Scientific Evening 2022: presentation of honorary doctorates & thesis prizes

Visuel d'accueil de la soirée scientifique 2022

Aix-Marseille Université is honoring 16 young researchers, as well as 3 eminent professors during its Scientific Evening 2022, on Tuesday, April 11, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Gastaut amphitheater (Aix-Marseille Université, Building A, Pharo campus). This event is open to the entire university community, upon registration with the Protocol.

Tuesday April 11th from 6 pm in the Gastaut Amphitheather

(Building A, Pharo campus)

Aix-Marseille Université thinks and explores science for society. It changes the public debate by contributing to the knowledge economy and the dissemination of knowledge thanks to its remarkable scientific potential in fundamental and applied research. During its great honorary and scientific evening, in the presence of President Eric Berton, Aix-Marseille Université will award both Thesis Prizes and Honorary Doctorates. These recipients embody excellence in their respective disciplines and testify to the high scientific level of the university.

16 doctoral students receive thesis awards

In the first part of the evening, 16 young researchers will be recognized for the quality of their research work and their thesis defended in 2021:

  • Mr. Vincent Chambouleyron: "Optimization of wave surface analysis by Fourier filtering for high performance adaptive optics systems" within the Physics and Material Sciences doctoral school (ED 352)
    Accompanied by Thierry Fusco from the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (UMR 7326)
  • Ms Anne-Laure Couderc: " Evaluation of autonomy and measurement of grip strength in elderly cancer patients "within the Life and Health Sciences doctoral school (ED 62)
    Accompanied by Patrick Villani of the UMR Anthropologie bioculturelle, Droit, Ethique et Santé (UMR 7268)
  • Mr. Oscar Luis Cruz Gonzalez: " Modeling of linear viscoelastic composite materials with hierarchical structure and imperfect interfaces via an asymptotic multiscale homogenization approach "within the Engineering Sciences doctoral school (ED 353)
    Accompanied by Frédéric Lebon from the Laboratoire de Mécanique et d'Acoustique (UMR 7031)
  • Ms. Amélie Derome: "French translations of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1727-2017): a temporal conquest between eternity and fragility" within the Language, Letters and Arts doctoral school (ED 354)
    Accompanied by Jean Viviès of the Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (UR 853)
  • Ms. Johanna Despax: "Parenthood of adopted adults: between vulnerability and resilience. Study of the determinants of the experience of parenthood and the role of the spouse" within the Cognition, Language, Education doctoral school (ED 356)
    Accompanied by Evelyne Bouteyre from the Laboratoire de Psychologie Clinique de Psychopathologie et de Psychanalyse (UR 3278)
  • Ms. Nina Girard-Perier: " Impact of ionizing radiation (gamma, electron beam and X-rays) on two types of plastic bags used for biopharmaceutical and biotechnological applications " within the Chemical Sciences doctoral school(ED 250)
    Accompanied by Nathalie Dupuy from the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Ecologie marine et continentale (UMR 7263), and Sylvain Marque from the Institut de Chimie Radicalaire (UMR 7273)
  • Mr. Francesco Gozzini: "Spin foam models of quantum gravity: advances through new techniques and numerical codes" in the Physics and Material Sciences doctoral school (ED 352)
    Accompanied by Carlo Rovelli from the Centre de Physique Théorique (UMR 7332)
  • Mr. Yasir Mansoor Kundi: " The role of career orientations, career and personal resources, and personality traits in predicting subjective career success " at the Economics and Management doctoral school (ED 372)
    Accompanied by Sandrine Hollet-Haudebert & Jonathan Peterson from the Centre d'Études et de Recherches en Gestion d'Aix-Marseille (UR 4225)
  • Ms. Marie Laugié : " Modeling of oceanic oxygen and marine productivity in the Cenomano-Turonian with the IPSL Earth System model " within the Environmental Sciences doctoral school (ED 251)
    Accompanied by Yannick Donnadieu & Laurent Bopp from the Centre Européen de Recherche et d'Enseignement en Géosciences de l'Environnement (UMR 7330)

  • Ms. Daphné Lemasquerier: " Experimental and numerical study of the dynamics of Jupiter : jets, vortices and zonostrophic turbulence " in the Engineering Sciences doctoral school (ED 353)
    Accompanied by Michaël Le Bars & Benjamin Favier from the Institut de Recherches sur les Phénomènes hors équilibre (UMR 7342)

  • Mr. Guillaume Leroy: "The practice of precedent in French law: a study based on the opinions of the Advocate General at the Court of Cassation and the conclusions of the public rapporteur at the Council of State" at the Legal and Political Sciences doctoral school (ED 67)
    Accompanied by Frédéric Rouvière of the Laboratoire de Théorie du Droit (UR 892)

  • Mrs. Manon Philibert : " Partial cubes : completion, compression, folding " in the Mathematics and Computer Science doctoral school (ED 184)
    Accompanied by Victor Chepoi & Kolja Knauer from the Laboratoire d'Informatique et Systèmes (UMR 7020)

  • Mr. Sethuraman Subramanian: " Self-renewal of murine alveolar macrophages : pulmonary fibrosis and cellular identity " in the Life and Health Sciences doctoral school (ED 62)
    Accompanied by Michael Sieweke from the Centre d'Immunologie de Marseille-Luminy (UMR 7280)

  • Ms. Dianne Unsain: "History of bones: social, economic and environmental issues of meat resources in Provence (Xᵉ - XIIᵉ centuries): the contributions of archaeozoology" within the Spaces Cultures Societies doctoral school (ED 355)
    Accompanied by Nicolas Faucherre of the Laboratoire d'Archéologie Médiévale et Moderne en Méditerranée (UMR 7298)

  • Ms. Laurence Willemet: "Biomechanics of the tactile perception of friction" within the Human Movement Sciences doctoral school (ED 463)
    Accompanied by Michael Wiertlewski from the Institut des Sciences du Mouvement Etienne-Jules Marey (UMR 7287)

  • Mrs. Cathy Wimart-Rousseau: " Seasonal and multiannual dynamics of the carbonate system in the surface waters of the Mediterranean Sea " within the Environmental Sciences doctoral school (ED 251)
    Accompanied by Patrick Raimbault & Thibaut Waegener of the Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanologie (UMR 7294)

Three honorary doctorate awards

Then, three eminent professors will be distinguished for their careers and their contribution to science by the insignia and diplomas of Doctorates Honoris Causa, the most prestigious academic title:

  • Professor Robert Becker: Professor of Economics, former Associate Dean, former Department Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
    Presented by Alain Vendetti, Director of the Aix-Marseille School of Economics (UMR 7316)
  • Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn: Professor and Director of the Sydney Institute of Astronomy, University of Sydney, Australia
    Presented by Jean-Luc Beuzit, director of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille (UMR 7326)
  • Professor Daniel Mendelsohn: Professor and Chair at Bard University, New York State, USA
    Presented by Sophie Vallas, university professor specializing in United States literature at the Laboratoire d'Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (UR 853)
Contact information

This event is open to all, with registration:

  • Please confirm your attendance at
2023 Science Night
Honorary Doctorates
Thesis Award
Awarding of prizes