Temporary members & PhD students

The temporary members of the CONFLUENCE Sciences & Humanities Research Center (EA1598) are either experts specifically involved in a research project and are elected by the Scientific Council, either PhD students working on their thesis within UCLy.

Direct links to temporary members profiles : Juan VIDAL, Georges VASILAKIS, Laurence TERZAN, Yan PLANTIER, Federico GARCIA-BERNA, Noëlle FAVET, Sarah CLIFFT

Juan VIDAL

Temporary member of the Research group #4 - Education, People and Support

Teacher and researcher in Cognitive Neurosciences. Trained as a biologist (University of Chile), after a DEA in Cognitive Sciences obtained in Paris in 2003 at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), he obtained a doctoral thesis in Cognitive Sciences at the Pierre et Marie Curie University.

An important part of his experimental research focuses on the mechanisms of brain interactions and their role in the emergence of human cognitive and perceptual functions (attention, consciousness, decision making, memory,…).

Another part of his theoretical research focuses on the systemic approach to life (principle of self-organisation) and how it allows us to understand the complexity of the link between brain activities, mental states, body and behaviour.

Georges VASILAKIS

Temporary member of the Research group #2 - Bible and Ancient Literatures and Cultures

Father Georges Vasilakis is a lecturer in Semiotics and Introduction to Biblical Greek at UCLy. He holds Licences in Management, Orthodox Theology and General Theology. He has completed a Master I in Patristic Studies and a Master II in Biblical Exegesis and Semiotics. Doctoral student at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, he is preparing a thesis entitled 'Semiotic Analysis of the Prologues of the Pauline Epistles. The Hermeneutics of Semiotics'. For the past 7 years, he has organised the seminar 'Semiotics and the Bible'. He co-organised the international conference 'Semiotics and Spirituality: Meaning of Transcendence' and presented the article 'Dire l'indicible: le pouvoir des signes dans la Bible' (Québec '21).

Laurence TERZAN

Temporary member of the Research group #5 - Integral Human Development, Ecology and Ethics

Emergency doctor at the Centre hospitalier des Vals d'Ardèche, in Privas and doctoral student. After a career that took her from the management of the Mother and Child Protection Centers in French Guiana to the coordination of a project of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the French Embassy in Surinam, then to the WHO, she resumed her studies in philosophy in 2017.

She is currently preparing a PhD in philosophy and biology at the École Pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE) in Paris ('Symbiosis and the living'), in collaboration with the SOCA research platform in Lyon and INRA.

Yan PLANTIER

Temporary member of the Research group #4 - Education, People and Support

Professor of Philosophy, lecturer at the UCLy (ethics and philosophy of education), he also worked for ten years in prisons.

Federico GARCIA BAENA

Temporary member of the Research group #8 - Sustainable business and organizations

Trilingual marketing professional who has been working for more than 10 years in the field, in marketing agencies, companies and as a consultant. He is currently preparing a PhD on self-monitoring practices and consumer cultures at the IAE of Poitiers.

He is a teacher at the Marketing & Digital Business Pole at the ESDES Business school of UCLy.

Within the Rsearch group #8, he participates in the activities of the axis "Consumer and market perspectives."

Noëlle FAVET

Temporary member of the Research group #5 - Integral Human Development, Ecology and Ethics

Ignatian Sister, Doctor in molecular biology. Responsible for training in spiritual life and discernment.

Sarah CLIFFT

Temporary member of the Research group #8 - Sustainable business and organizations

Sarah Clifft is a lecturer in Marketing and Digital Business at ESDES Lyon Business School. She holds a Master's degree in French Studies from Lancaster University and a PhD from Cardiff School of Management. Her thesis is about 'Preparing for the Uber Economy in B2B - the digital transformation of SMEs in the industrial sector in France'.

Her research interests are in the areas of digital marketing in B2B and educational innovation. She participated in the EIRASS conference (Vancouver) in June 2017 where she presented her paper about 'The digital transformation of pedagogy'.