Summer School 2019

Summer School 2019

Specialized plant metabolites: from analysis to engineering

June 30 – July 4, 2019 – Versailles and Orsay (France)



SPS Summer School 2019

The SPS Summer School 2019 was 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 addressed, 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 brought together 12 participants from all over the world and offered them the chance to receive scientific training in an international and rather informal atmosphere, facilitating exchanges.

Download the program of the Summer School

Topics and invited speakers

The SPS Summer School 2019 included:


> Theoretical modules
Leading scientists held 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:
            “Mass-spectrometry-based approaches for the characterization of plant secondary 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 proceeded to the harvesting, extraction, chemical analysis and data analysis of plant samples.
They had 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 gave 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



Modification date: 22 February 2024 | Publication date: 08 January 2019 | By: MJS