Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna 2019

The annual Euskampus-Bordeaux Eguna seminar was held on the 29th November 2019 at the University of Bordeaux. A time to present and discuss collaborations between the various stakeholders with a focus this year on the partnership between the cities of Bilbao and Bordeaux.

  • 03/12/2019

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Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna is a day-long event ("eguna" means "day" in Basque) to present and discuss collaborations and projects between the stakeholders. It represents a special opportunity for the researchers, professors, students, project managers and staff from the institutions (UPV/EHU, Tecnalia, DIPC, University of Bordeaux) and partners involved in the Euskampus Bordeaux Campus and knowledge hub communities. The event is also a "get together" to celebrate and experience the rich multilingual and multicultural diversity at the Euroregional level and develop or strengthen friendships between different players in Nouvelle Aquitaine and Euskadi.

The Euskampus Bordeaux Campus now boasts a rich, structured network of collaborative projects based on training, research, innovation and issues of regional and international importance. These projects are connected to the Euroregional territory and its international environment since the collaborations provide an opportunity to advance together and strengthen the appeal of each of the universities.

Over 15 projects presented at Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna 2019

This year, Euskampus Bordeaux Eguna highlighted some fifteen research and training collaborations, concerning the societal challenges and strategic issues regionally and internationally; some of them conducted within the framework of European projects. Examples include:

  • Impact of pollutants on biodiversity and environmental resilience
  • Review of 5 years of collaboration in the bio-health industry through the Rencontres Nouvelle Aquitaine Euskadi Navarre
  • Plans to create a double Master's degree in polymers between UB and UPV/EHU and an inter-university degree in sports traumatology between UBx, UPV/EHU and the Public University of Navarre
  • Ocean i3: the plastic pollution challenge on the cross-border coastline and cross-functional skills development to enhance high-value-added employability in the blue economy sector
  • Plan to create a Euskampus Bordeaux technological intelligence laboratory 
  • Inclusive experiences and sharing mathematics practices in the Basque Country and Nouvelle-Aquitaine to improve academic achievement for students with specific educational needs
  • Enable: a high-quality international training program focusing on improving the simulation of  materials behavior

Spotlight on students in PhD and double Master's programs

Particular attention was also paid to the PhD program, a focus of the Euskampus Bordeaux campus action plan. A number of jointly-supervised PhD students presented their Euskampus Bordeaux and/or European research projects in the "My Thesis in 180 Seconds” format. And as a new feature this year, two students in the double Master's in Oenology presented their internship work.

Bilbao-Bordeaux: strategic collaboration on the Atlantic arc and synergies to be developed with the Euskampus Bordeaux campus

Lastly, the cities of Bilbao and Bordeaux, represented by the Directors of International Relations, discussed the partnership initiated twenty years ago and presented their action plan, which includes numerous activities with the universities to be strengthened or developed.

Main achievements of the Euskampus Bordeaux Campus over the 2014-2019 period

  • 120 students in long-term mobility programs (minimum of 3 months)
  • Over 300 students in short-term mobility programs (one to several days) involved in trans-border meetings or activities (seminars, summer universities, workshops, etc.)
  • Six double degree programs at Bachelor and Master level created or in the process of being created (marine resources, polymers, oenology, physics/chemistry, sports traumatology etc.) in connection with leading-edge sectors in the region
  • 40 jointly-supervised PhD theses initiated (thesis supervised by a Bordeaux director and a Basque director to obtain a doctorate degree from both universities)
  • Building an active community of over 350 researchers who collaborate in various areas (additive manufacturing, aeronautics, aging, autoimmune diseases, translational biophysics, art and science, multilinguism and education, industrial organization, chemistry and physics at the quantum scale, marine resources, educational innovation, mathematics etc.) and work together on research projects, exchange programs for Master's students (internship etc.), sharing of research facilities and inviting research professors for master-classes
  • Creation of three trans-border research laboratories ("Mathematics and its Applications" lab, “AENIGME” lab for advanced manufacturing, “QuantumChemPhys” lab for theoretical aspects of chemistry and physics at the quantum scale), and three others in the phase of planning
  • Celebration of 4 Euskampus-Bordeaux symposiums, held alternately in Nouvelle Aquitaine and in Euskadi, with over 250 participants for each edition
  • Joint participation in 10 large-scale projects presented through European, Euroregional or national calls for projects