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 2019-2020


Date Speaker Title Thematic Location


Prof. Dmitri Kharzeev (IDP)

Chiral matter: from quarks to quantum computers

Computer Science, Mathematics & Mathematical Physics



Dr Emilio M. Sanfilippo (CESR) / Prof. Richard Freedman (CESR)

Ontology for cultural heritageMusic and Digital Scholarship: Lessons from the Renaissance

Human and Social Sciences

CESR, Tours


Dr Thimmalapura Marulappa Vishwanatha

Inventing new reactions for chemical proteins synthesis

Materials & energy sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans


Prof. Manuela Simoni (INRA) / Dr Frédéric Jean-Alphonse (INRA)

Reproductive challenges of the 21st centuryInvestigating gonadotropin hormone actions on the cellular level: Toward a better knowledge and control of gonadal biology

 Life & Health Sciences



Dr Juanita Mora-Gomez (ISTO) / Dr Arlette Richaud-Torres (CEMHTI)

Microorganisms and climate change: a critical piece in the global environmental puzzleOxydative stress: from molecular structure to health

Earth, Ecology and Environmental sciences /  Materials & Energy sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans


Prof. Ilija Stefanovic (GREMI) / Dr Wolfgang Wisniewski (CEMHTI)

Plasma / Glass crystallisation

 Life & Health Sciences / Materials & energy sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans



Date Speaker Title Thematic Location


Jacques Livage (Collège de France, Académie des Sciences)

Les secrets de la couleur des verres et des céramiques

Sciences des matériaux et de l'énergie

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans


Jens Christian Moesgaard (Chercheur invité à l'Université d'Orléans)

Les Vikings en France - les monnaies racontent

Human and Social Sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans


Prof. Robert Barouki (Université Paris Descartes)

Les perturbateurs endocriniens et la nouvelle toxicologie

Life & Health Sciences

Hôtel de Ville de Tours, Tours


Dr Céline Couteau  & Dr Laurence Coiffard (Université de Nantes)

En 2019, faut-il avoir peur des cosmétiques ? 

Life & Health Sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans


Dr Yuri Dancik & Dr Franck Bonnier (NMNS)

Produits cosmétiques: Parlons pénétration cutanée! 

Life & Health Sciences

Hôtel de Ville de Tours, Tours