Thesis oral examination

At least two months before the thesis defence

The thesis director sends the jury composition proposal to the ABIES correspondent person. If the doctoral school agrees with the composition, the doctoral candidate will be asked to declare the thesis defence on ADUM. Once the composition of the jury is approved, the doctoral candidate or the thesis director will contact the jury members to decide on the defence date.

Doctoral candidates defending after the 31st of December must re-enrol for the next university year and the re-enrolment process must have been completed before starting to declare the thesis defence. The doctoral candidate must update the ADUM profile, especially the training and the accepted publications, as well as give a permanent email address.

 

For a thesis defence at Paris-Saclay university

The doctoral candidate must use the cover page model found in this page.

The defence process is entirely online. The doctoral candidate declares the thesis defence on ADUM

Once the 1st manuscript deposit has been checked and the official request for the report sent, the doctoral candidate will be contacted by AgroParisTech for the thesis submission.

 

For a thesis defence at AgroParisTech

The doctoral candidate must use the cover pages model found in here

The doctoral candidate declares his/her thesis defence on ADUM

Once the 1st manuscript deposit has been checked and the official request for the report sent, the doctoral candidate will be contacted by AgroParisTech for the thesis submission.

 

Three weeks before the thesis defence

For a thesis defence at Paris-Saclay university

For a thesis defence at AgroParisTech

 

Some rules about the thesis defence

Jury Composition

Reviewers must:

The jury is composed of

The thesis director participates in the jury but must not be involved in the decision. Therefore, the thesis director does not sign the PV. 

 

On the day of the thesis defence

Jury members nominate a president. If one of the jury members cannot participate at the last minute, the president ensures that the jury composition is still valid and otherwise postpones the defence.
The president must be Professor or equivalent. HDR is not enough for professor equivalence, thus a Maître de Conférences or a Chargé de Recherche with HDR cannot be president. The thesis director and the supervisors cannot be president. The "procès-verbal de soutenance" (PV, defence minutes) is not signed by the thesis director.
The president writes a thesis defence report that is signed by all jury members, including the thesis director and the co-director.
Invited members can ask questions during the thesis defence but cannot take part in the deliberation and do not sign the documents.

 

Minutes and defence report

For Paris-Saclay University
The thesis director or the president collects the signed documents and the proxies (for a remote defence) and

For AgroParisTech
The thesis director or the president collects the signed documents and the proxies (for a remote defence) and sends them to AgroPArisTech doctoral studies direction by email and by post (Direction des Formations doctorales d'AgroParisTech 19 avenue du Maine 75732 PARIS cedex 15)

 

After the thesis defence

Within THREE MONTHS, the doctor must modify the manuscript as requested by the jury members and add the president and the NNT number on his/her thesis manuscript cover page. If the thesis is written in English, he/she must add a substantial summary in French (less than 15 pages). He/she then uploads his/her manuscript on ADUM (second submission).


Documents and forms to be sent or uploaded on Adum:

For Paris-Saclay University on his/her ADUM personal account

For AgroParisTech, by email to the doctoral school

If the submission is correctly fulfilled, the diploma production and the thesis dissemination can be rapidly done. No success certificate or diploma will be delivered without the second submission.

 

After the thesis

About 90 thesis are defended each year at ABIES. An individual follow-up is done every year and up to five years after the thesis defence. Doctors are requested to update their ADUM profile with their professional activities during 5 years after their PhD awarding.
A database including all doctors and doctoral candidates since 1999 allows a follow-up of the employment situation of doctors.