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GABI : Génétique Animale et Biologie IntégrativeUnité Mixte de Recherche INRA - AgroParisTech

Creation of a doctoral training course for the Paris Saclay University: Experimental Biology and Predictive Modeling

Creation of a doctoral training course
A one-week long doctoral training course presenting a large scope of research carried out on experimental animal biology and predictive modeling on animal models or farms was organized. The following subjects were treated: the importance of knowledge of animal biodiversity, selection or production of new genotypes, the study of environment-genotype-phenotype interactions, ethical questions associated with animal experimentation and integration of multiple-scale data allowing to go towards modeling and predictive biology.

Context and Stakes

The Paris Saclay University (5000 doctoral students) and the merging of the doctoral schools for the Life Sciences Department (12 Doctoral Schools) have created an important dynamic on the regional level for research teams and doctoral students at the INRA Jouy-en-Josas research center. Within this context, the creation of the Sciences Animales Paris Saclay Institute (SAPS, in 2015 allowed to set up a doctoral training course whose objective was to present the cutting-edge research carried on within the Animal Sciences at the Paris Saclay University. Other objectives were to inform on the scientific fields and new approaches found in the hosting units, to open up the Jouy campus to students from the Paris Saclay University, to initiate a reflection on ethics questions associated with animal experimentation and to identify new ways of communicating on the subjects treated during the course between scientists and society.


A one-week doctoral training course (from 7 to 11 March 2016), supported by three doctoral schools (ABIES, SDSV, BioSigne) with approximately 20 presentations made by scientists and professors – experts in different fields (INRA, AgroParisTechn, CNRS, ENVA, Inserm, University Paris-Sud, UVSQ), a round table with professionals from different economic sectors working on animals (Idele, the WatchFrog company, Adisseo, Ynsect and Avril) were organized along with visits of the core facilities (Metagenopolis, MIMA2, @BRIDGe) located in Jouy-en-Josas. Students could participate in a workshop with the aim of imagining new means of communication between the sciences and society, on the themes treated during the course.
Approximately 10 doctoral students followed this course. The course was also open to personnel working either at the INRA in Jouy or the Paris Saclay campus.


The objective is to make this training course durable and a new session will be proposed in 2017 in order to train students on predictive biology concepts in animal biology and to illustrate these theoretical teachings using application examples. It is also important that young scientists in the animal sciences meet future potential employers and discuss with them what competencies are needed by professionals.   


An increased visibility of the fields and studies carried on within SAPS. Increased competencies of doctoral students trained in the Animal Sciences. Integration of animal science research within a global context of teaching and innovations based on predictive biology approaches. Increased links with human and social sciences fields including ethics and the right to transform the living.