Located 5 minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens at the Paris Descartes Medicine Faculty in Cochin, the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) was founded in 2005 as a convivial place at the crossroad between Life Sciences and exact, natural, cognitive and social sciences.
Renovated in 2009, our environment includes a fully-equipped seminar room, a meeting room, office space for visiting professors, a library and coffee rooms and a modelling as well as wet-lab space.
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Associated graduate studies programs
The CRI hosts the Frontiers in Life Sciences FdV Bachelor Program, the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences master program (M1 and M2 AIV) and the European Interdisciplinary Liliane Bettencourt "Frontiers in Life Sciences PhD program (FdV) of the Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot universities (Pole de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur Université Paris Cité), accommodating the brightest students of backgrounds ranging from Philosophy, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Medicine.
In general, the CRI welcomes interdisciplinary courses and seminars of other graduate programs.
For more information please contact us.
The CRI workshops ('clubs')
Aimed at promoting the interaction between graduate students and researchers, diverse student-lead workshops are held on a bi-weekly basis where students and experts interact in an informal yet intensive manner.
The workshops are supplied with funding dedicated to organising student-lead conferences and to invite international speakers.
These sessions are open to the entire scientific Paris community.
Through the clubs, students initiated projects emerged such as award-winning Paris iGEM team and the Interdisciplinary approaches to web sciences.
Science, Education and Society
Researchers at the CRI are involved in studying and initiating projects at the interface of Science, education and society, spanning from young children (MedILS summer school for kids and the Paris Montagne Science Festival), high school students from disadvantaged environment (Science Ac') and graduate students (MedILS summer school AIV master program, FdV PhD program)
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation support
The Fdv PhD program, the AIV Master and the iGEM Paris Liliane Bettencourt team are all part of the Liliane Bettencourt Program, created and funded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation to help creative and talented students to to help creative and talented students develop their research traing in an environment as enriching as the best world graduate programs.
The Bettencourt Schueller Foundation finances these programs' operating and innovative educational costs, allowing the CRI to welcome students, teachers and visiting professors in Central Paris, in a dedicated environment to maximize interactions between disciplins.
1. OECD "Training creative and collaborative knowledge-builders : a major challenge for 21st century education" - report for the OECD
2. UNESCO/OTAN Science Academie: Raising Scientific Passions and Fostering a New Social Link
3. UNESCO/OTAN : Forming the next generation of European interdisciplinary scientists
Evolutionary Systems biology team (U571) headed by François Taddei installed in may 2009 at the CRI.
For more details see TaMaRa's lab
Ageing research : AXA Paris descartes Chair "A systems approach to individual differences in longevity".
New project at the CRI to explore open source web tools : WISER-U