Main objectives

  1. Create a training program in English dedicated to the IGO Labex and open to the scientific community
  2. Become experts in innovative technologies, confront the practices in IGO laboratories
  3. Prepare our students to be actors of their future

Courses in Immunology and Oncology plus elective, such as biochemistry, genetics and cell biology. Courses will be typically completed within the Master 2 dedicated to immune oncology and transplantation that will soon be created in Nantes. Specialists in the domain will provide classes on these fields in English in order to reach the whole scientific community.


In order to increase the overall visibility of the IGO network for students, a two-day training session including a visit of the labs, a presentation of several research programs, and a visit of core facilities will be organized for a limited number of undergraduate students. In this regard, the UFR Sciences et Techniques of Nantes university has recently opened an advanced biology training channel that could be targeted for this lobbying activity.

Extensive practical course training.

Throughout the first year, Ph.Dstudents will be trained on the core facilities available within the IGO consortium (flowcytometry, microscopy, production of recombinant protein, genetic analysis, animal handling, genecloning, metrology…). Or objective is to implement each core facility with high-tech equipments that would be dedicated in part to educational training. The IGO network will cover access fees, consumables and co‐funding of some devices. Training will be dispensed by the teaching-personal of the Universities (Medicine, Pharmacy and Science) in close collaboration with technical supervisors of the various core facilities. This extensive hands-on training should yield highly motivated students selected from the M1 and M2.

Laboratory Rotations

Each student will have to complete 2 laboratory rotations within the IGO labs throughout his/herMaster. During rotations, the student will learn different immunological methods and experimental approaches. This will help students selecting their PhD project and will strengthen the overall links within the IGO network.


During their Ph.D, students will have the possibility to have a teaching assistantship in an Immunology course (for undergraduate students mainly through practical courses in the domain of cellular biology, Immunology or biochemistry) (“Monitorat”supervised by the University of Nantes).

Summer schools

The IGO network and motivated students will organize a summer school program (one per year). Students will contribute (Poster presentation, oral communication) to this summer school during their PhD. The IGO network will invite international leading scientists in the field of Immunology to participate to this program.

International courses and mobility

The proposed LMD program will be upgraded to an international level, eg by proposing a new Erasmus Mundus project dedicated to the IGO field, and by promoting access for IGO students to existing European training programs already involving some IGO teams, such as the Initial Training Network Marie Curie STROMA (partner3), the COST EU program European Network for Translational Immunology Research and Education (ENTIRE) (partner2) and the Erasmus Mundus NANOFAR program (partner 1).


People in charge of this workshop :

And their colleagues : Patricia Amé-Thomas, Maha Ayyoub, Céline Beauvillain, Michel Chérel, Nadine Gervois, Yannick Guilloux, Christophe Jamin , Régis Josien, Agnès Moreau Aubry, Xavier Saulquin & Karin Tarte