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?

The PhD student must confirm her/his participation by email to LE STUDIUM a few days before the event. Only registered participation will be taken into consideration.

  • In case of virtual meetings, she/he will receive the link of connexion. A presence sheet will be established by LE STUDIUM.
  • For classical meetings, participation of PhD students will be recorded through the maintenance of a presence sheet to be signed at the event’s entrance.
Presence sheets will be sent to Doctoral Schools secretariat after each session.

Moreover, within one week of the event, the PhD student will have to submit a 2-page English summary presenting the scientific content of the LE STUDIUM THURSDAY/LE STUDIUM LECTURE. This document should also reflect her/his personal analyze of the considered subject.

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

Please send your emails (registration/summary) to maurine.villiers@lestudium-ias.fr.

Calendar of events 2020 / 2021


Date Speaker Title Thematic Location


Prof. Georg von Samson-Himmelstjerna (ISP) / Dr Grégory Guirimand (BBV)

It’s a wormy world - Parasitic nematode infections: Relevance, challenges and options for more sustainable treatment / Engineering yeast cell factories to produce anticancer drugs: what a thrilling challenge! 

Life & Health Sciences

Villa Rabelais, Tours


Dr Margriet Hoogvliet (CESR)

A Social and Spatial Approach to Religious Reading in French (c. 1450-c. 1550)

Human and Social Sciences

Bibliothèque Municipale CESR, Tours


Dr Edurne Serrano-Larrea (CEMHTI) / Dr Dominique Arrouays (Infosul Unit)

Porous materials for environmental applicationsDigital soil mapping for soil sustainable management

Materials and Energy sciences / Earth, Ecology & Environment sciences

Centre INRAE Val de Loire, Ardon

10/09/2020 Dr Rebecca Tharme (CESR) / Dr Georgios Nikiforidis (PCM2E) Riverscapes and Lifeways - Biocultural Diversity and Flow Management in Large RiversA highly concentrated Vanadium Protic Ionic Liquid Electrloyte for the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery Human and Social Sciences / Materials and Energy sciences MSH Val de Loire, Tours
01/10/2020 Dr Jean-François Deluchey (ICD) / Dr Magdalena Malinowska (BBV)

 Neoliberal government of life and death / Grape metabolomics and cell cosmetics

Human and Social Sciences / Life & Health Sciences

Salle du Conseil, Tours 

05/11/2020 Dr Illia Zymak (LPC2E) / Dr Michael Pitcher (CEMHTI) High-resolution mass spectrometry for rigorous in situ exploration of planets and moons of the Solar system / Aerodynamic levitation, laser melting, and the synthesis of new functional ceramics Materials and Energy sciences 

Virtual meeting

03/12/2020 Dr Arunabh Ghosh (PCM2E) / Prof. Adrian Wolstenholme (ISP) Phenylacetonitrile and Ionic Liquid Blends as Alternative Electrolytes for Safe and High-Performance SupercapacitorsCaenorhabditis elegans as a tool for studying drug targets from parasitic nematodes Materials and Energy sciences / Life & Health Sciences Virtual meeting
07/01/2021 Dr Barbara Cavalazzi (CBM) / Dr Raphaël Cahen (POLEN) Terrestrial analogues in the search for life on MarsSocio-cultural history of international lawyers Earth, Ecology and Environmental sciences / Human and Social Sciences Virtual meeting
04/02/2021 Prof. Maria Teresa Salgado Guimarães da Silva (REMELICE) / Prof. Igor Denysenko (GREMI) Images of the search for happiness in African LiteratureModeling of reactive plasmas for nanoparticle synthesis Human and Social Sciences / Materials and Energy sciences Virtual meeting
04/03/2021 Prof. Asunción Fernández (GREMI) / Dr Laura Piveteau (CEMHTI) A bottom-up plasma process to fabricate “solid-gas” nanocomposite layers: New materials and applicationsTowards a better understanding of order and disorder in inorganic materials with solid-state NMR spectroscopy Materials and Energy sciences Virtual meeting
01/04/2021 Dr María-Cristina Del Rincon-Castro (IRBI) / Prof. Eugeen Schreurs (CESR)   Baculovirus: an entomopathogenic virus with high potential as biological pest control agentsThe music in the collegiate, later cathedral church of Our Lady in Antwerp (c. 1370 – 1530): a mirror of international prosperity? Life & Health Sciences / Human and Social Sciences  Virtual meeting



Date Speaker Title Thematic Location


Dr Dominique Guyomard (IMN)

Le stockage de l’énergie électrique. Applications, technologies et challenges

Materials and Energy sciences

Hôtel de Ville de Tours, Tours


Dr Denis Servent (CEA)

Venins, du poison au médicament

Life & Health Sciences

Hôtel Dupanloup, Orléans