Euskampus-Bordeaux Eguna: strengthening the partnership between UPV/EHU and UBx
The Euskampus-Bordeaux Eguna event took place on the 30th November in San Sebastian, continuing the tradition of the Euskampus-Bordeaux conferences and further consolidating the collaboration between the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, the University of Bordeaux and their partners within the Euskampus and IdEx Bordeaux “Initiatives of Excellence” projects.
Euskampus-Bordeaux Eguna is now an established annual ritual, an opportunity for fruitful exchanges between the academic communities of UPV/EHU, the University of Bordeaux, Tecnalia and the Donostia International Physics Center (DIPC), coordinated by Euskampus Fundazioa. The 2018 event was also an opportunity to showcase the new synergy between two of our flagship initiatives: the Euskampus-Bordeaux Campus and our Euskampus Knowledge Hubs. A period of strategic reflection allowed a new action strategy for the Euskampus-Bordeaux Campus to be validated as of June 2018 and the Euskampus knowledge hubs were characterized by a dynamic, intensive collaboration throughout the year.
This year, researchers from both sides of the border came together to discuss shared challenges and joint projects, to guide future research and to discuss new possibilities for cooperation, with the common aim of boosting the local and international influence of our work.
During the plenary session, 14 Euskampus-Bordeaux projects and 7 Euskampus knowledge hubs were presented to the 210 participants present by a number of Basque-Bordeaux duos. The results of the various cross-border workshops and meetings held between September and November 2018 were also revealed. In addition to these presentations, a series of posters allowed delegates to learn more about some of our key themes: additive manufacturing, aeronautics, ageing, auto-immune diseases, translational biophysics, art and science, multilingual education, industrial organization, physical chemistry at the quantum level, marine resources, innovation in education focusing on micro-plastic pollution in our oceans, math and its applications, etc.
For the first time in the history of this cross-border campus initiative, four research projects, jointly supervised by the two universities, were also showcasedin a session entitled “My Thesis in 180 Seconds" addressing topics as diverse as: “Nanomaterials as carriers of persistent organic pollutants,” “The role of extrasynaptic GABAergic transmission in basal ganglia functions and dysfunctions,” “Photophysical Studies on Molecular Aggregates” and “Dynamical aspects of quantum transport in nanoelectronics.”
The day concluded with an official signing session, ratifying new agreements to further strengthen our collaboration by renewing the partnership framework agreement between UPV/EHU and the University of Bordeaux, setting up two cross-border joint laboratories focusing on manufacturing and advanced materials (LTC AENIGME) and applied mathematics (LTC TRANSMATH), and finalizing a newprotocol agreement on the science and technology of cement-based materials (BASKRETE).
This multi-cultural conference was conducted in four languages (French, English, Spanish and Basque) with simultaneous translations available, in keeping with the spirit of the Diálogo Prize 2018 for Franco-Spanish cooperation, presented to UPV/EHU and the University of Bordeaux in Paris on the 8th November.