Publish Date: 08.06.2020

Category: News from the University

The members of the EUTOPIA alliance decided to fund 12 PhD co-tutelle projects within the framework of the EUTOPIA PhD co-tutelle program 2020 promoting scientific excellence, research collaboration and academic mobility.

Launched in January 2020 and coordinated by CY Cergy Paris Université, this program is a significant activity of the EUTOPIA alliance in support of research cooperation. It illustrates the strong willingness of the partners to integrate their research communities.

With a two-stage selection process, including an internal evaluation phase within each institution and a final mixed jury between the partners of each co-tutelle,

21 projects were initially submitted from five alliance partner universities: University of Warwick, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University, University of Ljubljana, Pompeu Fabra University. Four possible combinations of co-tutelle were offered: Warwick-CY , VUB-CY, Ljubljana-CY and Pompeu Fabra-CY .

The five participating partner universities jointly funded this programme. CY Cergy Paris University supported the call with 1.02 million euros from CY Initiative of Excellence.

Project Title Home Institution Host Institution Home Supervisor Host Supervisor
Tuning Integrin Cellular Trafficking in Ovarian Cancer (TIC-TOC). CY Cergy Paris University University of Warwick Olivier Gallet Stephen Royle
Variance Risk in Treasury Markets. University of Warwick ESSEC (CY Initiative) Philippe Mueller Romeo Tedongap
Digital Mediation and Valorization in the European and African heritage contexts: assets, values, practices and circulations. Perspectives for local, national and international outreach in Black Civilization Museums in West Africa. CY Cergy Paris University University of Warwick Cécile Doustaly Helen Wheatley
The use of satirical depictions on TV by British political figures since the 1980s. University of Warwick CY Cergy Paris University Richard Wallace Catherine Marshall
Electronic structure of 2 dimensional materials. CY Cergy Paris University University of Warwick Christine Richter Neil Wilson
Brain-Computer Interface for real-life applications. Vrije Universiteit Brussel CY Cergy Paris University Kevin De Pauw Olivier Romain
Lightweight and fire-resistant insulating sandwich panels for sustainable construction, combining textile reinforced cementitious composites and lightweight concrete. CY Cergy Paris University Vrije Universiteit Brussel Albert Noumowe Tine Tysmans / Dimitrios Angelis
Balancing transparency of ai in healthcare with safety and quality. A legal and technical perspective. Vrije Universiteit Brussel CY Cergy Paris University Paul De Hert Dimitris Kotzinos
EXPLORE : Exploiting fluorine to control sustained drug release from peptide-based hydrogels. CY Cergy Paris University Vrije Universiteit Brussel Gregory Chaume Charlotte Martin
Emerging fluorinated groups for peptide engineering. University of Ljubljana CY Cergy Paris University Jernej Iskra Thierry Brigaud
Out-of-equilibrium dynamics in noisy many-body quantum systems. CY Cergy Paris University University of Ljubljana Dimitry Kovrizhin Tomaz Prosen
Neuroscience-based Artificial Intelligence (NEUROAI). CY Cergy Paris University Pompeu Fabra University Mathias Quoy Gustavo Deco


The CY Excellence Initiative brings together CY Cergy Paris University and the ESSEC Business School. In February 2017, CY Initiative won the I-Site excellence initiatives fund from the French government Investissement d'Avenir Program (PIA 2). With 10 million Euros per year, its main lines of strength are the focus in global challenges faced by scientific and technological evolution, with a radically international approach. CY Initiative bases its funding in two criteria: excellence in research and economic development.

EUTOPIA is an alliance of six universities that have recently been awarded an Erasmus+ 'European Universities' pilot project. The core mission of the EUTOPIA Alliance is to promote a connected and inclusive academic community, addressing global and local challenges, advancing excellence and inclusion, geared towards impact and fostering European economic development and innovation through a deep engagement of the Alliance with its local and regional ecosystems.