Cross-Border Doctorials : 72 hours to set up an innovactive project

From 11 to 13th October, 36 doctoral students of 22 different nationalities, coming from 13 establishments in Occitanie, Spain and Italy, are gathered at Mas des Sables in Aigues-Mortes for 3 days to work, in a group, on an entrepreneurial project.

PhD Students have alternated between phases of group work, workshops and testimonies. Three coaches were there to support and advise them. A cruise on the Camargue canal was organized to allow participants to relax.

Last day of Cross-Border Doctorials, five groups have presented their work to a jury made up of academics and professionals. The winners are the team Claret whose project focused on the developpement of a system called SmartStool, that can be put in the toilets to detect the presence of microbleeding in stool. This will lead to the early detection of diseases like colorectal cancer of inflammatory diseases for early detection or clinical trials.

Other proposed projects :

  • Team Thaurac : In Europe, fruits and vegetables represent 34% of the total food waste. Our smart packaging technology using biodegradable and biocompatible materials extends the storage life of fruits and vegetables to contribute in the food waste reduction.
  • Team Vissou : We’re creating activated carbon from olive waste , turning an environmental concern into a valuable resource for water treatment.
  • Team Joncas : The project aims to design a biosensor device to be inserted into the patient’s body for early detection of bacterial infections resulting from bone implants in general.