What is CRI?

CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences, in order to address the UN's sustainable development goals (SDGs).

CRI operates around 4 main areas :

  • Developing and hosting educational programs, from preschool to high school (Savanturiers - École de la Recherche), interdisciplinary Bachelor, Master, and PhD (EURIP Graduate School) as well as lifelong learning degree programs of the Université de Paris.
  • Conducting research within its INSERM-Université de Paris research Collaboratory Unit, advised and guided by a Scientific Advisory Board, composed of prestigious international scientific leaders.
  • Developing the #LearningPlanet initiative in partnership with UNESCO, of which it also holds a Chair, and AFD to inspire and empower learners of all ages who wish to identify, develop and amplify the most effective ways to learn how to solve problems together.
  • Building a living campus where innovative makers can set up digital infrastructures for learning communities to help them to resolve global challenges.

CRI was founded in 2006 by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as an essential and key supporting partner and Paris City Hall. It also benefits from the support of a wide range of foundations, corporate sponsors and institutions including the University of Paris, with which CRI co-founded the interdisciplinary action-based research challenge institute (“Institut des Défis”) to prototype a model of a Learning University enable of responding to the global challenges of our time.

  • 350 students each year, 1300 students since CRI's creation
  • +40 research fellows
  • +30 000 pupils involved in Savanturiers program since Savanturiers' creation in 2013
  • +100 talks by international scientific leaders
  • +100 000 subscriptions to CRI’s MOOCs since 2014
  • +50 nationalities
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Monday, February 22, 2021
9:00 AM
Thematic Workshops - FIRE & AIRE - Doctoral school and Master students interdisciplinary week

Around 100 CRI students from from FIRE Doctoral School and Master AIRE (Life Sciences, Learning Sciences and Digital Sciences) join forces to prepare a week of interdisciplinary online workshops.

They will share with the public the topics of their internships and research projects.

All along the week, 8 different half-day conferences are planned, each one on a different interdisciplinary thematic, with invited speakers, talks from Master students and round tables.

All events will be online. Registration is free but mandatory to receive the Zoom link to join.

Visit the page of each event for the detailed schedules:

Monday am: Thematic Workshop: Data & Humans, a conflictual mutual relationship Tuesday am: Thematic Workshop: Biology by Design Wednesday am: Thematic Workshop: Collective Behaviour Wednesday pm: Thematic Workshop - Cells under pressure: from physiological to pathological processes Thursday am: Thematic Workshop: Physics-inspired Biology

Thursday pm: Themathic Workshop: Digital society symposium Friday am: Thematic Workshop: AI in healthcare - ethics, privacy and accountability issues Friday pm: Thematic Workshop : Action Learning and AI In Educational Contexts

Join them on this interdisciplinary week full of activities!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
9:00 AM
Thematic Workshop: Collective Behaviour

Collective behaviour arises when an individual unit’s action is influenced by ”others”. It is widespread over nature at different scales: flocks of birds, schools of fish, crowds and car traffic, stock market crashes, colonies of bacteria and self-propelled particles are some examples of this emergent property.

We are going to explore how diverse collectives approach this problem from different angles by sharing the work done in the fields of education, biology and social sciences.

Registration is free but mandatory to obtain the zoom link to the event. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event. Details of the program in the flyer attached.

Scientific Program:

9:00 - Introduction 9:10 - Alfredo L'Homme: Pattern formation of phototactic microalgae under stressful light conditions 9:30 - Tony Spinnhirny: Student involvement in the field of pedagogic innovations 10:00 - [invited speaker] Bodo Hoenen: 3 stories that tie learning together + Q&A 11:00 - [invited speaker] Bastian Greshake Tzovaras: Personal Science: Moving from the n-of-1 to the n-of-many-1s + Q&A 12:00 - Kumail Ali: Impact of ageing on spatial learning and navigation in real environments 12:20 - Kowei Shih: How does STEAM education influence students in school? 12:40 - Mihaela Grigore: Exploring engagement of various public policy actors with metrics of quality of education by analysing social media discourse 13:00 - Wrap up

Additional Information about our Guest Speakers Presentation: Bodo Hoenen

Abstract: When his daughter suddenly became paralyzed, 10 years of his work and the collective intelligence of a group of strangers came together to help her move again. In this talk, hear how three seemingly separate stories weave together to showcase the opportunities that arise when we openly share, collaborate, and innovate.

Bastian Greshake Tzovaras

Abstract: Many of us have questions: Does this type of food work for my diabetes? Why am I sleeping so badly? How do I learn? How’s the COVID-19 lockdown impacting my physical and mental health? The term “Personal Science” describes the practice of individuals using empirical methods to answer highly personal questions like these – and many more. The tools used for this are as diverse as the individual practitioners and their questions: From simple diaries and spreadsheets over wearable sensors to self-made DIY hardware. In their research process, personal scientists face a lot of challenges and barriers, both technical as well as conceptual. The Peer-Produced Research Lab is investigating those challenges are, what motivates personal scientists, and how they can support and learn from each other, with the potential to grow personal learning and expertise into more generalized knowledge.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
10:00 AM
Tech Camp - Front End 101

Through a series of practical sessions, participants will be able to explore the basics of :

HTML/HTML5, CSS, Javascript

This workshop will take place ONLINE and covers:

Basic HTML and HTML5 Basic CSS (+SCSS) Visual Design Accessibility CSS Flexbox CSS Grid Responsive Web Design Frontend Libraries - Bootstrap/ MaterializeCSS/ SemanticUI

!!! Open ONLY to 10 participants !!!


24/02/2021 10h00 - 13h00 - Theory (HTML + CSS) 24/02/2021 14h00 - 16h00 - Practicals + Theory (id class) 25/02/2021 10h00 - 13h00 - Theory (Java Script) 25/02/2021 14h00 - 16h00 - Practicals + Theory
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
2:00 PM
Thematic Workshop - Cells under pressure: from physiological to pathological processes

For a year now, the Covid pandemic has been testing us and our resilience. But beyond organisms, cells too can get stressed. This conference offers us to go past the current period and to dive into the cellular world. Through seven presentations, you will discover how cancer cells react to mechanical constraints, how microbiomes change and adapt, and what drives cellular differentiation, migration or triggers innate immune signaling.

The conference will be held online on the 24th of February, 2021, from 2pm to 6 pm online. Registration is free but mandatory in order to get the zoom link. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event.

During those four hours together :

Francesco Baschieri (Institut Gustave Roussy UMR1279 - Dynamique des cellules tumorales) will present his work on “Mechanical adaptation of cells through frustrated endocytosis”. He will start by introducing us to the concept of frustrated endocytosis and relate it to the cell mechanosensing properties. With that in mind, we will focus on how cells under physical confinement (mechanical constraints) modulate their signaling through the frustrated endocytosis structures.

Jorge Barbazan (Institut Curie UMR144 - Health Research Institute of Santiago de Compostela) will talk about the Cancer-Associated Fibroblast in the tumor micro-environment and their role in the tumoral architecture design. He will present how the “Cancer-associated fibroblasts supracellular contractility controls tumor architecture through active compression of tumor cells”, his work on how stromal (“healthy”) cells influence cancer cell behaviours.

Then, our LiSc students will present their internship :

Aline Yatim will present her work on the migration of macrophages under confinement. Anu Kurian will talk about mitochondrial dynamics, and the role of the protein MTP18 in innate immune signaling. Lucile Bokobza is going to present us her project about how philosophy can help to understand the organisation of primitive blocks of life on Mars Clara Lehenaff will talk about the microbiome through the example of the confined vaginal and neovaginal flora. She will present her work on the neovaginal microbiota. Amandine Maire will present the project of the 2020 Paris Bettencourt iGEM team dealing with the skin microbiome. They studied the impact of the lockdown on the skin microbiome diversity. Program

14h00-14h10 : Presentation of the conference and intro of first speaker 14h10 - 14h40 : Francesco Baschieri (20mn talk + 10mn questions) 10mn : Introduction of next speaker 14h50 - 15h20 : Jorge Barbazan 10mn break 15h30 - 15h55 : Aline Yatim 16h - 16h20 : Anu Kurian 16h25 - 16h50 : Lucile Bokobza 16h55 - 17h20 : Clara Lehenaff 17h25 - 17h50 : Amandine Maire

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
8:50 AM
Thematic Workshop: Physics-inspired Biology

The rise of new technology and rapid advancements in experimental techniques have shown us the fascinating complexity underlying biological systems - from molecules to ecosystems. How do different parts of the cell move and function, how do the complex networks in our bodies - blood vessels, neural networks, etc. form? Many of these questions can be answered using the tools and principles familiar to a physicist!

Our thematic workshop, Physics Inspired Biology, aims to present how interdisciplinary research between Physics and Biology help push the boundaries of our understanding of life. There will be a diverse set of talks touching upon zebrafish neuroscience to global health!

Details of the program in attached flyer. Registration is free but mandatory to obtain the zoom link for the conference. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:00 AM
Portes Ouvertes LFdV Virtuelles 2021

Compte tenu des restrictions dues au COVID 19, cet événement se tiendra à distance sur Youtube Live. En immersion au sein de la Licence FdV - 100% en ligne en deux séances.

De 10h à 12h: De 16h à 18h :

Pour visualiser le planning -> ICI

La Journée Portes ouvertes de la Licence Frontières du Vivant est l’occasion pour les futurs étudiants et leurs parents de connaître un peu mieux notre formation interdisciplinaire en sciences.

Au programme : témoignages d’étudiants et d'enseignants, présentations de projets !

Innovation, créativité, interdisciplinarité, solidarité, entrepreneuriat, projets, motivation, persévérance, travail, expérience, réseau, sciences, sont les mots d’ordre de cette journée…

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
2:00 PM
Themathic Workshop: Digital society symposium
How do digital technologies impact the world of yesterday, today and tomorrow ?

Digital sciences have created new spaces of exchange and discussion in our society. These new spaces have quickly taken an important role in modifying social relations, information sharing norms and many more aspects of our daily life. The following symposium will engage a reflection on these new spaces, in which sociological phenomena are observable, in order to have a better understanding of our society. In addition, it will guide you through an overview of innovative digital tools, developed by the students of the master AIRE.

The digital society and its new culture have led to consequent transformations in how we share information, feeding off the data its producing, all the while creating new knowledge. The use of the latest digital tools in the sector of communication, such as 5G, is not the only existing challenge. The current ecological crisis raises questions regarding the role of digital technologies in our society. Is it a self-serving phenomenon, that inevitably will remain in place and continue to take a huge part in environmental pollution, as it does now, or can it help find new solutions, new perspectives? How can digital technologies support and transform the society of yesterday, today and tomorrow?

During the symposium, students of the master AIRE, from the Learning and Digital tracks, Jean Philippe Cointet, researcher at Science Po Medialab and Naïla El Haouari, research engineer at the Interaction Data Lab at CRI, will propose an exploration of today's digital technologies and society, by focusing on these new spaces of exchanges particularly social media, computational sociology, learning and the environment.

Presentation of the speakers: Jean Philippe Cointet : This presentation will mix data coming from various layers of the information landscape in order to understand the architecture of the digital public space in Fance. We make use of data from online news producers (press, TV, etc.) on one side and conversations and interactions on social platforms on the other side, to characterize the highly hierarchical structure of the French online media. Contrarily to other countries, there is hardly any polarization process and the circulation of fake news seems to be limited to very particular sub-groups of actors. Naïla El Haouari : She uses citizen science and natural language processing to extract symptomatic vocabulary from tweets in order to predict intensive care unit cases. Scientific program:

14:00 - Introduction, Selim Ben Slama

14:10 - Feminism on Twitter, Nina Varchavsky

14:25 - On the Structure of the French Digital Public Space, Jean Philippe Cointet

15:05 - Digital Ethics Lab, Yuliia Nikolaenko


15:30 - Creating the Digital version of the Game Expedition Sagesse, Camille Duquesne

15:45 - Popular education and FabLab, Adam Dupuis

16:00 - A critical approach to smart cities, Elodie Coquillat

16:15 - Carbon footprint of online services, Marion Ficher


16:40 - Covid Data on Twitter - Predicting ICU cases, Naïla El Haouari

17:20 - Github Open Source Projects Workload, Selim Ben Slama

17:35 - Open question to the public

Registration is free but mandatory in order to obtain the zoom link. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event.

The Digital Society Symposium is part of the CRI Thematic Workshop. Do not hesitate to check out other events on CRi Events!

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Friday, February 26, 2021
9:25 AM
Thematic Workshop: AI in healthcare - ethics, privacy and accountability issues

Tomorrow's society will be influenced by so-called Artificial Intelligence algorithms, which use large datasets to improve predictions for questions such as: what would you like to buy? What movie would you prefer to watch? but also, to improve technologies such as drug development and agriculture yield.

The adoption of these technologies into previously human tasks raises new questions such as: who is responsible if the treatment predicted by an AI algorithm kills a patient?

In our thematic workshop on february 26th at 9:25 AM we will explore some of the challenges ahead and our role as researchers to solve them.

You can find HERE the program of the event, don't hesitate to register! The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event.

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Friday, February 26, 2021
2:00 PM
Thematic Workshop : Action Learning and AI In Educational Contexts

Highly-regarded experts in the fields of psychology and neuroscience may differ in their approaches to understanding the human mind, but are unified in the common belief that experts are just beginning to identify how systems in the brain work together to process information so that humans can come to “know” what we know. Still, the fascination with how we learn and, ultimately, how learning can be optimized remains strong. Adding technology to the mix further diversifies the types of systems available to support intelligent behavior. However, the mind—being a functional entity that can think—is influenced by various factors, such as past trauma, community and environment, cultural and societal expectations, social pressure, personal preferences and comforts, and more. Our presentation will include the varied research interests of group members, highlighting much of the above and detailing the initial findings across multiple disciplines.

In this thematic workshop group members will discuss their research topics, and will be joined by two guest speakers who will discuss their work in related fields.

Our speakers :

Atish Gonsalves is a social technologist, entrepreneur and the Global Innovation Director of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy based in London.Atish has consistently implemented successful educational-technology (edtech) solutions that have helped democratize learning for thousands of learners in difficult contexts.

Andrew Sliwinski is the Head of Technology for LEGO Education after working as a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab where he was co-director of Scratch – a programming tool and online community that serves over 200 million children per year. Andrew also co-founded the online learning community DIY Co.

Please register here for the event. The event will take place virtually. The zoom link will be sent on your registration email the day before the event.

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Monday, March 8, 2021
4:30 PM
PhD Thesis Defense - Guy Aidelberg
Towards Democratization of Nucleic Acid Detection

The defense will be online, using this link:

The aim of this project was to understand how to democratize nucleic acid detection and how to harness it for citizen science and education. Allowing anybody anywhere to do and understand genetic detection, simply rapidly and affordably and to demystify, empower, educate, and inspire.

This interdisciplinary work both used and developed novel tools at the intersection of Molecular Biology, Citizen/Open, and Learning Sciences. We tested new high throughput, low volume, and multi-parameter techniques to develop and optimize fluorescent isothermal nucleic acid amplification assays that are not only rapid, sensitive, and specific but also robust. We created a 5 minutes DNA extraction protocol that only needs water. Detection is done utilizing our ultra- affordable (less than 2$) easy to build open-hardware fluorescence detector.

Making finding a specific fragment of DNA/RNA more accessible by reducing the cost of the reactions and instrumentation by at least an order of magnitude and halving the length of the experiments as compared to traditional PCR. Additionally simplifying it, such that even the untrained public (from the ages of 5 to 85) can successfully detect and see a gene with their own eyes. The hour of incubation time allows for deeper discussion, learning, and debate. The first use case is detection of GMOs in food and feed.

This has all been packaged into a modular open Workshop/Lab that has been adapted to different audiences. The workshop has been done over 25 times in 5 countries (France, UK, Switzerland, USA, Spain), by more than 400 people, half of which were K-14 students in the Paris region, and the other half on diverse groups such as researchers, biohackers/makers, and the general public. Pre/post-workshop questionnaires have shown significantly improved understanding, empowerment and motivation by the participants.

As Proof of the generality of this approach during the COVID pandemic these methodologies and the lessons learned have been applied to the detection of SARS-CoV-2 in an open and collaborative way with partners around the globe. Particularly focusing on solutions for low resource settings, which might lack access to infrastructure and robust cold chains.

We believe this is an important step towards making nucleic acids accessible to a wider audience, in an open, hands-on, learning by doing way. This powerful methodology could be used for a variety of other targets such as interrogating the food we eat or searching for endangered, invasive, or pathogenic species.

The Jury:


Prof Jim Hasselhof Professor of Synthetic Biology - Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge also the founder of Openplant and Biomaker Dr. David Sun Kong Director, Community Biotechnology Initiative Research Scientist MIT MediaLAB


Prof Murial MAMBRINI- DOUDET Head of the FIRE doctoral school CRI/UDP/INRA Dr. Amir MITCHEL ASSISTANT PROFESSOR University of Massachusetts Dr. Fernan FEDERICI ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
6:00 PM

Tips for a successful crowdfunding. This workshop is intended for club referees but open to all CRI students within the limit of the number of places available (30 participants maximum), think to register you in advance. Event organized by the Student Life Coordination and EphiScience Association team. Join us the 11th March at 6PM on google meet:

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Monday, March 15, 2021
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Morgane Aubineau


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Monday, March 22, 2021
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Renaud Bastien

Perceptions and Movements in Collective Virtual Reality

Behavior is a fundamental property of living organisms. Individuals move in space, gather resources, mate, form collective structures. The individuals provide an adapted response to their environment by perceiving external stimuli, e.g., the direction of the light or the others' position, and internal stimuli, e.g., proprioception. The central problem of modeling is identifying functions that can predict individuals' behavior according to their perceived environment. A clear description of the environment is then critical. The recent advances in Virtual Reality (VR) allow us to investigate these questions by immersing individuals in a 3d virtual environment, where we can finely control each individual's visual field. This provides a unique opportunity to tackle vision in collective and individual behavior. I joined the CRI last year to design a general platform for studying behavior by the networking and automation of VR systems with two objectives in mind: i - Studying the relation between perception and movements ii - Providing an open platform for collective VR. I will present experiments where people interact with a unique object, discuss how this project has evolved with the ongoing pandemics and the shape this project will take in the coming future.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
6:00 PM
Get funding for your project

Tips to succeed when looking for fundings. This workshop is intended for club referees but open to all CRI students within the limit of the number of places available (30 participants maximum), think to register you in advance. This workshop is organized by the Student Life Coordination and HOME Association team. Join us on the 31th March at 6PM on google meet:

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