EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure

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01/02/2024 - 01/02/2024
Le Diapason in Rennes, France
  • Date: 1 February 2024
  • Time: 18:30 - 21:30
  • Location: Le Diapason in Rennes, France
  • Access: Public, for registered guests



EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure

With “EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure”, we introduce you to the captivating world of research, in the unique frame of a European University Alliance.

A researcher’s career is incredibly rich and diverse, yet often unknown. We aim to share insights of what being a researcher means, especially in the context of the internationalisation of universities and the stronger connection that is being built between education and research.

EDUC – the European Digital UniverCity, is an alliance of eight European universities, among which the University of Rennes. The EDUC alliance aims at creating a new era of education and research that extends beyond our borders and connects us with the world.

Through this alliance, the University of Rennes creates a dynamic space for learning, imparting knowledge, and collaborative work. The alliance brings together not only students and researchers but also administrative staff, offering new education and career opportunities for its members.

Are you ready to embark on a journey that unveils exciting educational opportunities and introduces you to the diverse paths of a researcher’s career? We invite you to join us for a dynamic evening at “EDUCation meets Research: The EDUC European University adventure”.



Our stage event is a captivating journey into the world of research, offering insights into the diverse career paths of a researcher. From students taking their first steps toward becoming researchers to seasoned research professionals, we explore the intricacies of each stage. Discover the significance of internationalisation for PhD students, get an inside look at the innovative research platforms that fuel postdocs’ research, and uncover alternative career paths in academia. We’ll also shine a light on career opportunities outside academia, from entrepreneurship to knowledge transfer. Our stage event is a celebration of research, learning, and the boundless opportunities that await.

The speakers:

Estela Stankov – Student, University of Rennes

Estela Stankov will share her academic journey as well as her desire to become a researcher. She will present the EDUC course “Initiation to Research and Critical Thinking”, which she completed recently, and which allowed her to discover the world of research and deepen her critical thinking skills.

Estela Stankov is a 22-year-old student in Bachelor 3 major in Life Sciences, “Cellular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Animal Physiology” (BCGMP), and board member of the Student Life & Education Commission of the University of Rennes.

Thomas Contini – PhD student, University of Rennes & Masaryk University

Thomas Contini will present his educational journey from high school to a PhD fellowship. The presentation will further explore a typical day in the life of a PhD student, discussing sources of motivation and potential challenges faced. Thomas will conclude by sharing personal insights on the benefits of working internationally.

Thomas Contini is in his 3rd year of a PhD at the University of Rennes, in cotutelle with a Czech university in Brno. He studied in Toulouse, from the lycée général to the Université Toulouse 3, specialising in molecular biology. After his Master’s degree, he went through a period of reflection about his future, and after a few months had the opportunity to work as a research engineer in analytical chemistry and plant biology. After a year and a half, his contract came to an end, and he decided to start the thesis he is currently working on, which links chemistry, biology and public health.

Marie Gueguen – Junior Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Rennes

Marie Gueguen will present an example of interdisciplinary research between philosophers and astrochemists as a way to introduce the audience to what it means to be a philosopher of science today.

Marie Gueguen is a Junior Professor in Philosophy of Science at the University of Rennes. She holds a Master in General Philosophy from the University of Rennes, a Master in Logic and Philosophy of Science from the University of Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne and her PhD from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has been a post-doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019-2020 and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Physics of Rennes (2021-2023). She is specialized in interdisciplinary facilitation, in areas such as philosophy of cosmology, astrophysics and astrochemistry.

Éline le Breton – Junior Professor of Tectonophysics, University of Rennes

Using examples from her university career and research work, Eline le Breton will introduce you to the geosciences, a multidisciplinary science at the heart of major societal and environmental issues.

Eline Le Breton has a PhD in Earth Sciences and is currently Junior Professor at the Free University of Berlin. A teacher and researcher, she is particularly interested in the reconstruction of past movements of tectonic plates and deformations of the Earth's crust.

Sonia Lehman-Frisch – Professor of Geography, Paris Nanterre University

“EDUC Space & Place”, an international collaborative project for students: The EDUC Alliance has made it possible to experiment with new teaching methods based on cooperation between teachers from several member universities. The 'EDUC Space & Place Project' is one of them: it aims to get undergraduate students from three countries (France, Italy and the Czech Republic) and from a variety of disciplines (geographers, urban planners, sociologists) to work together for a semester on a major theme applied to an urban area, starting with a week of collective research.

Sonia Lehman-Frisch is Professor of Geography at the University of Paris Nanterre, and has been Vice-President for International Relations since 2016. Her research focuses mainly on North American cities and the metropolis of San Francisco, where she studies the relationship between residents and their neighbourhoods, cities and metropolises, focusing on issues of segregation, gentrification, inequality and spatial (in)justice. She pays particular attention to a little-studied category of residents: children. She also continues to enjoy teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, and is responsible for a number of courses including History of Geography, Spatial Justice, Metropolisation, and the EDUC Space & Place Project.




EDUC offers new forms of international mobility, European collaboration and linguistic tandems. And more! Step into the world of the EDUC alliance and explore a wealth of opportunities tailored for different audiences – students, doctoral students, researchers, teachers and administrative staff. Our goal is to inform and engage with you, encouraging you to join the alliance and seize the countless opportunities it offers.

The Event in a Nutshell

  • Inspiring Future Researchers: This event is designed especially for you! We’re here to show you that research is not just for scientists in white lab coats. It’s a thrilling adventure of exploration and innovation that you can be a part of.
  • Building Bridges Across Europe: We’ll introduce you to experts and visionaries from partner universities, making Europe more accessible and relatable. Discover the wealth of educational opportunities beyond your doorstep.
  • Discover what a European Alliance can create: from education and research to collaboration and mobility, get onboard and experience your European Campus.

You should attend if you are interested in ….

  • … research! What is a researcher? How does a researcher conduct research? How do you become a researcher? What are the different career opportunities of a researcher?
  • … leading an international education and career path! What choices of mobility do I have? How can I organise a mobility?
  • … pedagogical engineering! What are online and blended courses? How can I reach a wider audience? What collaborative tools are available for me?

If you ask yourself any of these questions, come and meet us!

“EDUCation meets Research” is designed for a diverse audience, including high school students, university students, and anyone with a keen interest in Europe. Whether you’re a young mind eager to explore the world of research, a current university student, or simply someone curious about the intersection of research and Europe, this event is tailor-made for you. Join us on this remarkable journey of discovery and learning.

This event is organised by EDUC-SHARE, the research and innovation part of EDUC. The project “EDUC-SHARE” received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101017526.


This event is open to the public, and all are welcome to join. However, to ensure a seamless experience, we kindly request that you register in advance. Registration is quick and easy, and it guarantees your spot at “EDUCation meets Research.” Please register by 15 January 2024 via the registration form.

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Access to the venue

Address: Le Diapason, 21 Allée Jules Noël, 35700 Rennes
Metro: Line B, Beaulieu-Université station
Bus: Lines C4 & C6 stop Les Préales / Line C5 stop Vitré Danton / Lines 10 & 14 stop Vitré Foulon
Car: recommended access via Avenue du Pr. Charles Foulon. A large car park is accessible in front of the Diapason. For GPS, indicate Allée Jules Noel in Rennes