The France Excellence 2018 Summer School "Plant Health and Quality" will take place from June 26th to July 19th 2018 in University of Angers.


Located in Angers, the Plant Health & Quality summer school is organized by one of the first high Education Training Centres in France on plant science with 2500 students/year and an excellent support for research and close links with major economic players. With 400 researchers, including 175 permanent scientists, 66 PhDs (in 2016), Angers is the first research centre in France on horticulture and seed sciences with track-record excellence in research focusing on quality and health of horticultural crops and seeds.

We offer participants conferences by renowned researchers and various hands-on workshops with the participation of international researchers from our partner universities and institutions. Topics to be covered include different research fields in plant health and quality: plant defense stimulation and plant resistance, disease diagnostic, plant and pathogen genomics, parasitic plants, weed control in intercropping systems, quality of seeds, fruit production and development, sensory analysis...

You will have the opportunity to visit different research labs with state-of-the-art equipment (plant and seed phenotyping facilities, biological resource centres, diagnostic laboratory…) as well as botanical gardens and experimental fields.

The Summer School not only offers a fine selection of interesting courses and scientific visits, it also aims at giving you an unforgettable stay in France. You will enjoy the numerous social activities in our beautiful historical city and your one-day trips in Paris and on the Atlantic seashore. You will entertain and make botanical discoveries with the visit of Terra Botanica, the only theme park in France devoted to Plant Life.

Programme of summer School


The Plant Health & Quality summer school is jointly run by the University of Angers (UA), the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), the University of Nantes (UN,), two ‘elite public university-level college’ (Agrocampus Ouest and Ecole Supérieure d’Agriculture), the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) and the Variety and Seed Study and Control Group (GEVES).

Université d’Angers :

INRA, research centre Pays de la Loire :

Université de Nantes :

Agrocampus Ouest :

Ecole Supérieure d’Agricultures ESA :

ANSES, Plant Health Laboratory :

Variety and Seed Study and Control Group (GEVES) :

Welcome and support during your stay:

Throughout the Summer School, you will be guided and assisted by two English-speaking buddy students. They will welcome you at the airport and they will assist you during your travel from Paris to Angers and then will help you for your installation in your residence. During your stay, they will help you to move around the city and on the Plant Science campus “campus du Végétal”. They may also help you during social activities and during weekends if you ask them. You will be able to contact them almost 24 hours a day if you have a problem.

On the second day, you will also meet people from the Confucius Institute in Angers ( Chinese speaking people will be able to answer all specific requests you may have.

Arrival in France and transfer to Angers:

Welcoming at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport : Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Starting date of the summer school : Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

You will arrive on Tuesday June 26th at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport. Your buddy students will welcome you at the airport and you will take with them a high speed train to Angers (transportation from Paris to Angers included in the admission fees). Once in Angers, you will be installed in your home at student residence “Couffon-Pavot” very close to the city center of Angers. On Wednesday, June 27th morning the buddy students will escort you to the “campus du végétal” where the summer school takes place.


You will be accommodated from June 26th to July 18th, 2018 at the Couffon-Pavot residence in fully furnished single rooms with private shower ( The accommodation is located 20 minutes by bike from the “campus du végétal” where the summer school courses take place. Public transport can also be used. This accommodation is closed to Angers city center (15 min walk).


All your meals are included (except for the week-end in Paris if you decide to spend the whole week-end there). Breakfasts will be provided. Monday to Friday lunches will be taken at the nearest university restaurant. Depending on the activity you may also have a picnic. Most of the dinners will be taken at “Foyer Marguerite d’Anjou” ( ) in the city center at 10-minute walk from your accommodation. The restaurant is closed on Saturday evening and Sunday: meal trays or picnic will be provided.


You will have at your disposal bicycles from the city of Angers for the duration of your stay (daily trips to “campus du Végétal”, excursions to the city center, in the city parks, along the Loire river). You can also use the Irigo public transport network (Tram and bus) thanks to the transport pass provided.

Back to China

End of the summer school courses: Wednesday, 18th July, 2018

Transfer from Angers to Paris: Thursday, July 19th, 2018 

You will leave Angers on Thursday, July 19th, 2018: you will take a direct high speed train from Angers to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (train ticket included in the fees). You will be able to fly back to China the same day.


Summary of the scientific program:

See the detailed program in the pdf file

Welcome speeches and presentation of research structures: 3 h

Conferences: 10 one-hour conferences including international speakers (confirmed speaker: Carolee Bull from Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Practical workshops: 13 training sessions including biological experiments or bioinformatics sessions (26 h)

Personal research project under supervision of the scientific coordinators: 8h

Roundtable (3h) “Studying at Angers and preparing a PhD thesis in France” - General informations about PhD fellowships - Roundtable with foreign students studying in Angers and researchers

Scientific visits: nine visits including plant health laboratory (with demonstration of digital PCR), biological resource centres, interprofessionnal organisations, plant phenotyping facilities, experimental fields and greenhouses


Courses and workshops will mostly take place at Angers Plant Science campus or « Campus du Végétal » which benefits from 8,400 m2 of laboratories and offices, 6900 m2 of greenhouses and growth chambers and cutting-edge technology in shared-access technical facilities.

French language and cultural courses:

The French language and culture class will be given in the form of a three-day intensive programme (18 hours) at the beginning of the Summer School so that you may be able to practice and improve your French during your 3 weeks in France.

The courses will be taught by the CeLFE teachers (French Language Center for Foreigners of the University of Angers) in their fully-equipped class room. The Label « French foreign Language quality », issued to the French as a foreign Language (FFL) centres, guarantees the quality of both the courses and services we provide to our students.

Courses will focus on communication objectives. You will then be able to develop your linguistic and communicative skills. The activities of the courses will be various: scenarios simulating everyday life situations, linguistic exercises, comprehension of audio documents, etc.



Detailed programme of the French course


Morning 9h-12h

French language course

Afternoon 14h-17h

French culture

June 27th

Introduce oneself, talk about one's university career, ask questions, do one's portrait

To know France: the big cities, the regions, the departments, the

French symbols and stereotypes.

To know Angers: the places, the symbols, the specialties of Angers.

June 28th

Telling a daily routine: the moments of the day, activities of daily life, describe the meals (moments / hours / contents)

The calendar of the holidays, the important moments of the year: holiday periods / destinations / habits of the French.

June 29th

Shopping at the market (fruit / vegetables, ask for a product, a price, a quantity), say what you like

French gastronomy: to know the regional specialties, to describe a French and a Chinese dish.



The welcoming by the Confucius Institute, on the second day, will also allow you to better understand the differences in lifestyle between France and China.


Angers is a beautiful medieval city located in western France in the Loire Valley ( ), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its wines and castles. Angers has a unique 12th century fortress and the world’s largest medieval tapestry.

Regularly acknowledged in the national press as one of the leading cities in France for its quality of life and respect for the environment, Angers has been awarded as the “greenest city in France” ( ).

With 38,000 students every year, in an urban area of 250,000, Angers offers a very dynamic lifestyle with frequent cultural events and festivals.

Many activities will be offered during your stay. Some of them will be common with the participants of the other Summer Schools: welcome barbecue, sightseeing tour of the Angers city Center in a little tourist train ( , day trip to Paris, farewell drink in the Jean Lurçat museum located in one of the exceptional monuments from Angers' heritage  (, day trip to the Atlantic coast.

Your residence will be closed to the city centre, so you will be able to enjoy the summer evenings in the city and to assist to free concerts on the banks of the Maine river (Temporives summer festival, ).

You will also visit Terra Botanica ( ), the only theme park in France which is devoted to plant life.

After the guided tour in the tropical greenhouses (Grandes Serres) of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris ( ), you will spend at least a free afternoon/evening in Paris. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to spend the week-end in Paris. The organisation of this week-end will be at your charge. Costs of all other activities are included in the admission fee.



Plant Health and Quality
From June 26th to July 19th 2018 in University of Angers
The total number of places is limited to 30.

The price does not include the trip from China to Paris.  

Except the case of the student wants to spend his weekend in Paris all meals,  accommodation and local transportation are included.
The French Embassy reserves a limited number of grants to students with an exceptional academic background. Grants cover the tuition fees but do not cover the trip from China to Paris.
The summer school will deliver 6 ECTS
The summer school is reserved to Chinese master students.

To apply, please follow the application procedure on the main page.


Price: 20.000 CNY