COVID-19 FAQs: Research, valorization, doctoral studies

Are laboratories still opened? 

In compliance with March 14th 2020 decree to limit the virus propagation, student and public reception at the University is suspended until further notice. As part of the University activity resumption plan, some activities that cannot be done remotely or considered as essential in-person could be undertaken on site, only if sanitary safety conditions are respected.

Some of the research laboratories will therefore progressively reopen in the following weeks. This decision has been made in tandem with the other supervisory and partner authorities (CNRS, INSERM, INSA, etc.). We recommend you to contact your laboratory direction for any further information

Are all the research events cancelled?

All events linked to research are suspended until further notice. Some might be rescheduled at a later date, when possible.

Are travels in France or abroad still possible?

All incoming or outgoing mobilities are suspended until further notice. For those who are currently abroad, please contact consulate authorities to know what to do.

Consult the website of Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères

I was supposed to achieve my HDR shortly, is the oral delayed?

It is recommended to report your oral to September 2020. If the original date must absolutely be maintained, please contact the doctoral studies unit: or

My thesis oral was supposed to take place before July. May I do it now?

Except for imperative reasons, the University must avoid planning orals before the 3rd trimester of 2020. In case of exceptional maintaining, only the candidate and the jury’s president will be present in the same room. All other jury’s members must participate to the oral with videoconference or by another communication mean that allows their identification and deliberation. We advise you to test the videoconference’s operationality beforehand. 

I am currently working under a doctoral contract, postdoc contract or a fixed-term research contract, will my contract be extended because of the sanitary crisis impacts on my research activity?

The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation recently announced in a press release the possibility of potentially extending doctoral and postdoc contracts as well as fixed-term research contracts affected by sanitary crisis. At this point, this does not confirm the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation commitment to finance the extension of all contracts. National decisions as well as employing institution decisions might be taken, that is why we are not able to confirm the extension of your contract at the moment.

Pending further information from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, we are currently asking research units to draw up an inventory of all contracts affected by the sanitary crisis.

Are the doctoral studies planned in April-May-June still maintained? 

All trainings are reported to further dates. All doctoral students will be informed through mail of new dates later on.

Are exercise thesis orals maintained?

Yes. Medical and pharmaceutical thesis orals should be held so that the professionals can take their functions as soon as possible. Planned exercice thesis orals for interns completing their last semester in April must therefore be maintained.

Oral authorizations and jury validation should be held at UFR Santé (Health Faculty) by contacting the postgraduate office ( or the UFR Santé director office, when necessary (

In case of struggle, you can contact the UFR Santé director: Monsieur le Professeur Benoît Veber (

Videoconference will be facilitated as far as possible and thesis will be presented with no public.