In 2016, LE STUDIUM Loire Valley Institute for Advanced Studies has celebrated its 20th anniversary of activity serving scientific research for academic, institutional and private partners. The organisation has 20 years of experience in developing activities to support research and innovation in Centre-Val de Loire region. Each year, Le Studium welcomes about 20 experienced senior international researchers –across all disciplines- for a long stay in a regional laboratory in order to implement an innovating project. These researchers are selected in the framework of competitive call for applications assessed by independent international experts, and they bring to the region new skills and collaboration perspectives. 
During their time in the region, LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWS are asked to take an active role in the LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS and to contribute to plan for a LE STUDIUM LECTURE.

As part of its mission to contribute to build human capital in the region, Le Studium in partnership with the universities of Orléans and Tours, has committed to invite the Centre-Val de Loire PhD students to attend these events, offering them the opportunity to widen their knowledge and to validate a cross-disciplinary module.


The LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS are monthly interdisciplinary scientific seminars. During each of them, one or two LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWS in residence in the region presents a topic related to his/her research field. The scientific presentation is introduced by the host scientist and/or a laboratory representative who gives some contextual elements and presents the laboratory, the different research teams and projects. The presentations give rise to very open discussions between researchers who work in very different fields. These events finish with a cocktail during which participants share ideas and get to know each other better. The goal is that these transdisciplinary exchanges arouse creativity and develop in the manner of a think tank concept.

Every first Thursday of each month (except in August- namely 11 events per year), LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS gather:

  • The LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWS in residence in Région Centre-Val de Loire (Smart Loire Valley General Program and ARD2020 Programmes)
  • Their host scientists in the region
  • Their guests, usually international researchers who collaborate with them
  • PHD or master students who work in their laboratory
  • Invited local people

An electronic RSVP invitation is disseminated to all LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWS, research laboratories and university doctoral schools in order to manage upfront events’ logistics. Registration is mandatory.

These meetings gather around 30 people per session. 


The LE STUDIUM LECTURES are public presentations aiming at spreading the scientific knowledge. In the framework of international conferences, LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWS and their host laboratories plan for and organize a LE STUDIUM LECTURE highlighting a specific scientific topic. A scientific personality gives the lecture and answers questions. The presentation in French takes place in the early evening from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm (a one-hour presentation followed by an exchange time).

Registration for PhD Students is mandatory.

A dozen of LECTURES is organized each year, in Orléans or Tours.   

OFFER: The LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS & LE STUDIUM LECTURES on the program of the Orléans-Tours Doctoral Schools

These events take place in Orléans or in Tours, depending on the location of the host laboratory of the LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOW or the place of the international conference they fit into. At least 20 events will be offered to PhD students each year. 

These events are an opportunity for participants to widen their scientific knowledge.

The topics are varied: human and social sciences, health and life sciences, earth sciences, ecology and environment, computer sciences, mathematics and physics, material and energy sciences.

The speakers introduce popular topics nevertheless at a scientific high-level, enabling people to understand, whatever the level or appetence.

The presentations are instructive and introductions made by the laboratory representatives offer a wide range of research structures and projects in the region.

Speakers and participants of the LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS speak English, those of the LE STUDIUM LECTURES speak French.

The speaking time in the end of events unfolds informally. PhD students can share ideas freely and ask questions spontaneously without any constraint. It is also an opportunity to go beyond common understanding, to grasp the evolutions of the society which are often implicit in the presentations and topics approached by researchers.

Cocktails which are offered after the LE STUDIUM THURSDAYS presentations consist in very good opportunities to build contacts and train the sense of social and professional interaction.

The objectives of this transdisciplinary unit are:

  • to open up PHD students ‘mind to other research topics they are not familiar with – Transdisciplinarity
  • to integrate PHD students to an international community of experienced researchers – Internationalization of research
  • to contribute to human capital assembly in the region - Training

Le Studium opens both events to the Centre-Val de Loire region’s Doctoral Schools : PhD students may seize this opportunity to validate one of the transdisciplinary units they must follow during the 3 years of their PhD course.

How to participate?

Le Studium electronic invitations to events will be sent to PhD students who registered to this new transdisciplinary module with their Doctoral School’s secretariat. The calendar of events is available on the website.

The PhD student must confirm his/her participation by email to Le Studium.

Participation of PhD students will be recorded through the maintenance of presence sheet to be signed a the event’s entrance. Presence sheets will be sent to Doctoral Schools secretariat after each session. Moreover, PhD will have to submit the Doctoral School office a 2-page summary of the scientific content of the LE STUDIUM THURSDAY/LE STUDIUM LECTURE he/she attended and his/her personal analyze. 

At least 5 participations, 3 of them to a LE STUDIUM THURSDAY, are required to validate the transdisciplinary unit.

Calendar of events 2017-2018


Date Speaker Title Thematic Location
07/09/2017 Dr Mauro Simonato - Dr Jérôme Rousselet (URZF) / Dr Natalia Kirichenko - Dr Alain Roques (URZF)  Tracking the expansion of invasive species / Interesting lessons we can learn using past herbarium collections for studying forest insect pest invasions  Earth, Ecology and Environmental sciences Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans
05/10/2017 Dr Emmanuel SARIDAKIS - Dr Marc BOUDVILLAIN
(CBM) / Dr Charles SENNOGA - Dr Ayache BOUAKAZ
New crystallization strategies for structure-guided pharmacological development – Large biological assemblies for RNA metabolism / Microbubbles to deliver drugs in the brain Life and Health Sciences Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans
02/11/2017 Pr Graeme Boone - Pr Philippe Vendrix (CESR) / Dr Ewa Anna ŁUKASZYK - Pr Marie-Luce DEMONET (CESR) Emotion in dufay / The search for the Adamic language and the emergence of transcultural aspiration in the aftermath of the European maritime discoveries Human and Social science Tours
07/12/2017 Dr Marius Sebastian SECULA - Dr Benoît CAGNON (ICMN) / Dr Wolfram KLOPPMANN Developing a new advanced treatment technique for MPs removal from water and wastewater / Multi-isotope and chemical tracing for understanding the sources and fate of macronutrients at the basin scale (MUTUAL) Earth, Ecology, Environmental sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans

11/01/2018 Dr Massimiliano TRAVERSINO- Pr Paul-Alexis MELLET (CESR) / Dr Renaud ADAM - Dr Renaud ADAM (CESR) Will, Power, and Being: Uncovering the Ancient and Mediaeval Blueprints of the Sixteenth-Century Question of Power / Bibliopol@: The Book Market in the Renaissance between France and the Low Countries Human and Social sciences


01/02/2018 Dr William HORSNELL - Prof. Valérie QUESNIAUX (INEM) / Pr Marek ŁOS - Dr Catherine GRILLON (CBM) Targeting acetylcholine receptors to enhance immunity to acute viral infection / Effects of electro-conductive, biomaterial-based tissue scaffolds on stem cells and transdifferentiation-derived somatic cells Life and Health sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans

01/03/2018 Dr Svetlana ELISEEVA - Pr Stephane PETOUD (CBM) / Dr Volodymyr SUKACH - Pr Isabelle GILLAIZEAU (ICOA) Lanthanide-based agents for sensitive and selective near-infrared imaging of living biologicals systems / Exploring the effects of trifluoromethyl group in the design of organocatalysts, enzyme inhibitors and in the conformational control of saturated nitrogen-containing heterocycles Life and Health sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans



Date Speaker Title   Location
28/09/2017 Pr Pierre-Guillaume Méon (Université Libre de Bruxelles) L'euro: une question politique? Economie  Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans
12/10/2017 Dr Sophie Heywood & Dr Cécile Boulaire (InTRu) Le ’68 des enfants : Livres pour enfants et contre-culture Sciences Humaines Bibilothèque Municipale, Tours
18/10/2017 Dr René Eschen (CABI, Suisse) L'importation des plantes vivantes: comment gérer les ravageurs associés Sciences du vivant Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans
23/10/2017 Dr Frederic Patat (Hopital Bretonneau, Tours) Détecter, voir et soigner : des ultrasons aux multiples facettes Sciences du vivant Hôtel de ville, Tours
13/11/2017 Dr Chantal Abergel ( Institut de Microbiologie de la Méditerranée, Marseille) L’univers en expansion des virus géants Sciences du vivant Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans

Rencontres Leonardo

Date Speaker Title   Location
01/02/2017 Dr Brigitte Lucas, neurologue, CHRU Tours & Dr Karim Benchenane, CNRS Paris Le sommeil : Pathologies, recherche et thérapies Sciences du vivant Hotel Dupanloup, Orléans