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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

International SPS Conference 2018

July 4-6, 2018 - Paris-Saclay

Plant Sciences for the Future

The “International SPS Conference 2018: Plant Sciences for the Future” took place from July 4 to July 6, 2018, on the Université Paris-Saclay campus, in Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

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During two and a half days, 27 scientists have presented their research through talks (keynote lecture on plant epigenetics and then 3 sessions with 16 invited speakers and 10 talks selected on abstracts). Moreover, 44 attendees presented a poster, among which 27 also benefited from a 2-min flash-talk to raise interest for their poster.

This conference attracted 130 attendees (balanced sex ratio: 60 women, 70 men) coming from French laboratories but also from foreign labs, 8 different countries and 21 nationalities were represented.

The topics of the 3 sessions (1. Nutrition, Metabolism and Environmental Interactions, 2. Developmental and Cell Biology, 3. Biotech and Plant Breeding) were broad enough for any scientist working in the field of plant sciences to propose an abstract (poster or talk). However, the sessions also included 8 focuses in order to highlight new techniques / technologies and major scientific breakthroughs. The conference received from the attendees a very positive feedback on the topics and quality of the talks (invited speakers as well as talks selected on abstracts).

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The interesting scientific program and convivial atmosphere of the conference fostered interactions among the attendees. Fruitful discussions opened the way to new collaborations and post-doctoral opportunities.

The congress was followed by our international Summer School (8-13 July) on plant epigenetics, thus echoing the conference's keynote lecture.

The conference in numbers:
- 130 attendees including 41 young scientists (2 Master’s students, 21 PhD candidates, 18 post-docs) and 7 representatives of the private sector.
- 60 women and 70 men
- Labs from 8 countries (Australia, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, UK, USA)
- 21 nationalities (Algeria, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Tunisia, UK, USA, Vietnam)
- 27 talks (among which 17 international and local invited speakers)
- 44 posters (including 27 flash-talks of 2 minutes)
- 3 booths

Sessions and invited speakers



David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge


Secondary metabolites

Anne Osbourn, John Innes Centre

Adnane Boualem, Institut de Sciences des Plantes Paris-Saclay

Beneficial interactions

Paola Bonfante, Università di Torino

Bertrand Hirel, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin

Photosynthesis and climate change

Stephen L. Long, University of Illinois

Michael Hodges, Institut de Sciences des Plantes Paris-Saclay



Yvon Jaillais, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon

Alexis de Angeli, Institut de Biologie Intégrative de la Cellule

Cytoplasm-nucleus interaction

Dario Leister, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Françoise Budar, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin


George Bassel, University of Birmingham

Marie-Laure Martin-Magniette, Institut de Sciences des Plantes Paris-Saclay


New breeding approaches

Holger Puchta, Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie

Laurence Moreau, Génétique Quantitative et Evolution - Le Moulon

Synthetic biology

Jennifer Nemhauser, University of Washington

Matthieu Jules, Institut Micalis


Chair: Loïc Lepiniec (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Co-chair: Martin Crespi (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)

Michael Hodges (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Herman Höfte (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Annie Marion-Poll (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Claire Lurin (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Sébastien Thomine (Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell)
Mathilde Fagard (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Olivier Martin (Quantitative Genetics and Evolution - Le Moulon)

Scientific committee

Sébastien Thomine (Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell)
Olivier Martin (Quantitative Genetics and Evolution - Le Moulon)
Samantha Vernhettes (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Françoise Budar (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Etienne Delannoy (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Philippe Andrey (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Michael Hodges (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Mathilde Fagard (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Adnane Boualem (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Jean Colcombet (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Pascal Ratet (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Anja Krieger (Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell)
Herman Höfte (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Jean-Denis Faure (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Matthieu Falque (Quantitative Genetics and Evolution - Le Moulon)
Matthieu Reymond (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Grégory Mouille (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)
Martin Crespi (Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay)
Hervé Vaucheret (Jean-Pierre Bourgin Institute)


Download the conference abstract book

Partners and sponsors


Logo INRA Transparent

Département BAP

SDV - UPSaclay
Journal of Cell Science

Cette conférence a reçu une subvention de The Compagny of Biologists (

Company of Biologists

Gold sponsor


Bronze sponsor


Exhibition booths