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Cross-Border Doctorials (2023)

Cross-Border Doctorials (UPPA- UPV/EHU)

The Doctoral Schools of the University of Pau et des Pays de l'Adour (UPPA) and of the UPV/EHU (DOKe) organize the Cross-Border Doctorials UPPA-UPV/EHU (2023). This year the Cross-border Doctorials will adopt a hybrid format. In addition to two online sessions, students will enjoy an in-presence day. They will have the opportunity to meet other colleagues in a face to face session at the UPPA Campus in Anglet. 


13 and 14 March Online sessions
30 March In presence session in the UPPA Anglet Campus

Challenge and Objectives

Participants will propose and work on specific challenges:

  • Changing research practices: for example, imagining researching in other places, with other rhythms; combining scientific research with artistic practices (or other types of practices); imagining ways to prevent scientific fraud; suggesting new ways of evaluating research, publishing, making applications, etc.
  • Investigating with the actors of a territory. Participatory or citizen research is very fashionable, but it is also sometimes very superficial or artificial. How can you imagine investigating with the actors of a territory? What people would be affected, what groups would be formed? How would you collect their needs and questions? How would you identify their knowledge and skills to combine them with scientific knowledge? How would those people surprise you? How would they generate other ways of researching?
  • Any other matter related to your own concerns, whether professional or private. Questions or wishes that may be linked to your doctoral research, but which may also be related to militant, social, cultural, commercial aspects, etc. They may have to do with the content itself or with more organisational questions (How to combine activism and research? How to turn an idea into a business project? How to combine studies and work?), or with values (What is the meaning of what I propose? What would be the framework of values?).


  • To develop the competences for future professional insertion by putting into practice the knowledge acquired throughout their training.
  • To acquire new skills related to working in interdisciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • To stimulate the networks and think of collaboration as a way of working.
  • To help participants to know other peers, their passions and interests, in order to open up the possibility of collaborations
  • To reflect on the civic and ethical values of research.
  • To promote transversality (open up to other disciplines).
  • To explore options to increase cross-border collaboration.
  • To meet with peers in real life.

Everything within the framework of transversal competences defined by the UPV/EHU: autonomy and self-regulation; social commitment; communication and multilingualism; ethics and professional responsibility; information management and digital citizenship; innovation and entrepreneurship, critical thinking; teamwork.

Practical information

13 and 14 March Online sessions
30 March In presence session in the UPPA Anglet Campus

The exchanges are planned in English.

For the online sessions you will need a computer with proper functioning of microphone and speakers, and a good internet connection.

The face to face session will be held in the Anglet Campus of UPPA (Campus Montaury, Allée du Parc Montaury, 64600 ANGLET (Collège STEE / Bâtiment Sciences B1 Salle 04).).

The UPV/EHU will provide transport on the 30th March from Bilbao, Gasteiz and Donostia to Anglet, and the UPPA will provide the meal in Anglet on that day.

For further information, please contact the Doctoral School of the UPV/EHU at:

Map of the Campus


Those who are interested in attending should fill in the Registration Form with their university's details and please include, very briefly:

  1. An informal biography, including interests outside of academic work. Please include a passion or interest you would like to outline (maximum 600 characters).
  2. Your thesis work in a sentence (maximum 100 characters)
  3. Brief description of your thesis work (maximum 600 characters).
  4. The challenge, desire or question on which you would like to work as a team within the framework of the Doctorials. Try to refine the challenge to the maximum, knowing that you will only have two mornings to work on it (maximum 600 characters).
  5. The type of profile(s) you would like to have on your team (in the technical field, in the field of humanities, in the social or political field, in my area or in other areas).
  6. Certificate in English (B2 or similar). Speaking fluent English is required.
  7. Have you ever worked with an online collaborative tool such as Miro or similar? (YES/NO)

Once students have registered, the organisational team will choose 4 to 8 challenges from all those that are proposed.


Group size: 25 doctoral students per university

Deadline: Extended until 23 February

ATTENTION : attendance at the whole seminar is compulsory. Doctoral students will have to commit themselves on their honour to participate in the whole "Doctoriales UPPA- UPV/EHU" (2 days at distance - 1 day in person) and confirm their presence on March 30th in Anglet.
Please prepare your answers to all questions before filling the form (especially the last ones) as you will not be able to save your answers before the end, except if you have a Framaforms (free) account.


Monday 13 March. Online session. Getting to know each other.

9:00 - 12:00. Online. Different dynamics to get to know each other and to start discussing the different challenges. Defining and reframing the collective challenge

15:00 - 19:00. Free meeting. Participants are encouraged to meet online or offline (if possible) other peers they have seen in the morning. They arrange their own meetings freely.

Tuesday 14 March. Online Session. Collaboration.

9:00 - 13:00. Online.

  • Group work on proposing the solutions for the challenges.
    The objective of the day is for each team to prepare a presentation that describes how they would respond in a hypothetical future. Each group works on the challenge they have been assigned.
  • Exploring communication approaches and choosing a strategy to talk about the challenges/solutions.
    The organising team will propose participants a specific strategy or point of view to explain their proposal in order to work on science communication.

14 to 30 March. Offline. Self-organised work.

  • People who wish to do so can contact their colleagues to organise a group session, a phone conversation or similar, according to the needs of the group (linked or not to the project they are developing).
  • Presentations should ideally include images.
  • Each group sends to the organisation the agreed document to present on 30 March.

Thursday 30 March. Face to face day. Reflections, opportunities and presentations

10:00 - 14:00. Face to face. During the session participants will have the opportunity to engage with each other, interact and exchange obstacles they face on their PhD experience. They will reflect on how to increase cross-border collaboration.

15:00 - 18:30. Presentation & Evaluation. The students will present their collaborative work done in an online environment and jointly analyse proposals and ideas. They will reflect on how to transfer the attitudes and skills developed during the Meeting to their own research practices and their future professional insertion.