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Call for thesis directors for doctoral or post-doc SOUND projects

This doctoral or post-doc project development stage is only for thesis directors or professors with HDR accreditation. Doctoral candidates do not participate during this research development stage.

The SOUND project is launching its first call for thesis directors to develop doctoral and post-doctoral projects that will finance 12 multidisciplinary scientific proposals with social impact around its three thematic programs.

Multidisciplinary research, engaged with and for society

The “research” component of the SOUND project is mainly based on doctoral and post-doctoral contracts, and doctoral missions in scientific mediation. Doctoral candidates do NOT participate in this stage.

The characteristics of the SOUND call for doctoral and post-doctoral projects:

  • a strong connection to one or more of the thematic priorities identified within each thematic program

  • a multi- and/or inter-disciplinary, or even inter-sector, approach to respond to societal issues in conjunction with an external partner (existing or to be identified);

  • an anchoring of supported projects in civil society in different forms: formal partnership with a public or private organization, participatory methods in the collection and processing of data, mediation and/or expertise actions anticipated in the very design of the project. project, opening of data and expected results, explicit contribution to questions of public debate...

  • a sustainable approach: candidates are encouraged to start thinking about the environmental impact of their project when drafting it and are invited to establish an action plan when signing the contract, with the help of the SON team

  • co-directions or co-supervisions will come from two different disciplines, depending on the possibilities.

    In the case of a co-directed thesis, at least one of the two co-directors must hold the HDR or equivalent, and be assigned to two research units and doctoral schools under the supervision of one of the establishments of the Sorbonne University Alliance.

Scientific priorities of the call for projects

How do societies respond to change? How do they adapt and regain control? How does the response of social groups from different times and places inform our future perspectives? How do changes create social, technological, economic or cultural opportunities for society as a whole? The “Changing Societies” program aims to explore these questions, by defining three priority themes:

  1. the inequalities (social, political, climatic, health, generational, technological, ethnic, gender, etc.);

  2. the credibility of the information and the relationship to scientific truth (in language, images, with the growing impact of digital technology, etc.);

  3. the management and transmission of academic heritage (heritage, resonance of knowledge, etc.)

Axis 1 Inequalities
Inequalities includes social, political, climatic, health, generational, technological, ethnic, gender, etc. – are a major challenge for our societies. Their analysis raises increased awareness of their diversity and scale. The aim of this first axis is to describe and study inequalities at different scales – chronological, geographical – and from different points of view – sociological, political, historical, and philosophical. The challenge is to put these inequalities into perspective to think about theoretical and/or practical solutions, including in an experimental approach, to reduce them. This question, with strong social resonance, must be addressed using a cross-disciplinary approach, by promoting dialogue between disciplines.
Axis 2 – Truth(s)

Contemporary societies have seen the number of information dissemination channels grow exponentially, and with them, the “democratization” of speech – notably via the emergence of social networks. Faced with this massive circulation of sometimes contradictory information, faced with the possibility of manipulation in CMO – computer-mediated communication –, a distrust has arisen towards all forms of discourse, whether scientific, political or media. The purpose of this second axis is to analyze, at all times and according to cross-approaches, the production, reception, uses and evolution of languages, discourses and representations. This object can be broken down into sub-questions, including: the status of the word of authority; the characterization of this new type of multi-modal communication; the emergence and diffusion of new forms of discourse or images and their reception, in synchrony or diachrony.
Axis 3 – Legacies
Academic communities develop their knowledge by assimilating, adjusting or rejecting the legacies of the past. This third axis wishes to question this type of heritage specific to the world of knowledge (research, education, mediation, etc.). The questions can be addressed from a theoretical and methodological angle: how do we conceive the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge? What are the past and present forms of transmission allowing a new appropriation of knowledge? What are the ethical and legal issues? We will be able to explore the epistemological aspects to reflect on the methods of constructing knowledge and propose new forms of transmission, in an experimental approach.

The avenues mentioned for the three themes are above all suggestions and do not prohibit other proposals, as long as they are part of the general philosophy of SOUND, in the themes identified and in an approach of openness towards society.

This is a question of developing, in a perspective that integrates the SOUND requirement of sharing knowledge in the service of society, a global or holistic approach to health by mobilizing all the skills of the ASU, with the objective of generate significant impacts both on individual health and on social dynamics from a sustainability perspective. For this first phase, two priorities were defined.

  1. The study of the exposome: The notion of exposome designates all the environmental exposures to which an individual is subjected throughout their life. Chemical substances, biological agents, radiation, living conditions, eating habits, social interactions, etc. This will involve reporting the effects in the broad sense on the health of populations of these different forms of environmental exposure.
  2. The study of nutrition: Another priority area concerns nutrition, both in its direct impact on health and in its reflection within lifestyles and cultures, as well as its environmental impact, with particular attention paid to its consequences on the overall health of populations.

It is important to emphasize that these two priorities are not exclusive. However, the thematic program will pay particular attention to the development of projects addressing the issues of vulnerable populations and highlighting an approach that articulates biological, psychological and sociological dimensions. Finally, projects may not be limited to a national vision, but include foreign partners to increase the global perspective of the issues addressed.

This thematic program positions itself at the crossroads of innovation and environmental responsibility, aiming to shape a future where technological development and ecological sustainability intertwine harmoniously.

The following axes for the call for doctoral and post-doctoral projects have been identified:

  1. Sustainable cities: projects focused on building autonomous and energy-efficient cities, implementing sustainable urbanization strategies. Research should explore concrete solutions such as the integration of renewable energy, innovation in construction materials and the design of resilient cities. Proposals must reflect an in-depth understanding of urban issues and propose multidisciplinary and experimental solutions.
  2. Sustainable mobility: we are waiting for proposals that redefine mobility in our societies. Projects may concern sustainable navigation, electric vehicles and advanced battery development, territorial planning and public transport systems as well as studies that address traffic management and carbon footprint reduction.
  3. Nature-based solutions: projects must promote the ecosystem services provided by biodiversity, agroecology, urban greening and biomimicry. We are particularly interested in research that uses interdisciplinary approaches such as ecology, urban planning, agronomy, geography and environmental engineering.  

Submitted projects must reflect the spirit of SOUND, exploring topics of importance and demonstrating a commitment to collective well-being and the preservation of our planet. The axes developed for these themes serve as a guide and in no way limit the creativity of the proposals, provided that they remain faithful to the spirit of SOUND, that they relate to the defined themes and that they demonstrate a desire for exchange and contribution to society.

Calendar and terms

Calendar and terms

The calendar for this 2024 call is common with all doctoral programs managed by the Doctoral College:

  • February 12 - March 22: call for projects
    Project leaders (doctoral or post-doctoral directors) submit their projects on the site dedicated to this purpose. Research projects can propose the recruitment of doctoral candidates, post-docs and post-docs or, for those who justify it, a combination of these two recruitments.
  •  March 27 - April 22: selection of projects
  • April 29: publication of selected projects
    The projects selected by these committees are published on the websites of Sorbonne University and its partners in the form of an open call for applications depending on the destination of the contracts to students from ASU or from other establishments in France and abroad and, for post-doctorates, to young researchers who have defended their thesis for less than 3 years.
  • April 29: launch of the call for applications from doctoral candidates
    Candidates must contact the project leaders before submitting the application file on the site dedicated to this purpose. The scientific pilots of the 3 thematic programs form selection committees and organize the auditions. Within the framework of doctoral contracts, the backing of a doctoral mediation mission to the thesis is strongly recommended.
  • May 27: deadline for submission of applications
  • June 3 - June 17: audition of candidates
  • June 19: publication of results

Dowload the detail on the  call for projects (in French).

Voir aussi les programmes doctoraux de l'Alliance Sorbonne Université :