Plant health and quality

Located in Angers, the Plant Health and Quality Summer School is organized by one of the first high Education Training Centres in France on plant science


Welcoming at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport: Saturday 22nd June 2019.

Starting date of the summer school: Monday 24th June 2019.

Located in Angers, the Plant Health and Quality Summer School is organized by one of the first high Education Training Centres in France on plant science with 3000 students/year and an excellent support for research and close links with major economic players. With 400 researchers, including 175 permanent scientists, 65 PhDs, Angers is the first research centre in France on horticulture and seed sciences.

Summer school websites:

Summer schools of the University of Angers

Plant Health and Quality summer school

The Plant Health and Quality Summer School is jointly run by members of the Federative Research Structure on Plant Health and Quality SFR QUASAV which groups together 9 research units.




Participants will arrive on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport.

Throughout the Summer School, participants will be guided and assisted by two English-speaking buddy students. They will welcome the participants at the airport and will take with them a high speed train to Angers (transportation from Paris to Angers included in the admission fees


Participants will be accommodated from June 22nd to July 13th, 2019 at the “cité Belle Beille” student residence.


All meals are included (except for the week-end in Paris if they decide to spend the whole week-end there at their own expense).


Bicycles from the city of Angers will be at the disposal of the participants for the duration of stay. They can also use the Irigo public transport network (Tram and buses) thanks to the transport pass provided.



End of the summer school courses: Friday 12th July 2019.

Transfer from Angers to Paris: Saturday 13th July 2019.



Please find more details on the syllabus and the summer school here

Please find the schedule here



Expected level of the participants: Master students and students in the last year of their Bachelor degree.

The scientific program includes:

-Plant Health sessions

-Plant Quality sessions

-Hands-on activities


Welcome speeches and presentation of research structures: 3 h

Conferences: 13 one-hour conferences including international speakers

Hands-on activities: 12 training sessions including biological experiments or bioinformatic sessions (27 h)

Scientific visits : 8 visits of laboratories, companies, research institutes, botanical gardens…



A meeting will be organised with local PhD students from China and other nationalities to inform the students of the summer school about preparing a PhD thesis in France.

Summer school participants will be asked to present their master’s research project in a dedicated afternoon session. A two-hour preparation session (personal work) is scheduled in the program.

Scientific visits:

- SNES GEVES (Variety and Seed Study and Control Group)

- LSV-ANSES (Plant Health Laboratory)

- CIRM-CFBP (French Collection of Plant associated Bacteria)

- PHENOTIC (instrumentation for high throughput plant phenotyping)

- ITEIPMAI (French research institute for perfume, medicinal and aromatic plants)

- Roses Loubert (national collection, old rose garden)

- VILMORIN (Seed company)

- Tropical greenhouse of the National Museum of Natural History, Paris




French language and cultural courses:

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


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.

Many activities will be offered during the stay. Some of them will be common with the participants of the other Summer Schools: welcome barbecue, guided visit of Angers city center, day trip to the Atlantic coast. Leisure activities will also be organized: kayak session and Summer Schools challenge where participants of all the Summer Schools of the University of Angers will compete in different games in a pleasant atmosphere.

Participants 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 ( ), participants will spend a free Friday afternoon/evening in Paris and will have dinner in a restaurant before coming back to Angers. If they wish, they will also have the opportunity to stay the week-end in Paris at their own expense. The organisation of this week-end in Paris will be at their charge.

Costs of all activities are included in the admission fees (except the week-end in Paris).



Welcome date: Saturday 22nd June 2019.

From June 23rd to July 12th 2019 in University of Angers, “campus du Végétal”

The total number of places is limited to 30.

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

Accommodation, meals and local transportation are all included

The summer school will deliver 6 ECTS.

The summer school is open to Master students and students in the last year of their Bachelor degree.

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