Geocontact is a non-profit association that brings together License (Bachelor’s) and Master’s students interested in Earth Sciences and doctorate (PhD) students in the Geosciences Rennes department.

Association for Geosciences Students in Rennes

The main goal of the Geocontact association is to better integrate students within the laboratory and to facilitate contacts between teachers/researchers and students enrolled in the various classes offered in Earth Sciences prior to starting a PhD degree.

Geocontact’s traditional activities include:

  • Scientific seminars (“Wednesday talks”). These seminars take place in a convivial setting and are made up of two parts: a lecture lasting roughly one hour followed by a buffet during which students can discuss the continuation of their studies, professional projects or scientific questions with researchers. The purpose of these lectures is to allow researchers and students to share their areas of interest with each other.
  • Providing annals of the exams from previous years.
  • Ordering geological material at reasonable prices.
  • Geological field trips in Brittany, initiated by the students and supervised by a researcher. The goal is to discover the geological treasures of Brittany and expand the participants’ knowledge in geology.

New activities are being planned this year:

  • Visits to high schools to provide high school students with information about the University of Rennes 1 as well as the world of Research in general and the field of geology in particular.
  • Research Presentation Day (popularized for the general public) for the Archeosciences, OSUR and Geosciences laboratories by PhD students from the various laboratories so as to foster interactions between the disciplines.
  • Photo competition: Photographs representing each area of research. For example, photos of the field, thin sections and fossils are displayed in the corridors of Geosciences Rennes, with voting and nomination of the best photograph. The aim is to show the aesthetic side of research to people not affiliated with the laboratory.

Quality of Life in Rennes

Rennes is a young, dynamic city, with a large student population from diverse backgrounds, giving the city a patchwork charm. There are numerous musical, cultural and sporting events proposed throughout the year.

For music lovers, numerous concerts are held featuring not only well-known groups but also up-and-coming musicians, representing all musical styles. Several festivals take place throughout the year, such as the Transmusicales, Rock’n Solex, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Quartiers d’été, Grand Soufflet, Jazz à l’ouest, Yaouank. In the areas surrounding Rennes, discover Breton culture and music in a family and traditional atmosphere with a famous traditional Breton “Fest Noz” night festival.

The city of Rennes is also developing its cultural activities through various festivals year-round: Travelling (cinema), Mythos (art), Mettre en Scène (theater), and museums where you can discover the rich heritage of the region. The opening of the Champs Libres, along with the Musée de Bretagne (Museum of Brittany) and the Espace des Sciences, is part of this spirit of cultural development. The Champs Libres offers varied exhibitions and conferences throughout the year. The amenities and infrastructure of the city provide the perfect setting for sports activities and walks in specially-designed green spaces or in the historic center of Rennes, which is primarily pedestrian. Major sporting events are also proposed, such as: “Tout Rennes Nage” (a 2-day swimming event), “Tout Rennes Court” (a 2-day running event), etc. Take part or simply have fun watching.

Research framework within the Laboratory

The Geosciences Rennes laboratory brings together dynamic and friendly teams. The main themes in Earth Sciences are touched upon, specifically the study of sedimentary basins, endogenous rocks, the lithosphere (metamorphism and magmatism) and surface processes (hydrogeology, erosion, soils). The recent development of topics in line with current issues based on the surface-deep Earth interaction, highlight the general areas of research such as the erosion-tectonic-sedimentation interaction, and the hydrodynamic and chemical behavior of fluids in the soil. With this in mind, the Geosciences Rennes laboratory offers students classes based on the teams’ research topics. As part of the university curriculum, numerous internships are proposed in these topics, through the following teams: BIPE, DIMENV, GEI, Paléo2D and T4.

The classes are designed to be applied to the professional world and to research. This is why the various teams strive to integrate student interns within the laboratory as best as they can. Geosciences Rennes is equipped with infrastructures offering a wide set of experiences and, in particular, well-known expertise in modeling. This culture of experimental research has resulted in the planning of a logistics park to help students make the most of their time during their various internships. Students will soon be able to try the joys of analogical modeling (erosion processes, fracturing-fluids, geodynamic processes) and numerical modeling, as well as geochemical experiments (geochronology, chemistry of organic matter, fluid chemistry) and hydrological experiments (river flow, heterogeneous aquifers). The combination of theoretical learning centered on current topics and laboratory internships offers students a high-performance and rewarding university program, especially since permanent staff (teacher-researchers), PhD students and interns are available and ready to listen to students in order to best provide them with academic and professional guidance.

Geocontact activities

Students are not only integrated within the Geosciences department via the field of studies (on an academic level). The small class sizes allow students to interact with each other, within an environment that encourages the development of personal activities. The members of Geocontact make every effort to provide information and advice to students for the continuation of their studies.

Both the research laboratory and Geocontact regularly organize scientific seminars on Wednesday evenings (“Wednesday Talks”). The goal of these seminars, which take place in a convivial setting, is to allow researchers and students to share all of their areas of interest with each other.

During the academic year, the association plans geological field trips in Brittany, initiated by the students and supervised by a permanent staff member. The goal is to discover the geological wealth of Brittany and expand the participants’ knowledge in geology. You can discover the services offered by Geocontact on our website.