Our PhD program


The PhD program of the IGDR offers additional training to the ones offered by the Biology Health Graduate School of the University of Rennes 1 or by other graduate schools to which the PhD students from IGDR are affiliated.
This program has four main goals:
1 / to respect science ethics and research integrity
2 / to develop soft skills complementary to research activity
3 / to encourage exchanges and to build their professional network

Format & content

To discover new techniques and approaches

The techniques and methods used in the context of a thesis are rarely the only ones used in professional life. In academia and in industry, projects evolve and the researcher must learn to feed his inventiveness by his curiosity, taking advantage of his broad knowledge or by easily identifying the resources / knowledge that will be needed.

By leveraging the diversity of questions, knowledge, and methods implemented at the IGDR, the doctoral program offers students to train to techniques and approaches other than those engaged strictly needed for their thesis project.

> FORMAT: Practical immersion workshops over several half-days in a research team from IGDR

Science ethics and integrity

Scientific research requires a strong ethics to conduct research, generate data, present and publish results. Its is essential for students to develop scientific integrity, focusing in particular on objectivity, reproducibility and utility. They will also learn how to keep records, respect authorship and acknowledgements, and how to avoid bias, alteration, falsification, plagiarism, conflicts of interest... in line with the Singapore Statement on Research Integrity (https://wcrif.org/statement)

> FORMAT: Conferences and round table. See for instance the program established by the PhD schools.

To develop soft skills complementary to research activity

Scientific excellence is necessary but not sufficient to build a scientific career in research or R & D. Strong skills in scientific communication (oral and written) and project management are also essential. Moreover, it is important that students can quickly develop a synthetic and prospective vision in different areas of research so that they can give a perspective to their research, clearly identify emerging topics and sharpen their apperception.

> FORMAT: - Debriefings of internal seminar talks ; they are organised after each internal seminar
                   - Special seminar series "Doctoral Program / PhD Program" with outstanding scientists invited to share their project development experience and their vision, followed by a discussion with students. Invited speakers included Christian Sardet, Yves Barral and Manuel Théry.

To encourage exchanges and to build their professional network

The thesis is also a practical to train to careers in academic or industrial research and the opportunity to create a first professional network. To facilitate this learning, the doctoral program of the IGDR invites students to exchange with more experienced students, researchers and professionals, and to develop their interpersonal skills.

> FORMAT: Workshops and panel discussions on practical and methodological issues (look for a postdoc; make the most of a conference; scientific writing etc.)

Targeted audience

The doctoral program is open primarily to PhD students of the IGDR but also to voluntary postdocs and students in Master M2, trainee at the IGDR, upon availabilities.


IGDR PhD program team:

Giulia Bertolin (responsable) Hélène Bouvrais Romain Gibeaux Mathieu Pinot Sébastien Corre Sébastien Huet Pascale Quignon