal space the attestation of 2nd electronic submission of the thesis in .PDF format and contact the Library for validation.
      • In any case, do not forget to complete the request for diploma production.




      Confidentiality and dissemination of the thesis

      Focus on confidentiality

      - 1st step 3 months before the defense and before any diffusion of the manuscript (even to the rapporteurs)

      Apply to the Presidency of the University of Paris Saclay for the confidential classification of the thesis (and, if necessary, for a closed defence). This request must be justified by at least one supporting document (copy of a confidentiality agreement with a partner or copy of an ethical opinion on a protocol providing for the commitment to confidentiality). 

      To be sent to the ED and to

      - 2nd step: once this request has been signed and granted, have the confidentiality agreement signed by

      • the rapporteurs (before transmission of the manuscript)
      • the members of the jury (before transmission of the manuscript)
      • the public

       Send the completed and signed documents to the ED and to

      Focus on the dissemination of the thesis 

      All the informations you need to collect your doctoral degree are available HERE



      Carrière & Alumni



      Actions for employment

      The Doctoral School assistant regularly sends postdoc and job offers to interested PhD students who provide their personal email address.

      Several times a year, the Doctoral School organizes Postdoc Writingshops to help doctoral students in their search for postdocs and writing projects.
      The sessions take place several times a year and are accessible via the "Formations" section on the personal ADUM space of each PhD student.

      Round Table "Jobs" during the PhD-Days organized each fall

      During the PhD-Days, the scientific days of the PhD students of the ED "Sciences du Végétal : du gène à l'écosystème", we organize a half-day dedicated to a round table "Métiers". We invite former PhDs to talk about their insertion either in the academic world or in the private sector and representatives of private companies that may be interested in or may be of interest to our PhDs.

      How to find a postdoc or a job? Useful links below

      A new tool DocPro ( was designed by the Association Bernard Gregory (ABG), the Conference of University Presidents (CPU) and the MEDEF. The objective is to characterize the skills of PhDs at different stages of their career, regardless of their discipline, from theoretical physics to human and social sciences. 

      Intelli'Agence (ABG Bernard Grégory)

      Scholarships Marie Curie
      Site Find a postdoc

      Careers of doctors: what happened to them?

      Professional situation as of December 1, 2018 of ED Sciences du Végétal PhDs. Survey conducted on the PhD future platform.

      2016 survey on the professional integration of PhDs who graduated in 2013

      2012 survey on the professional integration of PhDs who graduated from 2003 to 2011


      Alumni's directory

      We invite you to contact the group Doctorants & Alumnis – Université Paris-Saclay via le réseau Linkedin.


      Each month, the ED newsletter, available HERE, publishes the profile of a former PhD student who describes his or her career path.



      Welcome and help for foreign students

      Journée Mobilité Internationale Étudiante (JMIE)


      Welcome guide for international PhD students and researchers to upload:



      International welcome desk

      An e-mail address for any questions:


      Web site of the GATE

      The GATE is a multi-service welcome desk for international students, researchers or employees of R&D centers and higher education institutions in the Paris-Saclay area, open from 2022, August 29th to December 16th 

      At the GATE, you can carry out all the necessary administrative procedures for your move and stay in France in a single location.

      3 partners (The Sous-Préfecture of Palaiseau, the NGO Science Accueil and Université Paris-Saclay) have decided to join forces in order to make administrative procedures easier for foreign students or researchers arriving in France. Other partners are also present at the GATE, such as RATP (transportation in Paris), CAF (housing and families allowances), CPAM (health insurance), CROUS (accommodation and scholarships) and more.

      Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

      Location: Bréguet Building, CentraleSupélec – 3 rue Joliot Curie, 91190 Gif-sur-Yvette


      Reception service for doctoral students and international researchers in the Paris region: Science Accueil

      Web site of Science accueil

      Science Accueil is an association that has been specialised  in assisting national and international scientists and their families with their incoming mobility in the Ile-de-France and Paris region.

      International cooperative thesis

      The Doctoral School "Sciences du Végétal: du gène à l'écosystème" aims at training the best PhD students in our field and to prepare them for a bright future in a more and more competitive world.

      What is it? Read more on Paris Saclay website

      A thesis can be carried out in cooperation between two countries, with a supervisor from each. This requires a formal agreement between the universities in the two countries.  The thesis is then carried out following these criteria:

       – the doctoral candidate is under cosupervision;

      – the thesis work is carried out in in both places;
      – the language of the dissertation is fixed by the formal agreement;  
      – there is a single oral defence in one of the countries, fixed by the formal agreement, but the doctor receives two doctoral diplomas.
      International Relations of University Paris Sud provides some financial support for doctoral candidates carrying out a thesis in "cotutelle".


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