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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

École d'été 2019

Specialized plant metabolites: from analysis to engineering

June 30 – July 4, 2019 – Versailles and Orsay (France)
Group SPS Summer School 2018

SPS Summer School 2018


The SPS Summer School 2019 is a one-week programme for outstanding and enthusiastic PhD students, as well as young post-docs, who have a question involving plant specialized metabolites in their project and want to acquire excellent training in this field.

It will address, through keynote seminars, focused seminars and practical courses, the following scientific topics:
- Translational biology / Synthetic biology
- Structure/function relationship
- Biosynthetic and regulatory pathways
- Structural and analytical chemistry
- Integrative biology

The Summer School will bring together 12 participants from all over the world and offer them the chance to receive scientific training in an international and rather informal atmosphere, facilitating exchanges.

Download the provisional program of the Summer School

Topics and invited speakers

The SPS Summer School 2019 will include:


> Theoretical modules
Leading scientists will hold lectures on the topics of the summer school, giving the participants a comprehensive insight into the latest research findings and identifying key open questions in the field.

       - Keynotes (4/6 hours):
            David Touboul, ICSN, Gif-sur –Yvette, France:
            “Recent breakthroughs in analytical chemistry of specialized metabolites”
            Emmanuel Gaquerel, IBMP, Strasbourg, France:
            “Metabolomics-assisted dissection of plants’ metabolic innovations”
            Ivo Feussner, Goettingen University, Germany:
            “What the transcriptome does not tell – the metabolome is closer to the phenotype”

       - Focused seminars (6 hours):
            Flavonoids (Coord.: Loic Lepiniec, IJPB)
            Lipids (Coord.: J.D. Faure, IJPB)
            Carotenoids and derivatives (Coord.: M. Dufresne, IPS2)
            Terpenes (Coord.: A. Boualem, IPS2)

> Practical sessions (12 hours)
During the practical sessions, the participants will proceed to the harvesting, extraction, chemical analysis and data analysis of plant samples.
They will have to choose one of the following practical sessions:
       - Metabolomics using GC-MS analysis (G. Clément)
       - Plant hormones quantification by UHPLC-MS/MS (S. Citerne and G. Mouille)
       - Fatty acid analysis by GC-MS and LC-UV (J.D. Faure and J.L. Cacas)
       - Specialized metabolites profiling and identification using UPLC-HRMS (S. Boutet-Mercey and F. Perreau)

> Presentations of the participants’ projects

> Visits of SPS labs

> Cultural excursion

This varied programme will give plenty of opportunities for discussion with speakers and the other participants.



  • Grégory Mouille (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)
  • François Perreau (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin)

Scientific committee

  • Adnane Boualem (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay, IPS2)
  • François-Didier Boyer (Institut de Chimie des Substance Naturelles, ICSN)
  • Marie Dufresne (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay, IPS2)
  • Jean-Denis Faure (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, IJPB)
  • Loïc Lepiniec (Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, IJPB)

Teaching language



IJPB Chemistry Platform

Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin
Centre INRA Île-de-France Versailles-Grignon
Route de St-Cyr (RD 10)
78000 Versailles

Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay
Bâtiment 630, rue Noetzlin
Plateau du Moulon
91190 Gif-sur-Yvette


You must apply online before February 28, 2019 (midnight).

Meals and accommodation will be covered by Saclay Plant Sciences for the successful applicants for the entire duration of the Summer School, from Sunday June 30 (11 AM) to Thusday July 4 (5 PM). Only transport costs and other possible costs before and after the Summer School have to be borne by the participants' laboratories.

The Summer School is limited to 12 participants.

During the Summer School, the successful participants will have to present their research in 2 to 3 Powerpoint slides (5 min maximum).

Moreover, for your information, a hosting agreement will have to be signed between the host laboratory of each successful participant and IJPB (the laboratory in which most of the Summer School will take place, in particular the hands-on workshops).

For your application, you have to upload a single PDF file containing four documents:
1) A motivation letter explaining your research interests and the expected benefits from attending the school
2) A curriculum vitae
3) An abstract detailing your research project (250 words, with title, author(s), institution(s)), this abstract will be included in the Summer School booklet (distributed to all participants) and must correspond to the short Powerpoint presentation of your research that you will have to prepare for the Summer School.
4) A letter of support from your supervisor or another senior coworker indicating that your host lab will finance your transportation and any additional fees you could have during your stay.



If you wish to sponsor the SPS Summer School 2019, do not hesitate to let us know by filling in the ONLINE SPONSORSHIP FORM

See also

Summer School 2015
Summer School 2016
Summer School 2018


Registration to this partner symposium will be free for the Summer School participants.
However, meals and accomodation during the symposium will not be covered by Saclay Plant Sciences.

Specialized metabolites: from analysis to engineering

July 4-5, 2019 Institute of Plants Sciences Paris-Saclay (IPS2, Gif-sur-Yvette)


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