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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.

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

  • BIOGER (BIOlogie et Gestion des Risques en agriculture)
  • ESE (Ecologie, Systématique et Évolution)
  • EGCE (Evolution, Génomes, Comportement et Ecologie)
  • GQE (Génétique Quantitative et Evolution - Le Moulon)
  • IJPB (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)
  • IBENS (Institut de Biologie de l'École Normale Supérieure)
  • I2BC (Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule)
  • IPS2 (Institut de Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay)
  • IJM (Institut Jacques Monod)
  • LPMMC ( Laboratoire Physiologie Membranaire et Moléculaire du Chloroplaste)

Who are we ? direction of the school


Director: Marianne DELARUE

Email :
Address : Bureau : 1.53 - Bâtiment : 630 
Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris Saclay (IPS2)
 Rue Noezlin  Plateau du Moulon 91405 Orsay Cedex 
Tel. : 01 69 15 33 98 

Vice Director : Sophie NADOT

Email :
Address : Bureau : 316 - Bâtiment : 360 
Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution (ESE) 
Rue du Doyen André Guinier 91405 Orsay Cedex 
Tel. : 01 69 15 56 65





Secretary : Martine FOURNIER 

Email :  
Address : Bureau : 15- Bâtiment 362
Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution (ESE)  
rue du Doyen André Guinier 91405 Orsay 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, Fredy BARNECHE*   
•    MOULON : Timothée FLUTRE, Domenica MANICACCI*
•    IPS2 : Christine LELANDAIS, Cécile RAYNAUD, Adnane BOUALEM*, Ariane GRATIAS-WEIL*

•    EXTERNAL MEMBERS : Patrice MEIMOUN, David LALOI, Alexandre PERRY, Emilie PLANEL, Frédéric MADRE  
* : deputy members



•  IJPB: Gary DUVILLE, Florent CORNET, Antoine DAVIERE, Thibault GENESTE
•  ESE:Seïf-Eddine NAADJA, Elise VERRIER, Camille BERNERY, Leo LUSARDI
•  I2BC: Etienne JEANNE 

Reports of Doctoral School Councils

PHD Students Associations


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, 15th 2020.

•    Presidente: Camille SALAÜN

•    Treasurer: Thibault GENESTE

•    Secretaries:  Gary DUVILLE and Antoine DAVIERE

•    Community manager and Biotechno referent: Sami KAZAZ

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 ED145 who now work in the academic research or the private sector! 
Doc en Herbe's Facebook page 


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.




Future thesis defences clic here

  • Jing LIU -3/12/2020 @IJPB"Genetic and molecular control of seed tissue and nutrient partitioning: the role of the nucellus"
  • Ambre GUILLORY - 4/12/2020 @IJPB
    "Strigolactones perception and signal transduction in the moss Physcomitrium patens"
  • Dali RACHID - 5/12/2020 @IPS2
    "Characterization of a new dominant Andromonoecy-causing locus in Cucumis Melos"
  • Safa BEN KRIMA - 15/12/2020 @Bioger
    "Adaptation of phytopathogenic fungi to genetically heterogeneous host populations – case study of the durum wheat-Zymoseptoria tritici pathosystem"
  • Zehun XUE - 15/12/2020 @IJPB
    "Integration of high-throughput phenotyping and genomics data to explore Arabidopsis natural variation"
  • Xue ZHAO - 15/12/2020 @ENS
    "Characterization of Post traslational modifications of histones in the model diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutumn"
  • Hayat SEHKI - 16/12/2020 @IJPB
    "Role of an endogenous suppressor of RNAi in plant development and plant-pathogen interactions"
  • Pierre GAUTRAT - 17/12/2020 @IPS2
    "Regulation of the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing nodulation by signalling peptides in Medicago truncatula"


Past thesis defences since september 2015 clic here


GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE DOCTORAL SCHOOL - 16 October 2020 - 9:30 am Campus of Orsay

And find us on professional Networks

TWITTER : @DocSchoolPLant

LinkedIn: Marianne Delarue


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 programme

In 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. 

Click for information about the Doctoral Contract of Université Paris Sud. 

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.
Campus France offers scholarships through programs
- Sciences sans frontières 
CONACYT with Mexique and others
Here the offers on line

The International Relations of the University Paris-Saclay manages international programs
- the CSC program (Chinese Scholarship Council), with China
- the Taiwan program

- 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 cooperative thesis (Cotutelle/ Avenant de cotutelle) 

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".

All information via this link on Paris Saclay University.

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.


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 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 partially dematerialised.


The registrations/re-registrations for the year 2020/2021 will be open from June 1st, 2020 at the school service to carry out your administrative registration. 


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.

Enrolment in 1st year of thesis :

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 CVEC *
  • 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 residence permit or visa for foreigners outside Europe)
  • proof of funding for your thesis (work contract, scholarship certificate, doctoral contract, etc.) **
  • 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 
  • social security certificate

* INFOS CVEC (student life and campus contribution): compulsory contribution of 92 for all. Choose the Academy of Versailles you depend on 
Don't forget to download your proof of payment.

** Please note that the 1st years who benefit from a doctoral contract (admitted following a competitive examination, Labex, disability contract, ENS...) not yet finalized, do not have to send this document

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".
  • In the tab "Individual Training Agreement", please refer to this page for any useful advice.


Re-registrations in 2nd and 3rd year of thesis (between September 1st and November 30th)

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 CVEC (Academy of Versailles)
  • residence permit or visa for foreigners outside Europe
  • certificate of liability insurance for the current year 
  • social security certificate
  • 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".

A few tips for filling out some sections in ADUM

  • In the tab "Individual Training Agreement", please refer to this page for any useful advice.
  • 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:

In addition to the above documents, you need to download the " Formulaire de dérogation portant sur la durée de la thèse " for a defense after 31/12/2020. You fill it in and your thesis director will validate it. Warning! You need the opinion of the monitoring committee to justify this derogation.

Doctoral students who defend their thesis before 31/03/2021 are exempt from registration fees due to the health context. They must download

committing them to pay the 380€ fees if the defense could not take place before this date.


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:

Once the documents have been downloaded in the dedicated space, you can proceed to the online payment of the tuition fees of 380€ and obtain your student card for the current year.

Déroulement du doctorat


During the course of their thesis, each doctoral student must complete approximately 100 hours of doctoral training in order to complete their training through research and acquire additional personal and professional skills. 
This additional training in the form of courses, seminars or internships, technical and scientific, combines training in scientific culture (e.g. How to write paper?), preparation for professional future in the public and private sectors (e.g. Cellule de Reflexion à l'Insertion Professionnelle (CRIP), Doctopreneurial, etc...) or the opening to the international (e.g. thematic Summer School, etc...). 
Participation in seminars, conferences, congresses or summer schools can, in some cases, also be considered as additional training after discussion with the ED direction.  To do this, this information must be entered in ADUM, under the heading "Off-catalogue training", and a certificate of attendance must be submitted. The Doctoral School will then validate this training, depending on its nature, up to 50% of the hours completed for participation in a congress for example.

Training courses offered by the Doctoral School and the University of Paris Saclay

The catalogue of doctoral training courses is available on the website of the University of Paris Saclay via this link and also via your personal space on the ADUM platform in the "Training" section.
You can also take part in the training courses given by the Centre d'Alembert of the University of Paris Saclay.

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 SdV 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 before January 31st 2021.

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.

The 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




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). The holding of these committees is necessary for the re-registration. They must take place before July 31st of the year N+1 of registration or re-registration. 
  • The committee must be composed of the thesis director and any co-supervisors, a representative of the Doctoral School of your institute (the list is available below), and 2 or 3 external personalities of the thesis project with only one that can internal to the doctoral school.  Committee's members cannot be chosen as thesis reviewers but only one member of the jury may be an examiner.
  • 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. 
  • At the end of the committee, a short form (1st or 2nd monitoring committee form), downloadable from our website, must be filled in and signed by the committee members and PhD Student.  
  • In the month following the committee meeting, you must write a brief synthesis (about 2 pages) of the discussions and conclusions, following the previously signed form. This document must be submitted to the committee members for approval (by e-mail) before being uploaded in your personal ADUM space. 

Representatives of the Doctoral School:  
- IJPB: Rozenn Le Hir, Isabelle Debeaujon, Mathilde Fagard, Nicolas Arnaud, Eric Jenczewski, Oumaya Bouchabke, Michèle Cren-Reisdorf, Françoise Budar
- IPS2: Cécile Raynaud, Pascal Ratet, Jean Colcombet 
- BIOGER: Thierry Rouxel, Muriel Viaud 
- Paris: Patrice Meimoun 
- 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 



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

Concours et sujets de thèse

For candidates


Welcome to the competition for doctoral fellowships of plant sciences doctoral school.

As part of its missions, ED sets up a policy for choosing doctoral students, based on explicit and public criteria and organises, as part of the policy of ED partner institutions, the awarding of doctoral contracts allocated by the Ministry in charge of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) to the University of Paris-Saclay.

This is an open competition for anyone who will have a master's degree or equivalent by Oct 1st, 2021, but you can only enter the competition with the knowledge and support of a supervisor who presents a subject.

The list of thesis subjects are online from March, 2021 and can be found following this link.

Clicking on the title will open the project descriptions, most of which are in English as well as French. If a project interests you, contact the supervisor as soon as possible to discuss and see if your candidature interests him or her.

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline was fixed individually by each supervisor and varies among the subjects. If a subject interests you must apply before the application deadline of that project.  

This date is set at midnight on 11 May 2021 at the latest.


However, you can initiate the application procedure for several subjects and discuss with several supervisors to determine which subject you will really compete for. 

To apply:

You can apply by clicking on "Candidater" at the bottom of the page. 
Please log into the ADUM system,  and you can apply by clicking on "Candidater" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the application forms that are available in English or French.

Then you can fill in your personal data and the information about your educational curriculum and past research activities and experiences. This will generate a detailed cv.

Click on  “Motivations and Supporting documents”. On this page, in the box provided, please paste your "cover letter" explaining your motivation for preparing a PhD and the reason of your choice of this project. In the box for "Additional information"  please provide a 3-page detailed description of a research experience of your choice. Most candidates will summarise their Masters research project, but if you have other more relevant research experience feel free to chose this. This summary of a research project you have carried out or are carrying out should not be more than 3 pages long and should lay out the scientific question(s), the methods used, the main results or predictions and the conclusions, if available. This summary serves to help the jury prepare questions that permit the candidates to demonstrate their skills and aptitudes.
You may also add a few lines on outside interests and hobbies after this summary.

You register your information and you will have access to the "Finalize my application" button.

If the thesis supervisor has selected you to apply for the competition, at that time, you must send to by May 12, 2021 at the latest: your application file as a single .pdf file consisting of : 

- the detailed 3-page description of a research experiment (which you have just put on ADUM)
- CV 
- cover letter (that you just put on ADUM)
- Transcript of master marks 1 and 2
NB: do not send the complete document from ADUM.
For the supervisors:
The superviser must validate the candidature of her/his candidate and refuse all others on the ADUM site on the chosen date and before 11 May 2021 at midnight.
So, he/she must fill the chosen candidate's e-mail in the space "offre attribuée". Moreover, he/she must refuse the other candidates in order to inform them.

The jury

For each candidate, the two most appropriate jury members are chosen to examine the dossier in detail and evaluate it for the rest of the jury. 
The jury is composed of 8-10 people who are not presenting a subject this year and representing the different research areas covered by the doctoral school.
It is constituted as follows: 
- four or five members belonging to the doctoral school and representing the major scientific directions and sites, who are not presenting a subject this year. 
- four or five external members chosen to be scientifically complementary to the internal members.
- the director and/or vice director of the doctoral school and one elected student representative are observers throughout the competition, attending the presentation of all candidates. The observers do not participate in the deliberation of the jury, the jury having supreme authority. 

The competition (modalities of the 2020 competition)

 The officials of the doctoral school together with the student representative prepare the elements necessary for the competition and inform the jury of the rules and procedures. The director of the doctoral school together with the student representative inform the candidates of the procedure for the competition, remind them of the criteria used for classing the candidates and inform them of the timetable for events following the interview: date of the publication of the results, procedure for registering if their candidature is successful, etc. Their role is to assure the equitable and fair treatment of all candidates by the jury. 

Each candidate is interviewed for 20 minutes: 
Auditions will be conducted by full videoconference for jury and candidates. Each selected candidate will receive a link to connect

-5 minutes of presentation during which the candidate should present how her/his past research experience has prepared him/her to carry out the thesis project for which she/he is competing.
- 15 minutes of discussion during which the jury will pose questions about her/his motivation and scientific knowledge relevant to the subject for which he/she is competing. 
Your task in the competition is to convince the jury of your capacity to carry out the research project for which you are applying. You will be judged on your theoretical and your technical knowledge.

- The jury will have 5 minutes following each interview without the observers to discuss each candidate.
When all interviews are complete the jury alone, without the observers, will discuss and rank the candidates based on the criteria established by the scientific council of the doctoral school and explained to the candidates. These criteria are: 
- strength of the candidate during the interview, in particular for the response to questions and discussion 
- aptitude and preparation that the candidate demonstrates in both the written document and the interview for the subject(s) for which she/he competes 
- motivation and aptitude 
- grades of the Master or equivalent 

The jury should not base their judgment on their perception of the quality of the thesis subjects, all subjects presented at the competition having already been validated. All subjects presented for the competition are judged equivalent.
The rank of the candidates will be determined by their scientific quality based on the criteria described above. Criteria such as equilibrium among sites, institutes and disciplines should only be employed for ranking candidates considered to be of equivalent quality based on the totality of the other criteria. The final ranking, produced by the jury alone with no outside witnesses, is given to the officials of the doctoral school and the student observer.
Results of the competition:
The jury gives to the Doctoral School management team the ranking of each candidate together with comments that justify the final ranking and results.
After the end of the competition each candidate and supervisor will be informed of her/his own result (received or position on the complementary list as well as the comments (that contain no personal comments or value judgments). Complaints or requests for additional information should be addressed to the president of the jury, the director of the doctoral school and to the student representative. The deliberations and discussion being confidential, only the final results and comments can be publicly accessible. 

The director and scientific council of the doctoral school will proceed with the attribution of contracts together with the university and the corresponding service at the ministry. The procedure and final results of the competition are presented every year by the president of the jury to the scientific council of the doctoral school. 

A contract is given to a student for a subject. Changing subjects after the competition implies loss of the contract*. If a student withdraws or refuses a contract, the liberated contract does not remain with the same subject but is attributed to the highest ranked of the complementary list for the subject for which that candidate competed. 

* : except exceptional cases treated by the director of the doctoral school together with the scientific board. 




    Proposal of thesis topics for the 2021 competition

    Principle of the Call for Proposals of topics

    • As part of their scientific programme, the host teams propose thesis subjects, the number of which must be compatible with the supervision capacity defined in the Paris-Saclay University Doctoral Charter (maximum of 5 thesis departments and/or co-supervision for a percentage of involvement that must not exceed 300%).
    • The project leaders are responsible for the technical and financial resources made available to the doctoral student to enable him/her to develop his/her work properly.
    • A thesis director may propose a project on the following conditions:
      •  It has not hosted a doctoral student in the first year, benefiting from a MESRI contract in 2020.
      •  It does not host a doctoral student in the 4th year or more (with the exception of the supervision of foreign doctoral students with funding initially planned over 4 years and extensions granted as part of the COVID crisis) on the date of the competition which will take place on 2, 3 and 4 June 2021.
      • He is or will soon be authorised to direct research (HDR). Otherwise, he or she may benefit from a derogation to supervise a first thesis (only one derogation may be granted after examination of the application by the scientific board of the University of Paris-Saclay).


    Modalities of the Call for Proposals for subjects

    The submission of projects will be done in 2 stages:

    Phase 1: Form to be filled in only for the ED Council and the jury of the competition.

    • Fill in the form sent by e-mail and send it to, in pdf format, together with a recent review on the subject. No project will be published on the web at this stage, projects will be sent only to the members of the ED board (and to possible external rapporteurs for subjects requiring expertise not represented on the ED board) and to the jury of the competition.
    • Projects can be written in French or English.
    • The projects must have been evaluated and validated by the management of the research units.
    • Deadline for submission: Thursday 11 February 2021 at midnight. The ED will send an acknowledgement of receipt by email.


    Phase 2: Submission of thesis projects in ADUM

    • Once the projects have been validated by the ED board (which will take place on 4 March 2021), the projects will be submitted in ADUM from the personal space of the supervisors. They will be published in ADUM after a favourable opinion from the Director of the Unit.
    • All information submitted in ADUM will be publicly visible on the internet. The project submitted in ADUM is therefore not necessarily the one sent to the ED Board if, for example, confidential information helping in the evaluation of the project should not be visible on the internet.
    • By default, the application space to apply online will be open until Monday 10 May 2021 at midnight last. However, a deadline for application before 10 May 2021 may be chosen by the promoter.
    • The project leader must make the final choice of the candidate selected for the competition before Tuesday 11 May 2021 at midnight, by attaching a notice (favourable or unfavourable) to each application. Only one candidate must be chosen per project. Discussions with the candidate must of course have taken place beforehand.

    Current thesis

    You can find the current thesis in our Doctoral School via this link on Thè



    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.

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



    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.
    • Must include a member of the University of Paris-Saclay other than the thesis director.
    • 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.



      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, a substantial summary in French, must be annexed to the thesis, with at least 4000 characters spaces included.

      • Once filled in, an email will automatically be sent to your thesis director who will have to validate this information.


      • Uploading of the manuscript and thesis reports

      • 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 to download.
      • Then, you must make an appointment with the university library, which can be reached by email at or by phone 01 69 15 61 66. 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.



      • 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.

      2nd final electronic submission of the manuscript

      • 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 and is in charge of obtaining the signature and stamp of the documentary service in charge of the submission of theses, by presenting the minutes of the defense and, if necessary, the attestation of verification of major corrections.


      Actions pour l'emploi

      L'assistante de l'Ecole Doctorale envoie régulièrement des offres de postdocs et d'emplois aux docteurs qui sont intéressés et qui fournissent leurs coordonnées mail personnelles. 

      Plusieurs fois par an, l'Ecole Doctorale organise des postdoc Writingshops pour aider les doctorants dans la recherche de postdocs et l'écriture de projets.
      Les séances ont lieu plusieurs fois par an et sont accessibles via la rubrique "Formations" sur l'espace personnel ADUM de chaque doctorant(e).

      Table Ronde "Métiers" lors des PhD-Days organisée chaque rentrée universitaire

      Lors des PhD-Days, les journées scientifiques des doctorants de l’ED « Sciences du Végétal : du gène à l’écosystème », nous organisons une demi-journée consacrée à un table ronde « Métiers ». Nous invitons des anciens docteurs pour parler de leur insertion soit dans le monde académique, soit dans le privé et des représentants des entreprises privés qui peuvent être intéressés par ou qui peuvent intéresser nos docteurs.

      Comment trouver un postdoc ou un emploi? Liens utiles ci-dessous

      Comment trouver des financements pour post-docs à l'internationale (Philippe Berdague)  
      Un nouvel outil, DocPro ( a été conçu par l’Association Bernard Gregory (ABG), la Conférence des Présidents d’Université (CPU) et le MEDEF. L’objectif est la caractérisation des compétences des docteurs (PhD) à différentes étapes de leur carrière, et quelle que soit leur discipline, de la physique théorique aux sciences humaines et sociales. 
      Intelli'Agence (ABG Bernard Grégory)

      Bourses Marie Curie, dossiers non-scientifiques

      Site Find a postdoc

      Carrières des docteurs: que sont-ils devenus?

      Depuis plusieurs années, le cabinet Adoc Talent Management mène des enquêtes en Ile de France sur l'emploi des docteurs récemment diplômés. Sont concernés les docteurs de l'Université Paris-Saclay, Université Paris-Est, Sorbonne Universités, Université Sorbonne Paris Cité et Université Paris Sciences et Lettres.

      Vous pouvez consulter le rapport complet de la 4ème édition de Adoc talent Management sur l'Emploi 2016 à cette adresse:
      Celui-ci se focalise sur la situation des docteurs 2013, 3 ans après l'obtention de leur doctorat. L'analyse thématique étudie le cheminement des docteurs entre la 1ère et la 3ème année suivant la soutenance. 

      Enquête 2016 des docteurs 2013 de notre Ecole Doctorale

      Le rapport de l'édition 2015 de l'enquête Emploi est disponible à cette adresse : 
       Ce rapport s'intéresse à la situation des docteurs 2014, un an après la soutenance, comparée à la situation des docteurs diplômés en 2012 et en 2013. Il présente également des indicateurs sur la situation à 3 ans des docteurs 2012. 

      Le rapport de l'édition 2014 de l'enquête Emploi est disponible à cette adresse : 
      Ce rapport s'intéresse principalement à la situation des docteurs 2013 un an après la soutenance. 

      Le rapport de l'édition 2013 de l'enquête Emploi est disponible à cette adresse : 
      Ce rapport s'intéresse à la situation des docteurs 2012 un an après la soutenance. 

      Annuaire des docteurs

      Nous vous invitons à repoindre le groupe Doctorants & Alumnis – Université Paris-Saclay via le réseau Linkedin.


       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.
      International cooperative thesis

      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".

      Help for foreign students

      Getting your visa

      Since January 2012, consulates can grant scientists a VLS-TS (long term visa valid as a residence permit) valid for 1 year. This visa, which does not require a visit to the Préfecture, can be a valid residence permit as long as the bearer has completed the necessary formalities at the OFII, during the 3 months following her/his arrival in France.   Normally the consulate provides the official form to fill out for the OFFI. If not, you can find the form at the OFFI site here site of OFFI 

      If you live in the sector of Palaiseau  If you need help with immigration services for your first residence permit or for renewal of your residence permit and you live in Essonne the “Maison des Études” of Université Paris Sud will help you prepare your dossier and organise an appointment with the immigration services. We note that the service for renewal of residence permits for those under the jurisdiction of Palaiseau has greatly improved.

      You can request an appointment with the Maison des Études by email  or phone: You will find them at- Rue du Château - RdC du Bât 311 - Le Moulin. 

      For additional administrative aide

      Science Accueil (6 boulevard Dubreuil  91400 Orsay) can help you with: visa, residence permits, work permits, taxes, health insurance, opening a bank account, insurance...

      Useful other link

      Partenariats European Plant Science Retreat

      On the Origin of...PhD retreat

      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. 
      In 2008, this network organized its first European Plant Science Retreat (EPSR), in Wageningen, The Netherlands. The EPSR is a symposium organized “by and for doctoral candidates to facilitate interactions among doctoral candidates carrying out research in plant sciences in Europe as well as to give them an opportunity to meet experienced researchers and representatives of industry.  
      Since then the EPSR has been organized by a different partner each year. 
      The past EPSR were held in:  


      Email :  
      Address : Bureau : 15- Bâtiment 362
      Ecologie, Systématique et Evolution (ESE)  
      rue du Doyen André Guinier 91405 Orsay Cedex             
      Tel : 01 69 15 76 09