EUTOPIA PhD Co-tutelle programme: Results 2020

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.

  • Project TitleTuning Integrin Cellular Trafficking in Ovarian Cancer (TIC-TOC). Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Olivier Gallet. Host Institution: University of Warwick – Supervisor: Stephen Royle
  •  Project TitleVariance Risk in Treasury Markets. Home Institution: University of Warwick – Supervisor: Philippe Mueller. Host Institution: ESSEC (CY Initiative) – Supervisor: Romeo Tedongap
  • Project TitleDigital 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. Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University  – Supervisor: Cécile Doustaly. Host Institution: University of Warwick – Supervisor: Helen Wheatley
  • Project TitleThe use of satirical depictions on TV by British political figures since the 1980s. Home Institution: University of Warwick – Supervisor: Richard Wallace. Host Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Catherine Marshall
  • Project TitleElectronic structure of 2 dimensional materials. Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Christine Richter. Host Institution: University of Warwick – Supervisor: Neil Wilson
  • Project TitleBrain-Computer Interface for real-life applications. Home Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Supervisor: Kevin De Pauw. Host Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor:  Olivier Romain
  • Project TitleLightweight and fire-resistant insulating sandwich panels for sustainable construction, combining textile reinforced cementitious composites and lightweight concrete.. Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Albert Noumowe. Host Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Supervisor: Tine Tysmans – Dimitrios Angelis
  • Project TitleBalancing transparency of ai in healthcare with safety and quality. A legal and technical perspective. Home Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Supervisor: Paul De Hert. Host Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Dimitris Kotzinos
  • Project TitleEXPLORE : Exploiting fluorine to control sustained drug release from peptide-based hydrogels. Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Gregory Chaume. Host Institution: Vrije Universiteit Brussel – Supervisor: Charlotte Martin 
  • Project TitleEmerging fluorinated groups for peptide engineering. Home Institution: University of Ljubljana – Supervisor: Jernej Iskra. Host Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Thierry Brigaud
  • Project TitleOut-of-equilibrium dynamics in noisy many-body quantum systems. Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Dimitry Kovrizhin. Host Institution: University of Ljubljana – Supervisor: Tomaz Prosen
  • Project TitleNeuroscience-based Artificial Intelligence (NEUROAI). Home Institution: CY Cergy Paris University – Supervisor: Mathias Quoy. Host Institution: Pompeu Fabra University – Supervisor: Gustavo Deco

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.

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.


CY Cergy Paris Université. Directorate for International Scientific Development.
Kate Robinson, International Scientific Development Officer: + 33 (0)1 34 25 23 65 (