What is CRI?

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

CRI develops and hosts educational programs, from preschool to high school (Savanturiers - Ecole de la Recherche), and Bachelor, Master, PhD as well as lifelong learning programs, together with Université de Paris.

At the heart of CRI are an INSERM Collaboratory Unit and innovative maker and digital labs.

CRI co-organised the World Innovation Summit for Education in Paris (WISE@Paris) and hosted the first edition of the Learning Planet Assembly in partnership with AFD and UNESCO. A wide range of partners accompany CRI including Paris City Hall.

CRI was founded in 2006 by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as an essential and key supporting partner.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
12:00 AM
Candidature Licence Frontières du Vivant
Dates de candidature

Vous voulez candidater en Licence Frontières du Vivant:

L1 pour les étudiants français et européens

Via ParcourSup du 22 janvier au 2 avril 2020

L2 / L3, ou pour les candidats étrangers

Via le site web de la licence Frontières du Vivant:

L1 candidat étranger à partir du 22 janvier jusqu'au 23 mars 2020

L2/L3 candidat français/étranger à partir du 22 janvier jusqu'au 15 juin 2020

Dates des entretiens

L1 -> 29/30 avril 2020

L2/L3-> Entre le 4 et 10 juillet 2020

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Monday, February 24, 2020
7:00 AM

De nombreux pays développent leurs programmes de médecine génomique, faisant entrer l’ère du séquençage de génome dans le soin courant. Les futurs professionnels de santé et spécialistes en génétique médicale doivent comprendre les différentes étapes qui mènent du phénotypage au diagnostic via le séquençage haut débit (SHD). Accompagnant cette révolution médicale, il existe un besoin de formation de la communauté des praticiens aux notions d’algorithmique, d’analyse de données SHD, de statistiques et de gestion des données massives. Quelques initiatives de formation sont proposées par des universités et sociétés savantes à l'échelle française et européenne. Néanmoins, l’offre actuelle d’enseignement francophone est limitée, autant en formation initiale qu’en formation continue.

Nous avons proposé la création d’un enseignement en ligne introductif à la génomique humaine sous la forme d'un MOOC, le MOOC BiG pour Bioinformatique pour la Génomique Médicale.

La première sesion du MOOC démarre sur FUN-MOOC le 24 février 2020 ! Découvrez la bande annonce :

N'hésitez pas à vous inscrire !

Ce MOOC a été réalisé sous l’égide du Collège National des Praticiens et Enseignants de Génétique Médicale (CNEPGM), grâce au soutien de la filière de santé AnDDi-Rares, la Société Française de Médecine Prédictive et Personnalisée(SFMPP), le Réseau Français de Bioinformatique pour le Diagnostic (BioInfoDiag), le support technique du Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire (CRI) et de SAPIENS.

Découvrez le MOOC sur :

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Monday, March 30, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Collaboratory seminar - Pauline Provini

Attend the seminar remotely :

How bird biomechanics can help to produce more efficient vocal prosthetics ?

Pauline Provini - CRI Research

We share remarkable similarities with birds. Among them, bipedalism and complex language are two traits often seen as human specificities, yet also present in birds. In my project, I want to focus on birdsong to build a new generation of vocal prostheses. Patients suffering from an advanced stage of laryngeal cancer often have to undergo a total surgical removal of the larynx, which is the human voice source. Our voice is used to communicate but also defines our identity. Thus, a voice alteration or a complete speech loss can cause emotional and social issues. To recover the ability to speak, a prosthesis, mimicking the vocal folds, is usually placed between the trachea and the oesophagus. The exhaled air crosses a vibrating element and produces a substitute voice. Unfortunately, the created voice is of poor quality: it is weak, with a low fundamental frequency. In addition, the limited lifetime of the devices, due to biofilm coming from mucus/material interactions, forces a frequent device replacement. To date, there is no voice prosthesis lasting more than 3 months and able to reconstruct a natural-sounding human voice. In this context, birds should attract attention. First, their vocal repertoire is incredibly diverse, with pitch spanning from 100 to 12 000 Hz, compared to only 85 to 255 Hz in human speech. Moreover, the unique structure of their vocal organ, the syrinx, allows the production of sounds from the vibration of membranes, located in the wall of the syrinx. Thus, unlike in mammals, the air is flowing through the vocal tract without crossing any structures. The accurate biological and physical experimental data I want to gather will feed a predictive aero-acoustic model to understand cause-effect relationships between shape, motions, and produced sounds in birds. It will provide the necessary elements to design and prototype more durable and efficient prostheses, which will produce voices that will sound more humane. 

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Monday, March 30, 2020
6:30 PM
Sulitest x Tacos Party
How well do you know the sustainable development goals? And, how much do you like tacos?

For the Semaine Etudiante du Développement Durable, we are hosting a gathering to test and improve your Sustainability Literacy through the Sulitest.

The idea that drove the creation of Sulitest is that, in order to address the social, economical and environmental challenges the world is currently facing, and in order to reach the sustainable development goals, all current and future decision makers urgently need to improve their “Sustainable Literacy“: the knowledge, skills and mindsets that allow individuals to become deeply committed to build a sustainable future and that help them to make informed and effective decisions to this end.

You can take this test alone, in paris, or with an entire team.

To enliven test taking time, we will compliment you with taco tasting time. Make your own tacos or try out some of our own recipes by the Living Campus team.

We hope to see you there!

Monday March 30 6:30 - 8 pm CRI Lounge

contact to help with preparation.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020
5:00 PM
The HUNT - an Eco- tale treasure hunt
Join The Hunt.

Find what is missing, what is important. Clues are everywhere, but will you see them? Or will they pass you by...

A thematic treasure hunt organised for the Semaine Etudiante du Developpement Durable. Prizes to win!

If you want to paricipate as a volunteer, or give a hand with preparation, write to :

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
7:30 PM
Prendre soin : tous humains ? par Dr Marie-Aude Piot

Intervenant : Dr Marie-Aude Piot, MCU-PH, psychiatre et Constance Hamel pour l’association “la vie Kintsugi”

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Friday, April 3, 2020
6:00 PM
In an Era of Climate uncertainty, where we question how we live and interact as an ecosystem lets come together for an evening!

During this evening come share an excerpt of your favourite book, a poem or spoken words you wrote!

The Climate Narative Emergency Workshop participant will share their creation too!

Lets share local food, music, joy and imagine what life together, sustainably and with human and life at the center can be!

Bring your own instrument, homemade food and the creation you want to share!

contact to help with preparation.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020
6:00 PM
Panier d'Alexandre: Communal Dinner & Seasonal Food Workshop

On Thursday April 23, the Living Campus team is organising a spring communal dinner, where we will put together a dish with fresh seasonal vegetables and fruits. This event will be an occasion to spend time together and learn about a model of sustainable agriculture.

What is Le Panier D'Alexandre? Every thursday, Alexandre delivers fresh food from his farm on bycicle. He is an example of local, small scale organic agriculture, and an example of a low carbon footprint business.

We'd like to introduce you to seasonal, local foods and share current and future models of sustainable agriculture.

Please register in advance so we may know how many paniers are needed!

Hope to see you then!

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Friday, April 24, 2020
9:30 AM
The 2ndInternational Colloquium on Network and Evolution, April 24th, Sorbonne Université, Paris France (Free but registration strongly encouraged)

Dear all,

The AIRE team organizes a free international colloquium on Networks and Evolution to be held at Sorbonne Université (Campus Pierre et Marie Curie, Jussieu Métro Station), on April 24th from 9 :30 to 17 :00. The event is free.

It will consist of two distinct parts : scientific conferences in the morning by renowned speakers, and practical bioinformatic tutorials in the afternoon (you can attend one but not the other, there is no need for registration for the morning, but we require registration for the afternoon event, since 15 seats only are available). All academics, and in particular students, are very welcome to attend,

Talks (provisional titles, but final speakers) will start at 9 :30 (exact room and building within the Jussieu Campus will be specified at a later date) :

9 :30-10 :15 : Pr. Fernando Baquero (Ramón y Cajal University Hospital - Ramón y Cajal Institute for Health Research, IRYCIS. Microbial Biology and Evolution, Department of Microbiology, Spain): 'Evolution and Networks’

10 :15-11 :00 : Dr. Eduardo Rocha (Unité de génomique évolutive des microbes, Institut Pasteur, France) : ‘Networks of gene exchange across mobile elements and their bacterial hosts’

11 :00-11 :45 : Pr. Sara Mitri (Department of Fundamental Microbiology, Université de Lausanne, Switzerland) : ‘Evolutionary ecology of microbial communities’

11 :45-12 :30 : Dr. Anja Spang (Microbiology & Biogeochemistry, Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Netherlands) : ‘Microbial evolution, Eukaryogenesis, and Symbiosis’

Practicals, led by Pr. Philippe Lopez (ISYEB, Paris, France) will start at 14PM. They will include:

Construction and visualization of gene similarity networks

Detection of composite genes

Construction and visualization of genome similarity networks

If time permits : Mining metagenomes with networks)

The whole event is free, but lunch will only be provided to speakers.

Please register for the practical session (and if possible let us know you will attend the morning session) by email to :

Looking forward,

Dr. Eric Bapteste on behalf of The AIRE team (ISYEB)

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Saturday, April 25, 2020
9:00 AM
Transition écologique : que peut l'école ?

Une journée d’étude et de débats co-organisée par CRAP-Cahiers Pédagogiques et Savanturiers - École de la Recherche

A l’occasion de la publication du numéro 560 de mars 2020 des Cahiers pédagogiques « La transition écologique, un défi pour l’école » et dans le cadre du chantier de l’école au défi de l’anthropocène ouvert par Savanturiers, nous souhaitons contribuer à mobiliser le monde scolaire autour des enjeux écologiques : quels enseignements scolaires sont nécessaires ? Comment prendre en compte les dérèglements climatiques dans la mission de l’école ? Quelles pistes d’actions proposer à la communauté éducative ? Quelles formations pour les enseignants ?


La journée est organisée en cinq temps


Peggy Colcanap et Ange Ansour

2/ CONFÉRENCE INAUGURALE : CADRER LES ENJEUX Hervé Le Treut, climatologue, Académie des Sciences Jeanne Gherardi, Maitresse de conférences à l'Université Versailles St Quentin et chercheuse au LSCE (Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement) 3/ ATELIERS : PRODUIRE UN OUTIL POUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ ÉDUCATIVE

Vous aurez l'opportunité de participer à l'un de ces 6 ateliers

"Connaître et agir : l’éco-citoyenneté" Nicolas Demarthe et La Main à la Pâte à Nogent sur Oise "Quels savoirs : savoir-faire pédagogiques et contenus disciplinaires" Christine Lanza, professeur de SVT à Paris "Formation des enseignants" Aurélien Decamps, projet Sulitest INSPE Versailles "Les établissements : territoires et bâtiments" Camile Plaze, lycée de Sarcelles et de Julien Chamboredon, lycée à Paris "Numérique et écologie" Point de M.I.R, Maison de l'Informatique Responsable "Philosophie et débat écologique" Virginie Shipley (collège) et Fanny Bernard (lycée) 4/ TABLE RONDE

Animée par Jean-Michel Zakhartchouk (Cahiers pédagogiques)

Participants :

Brigitte Marin, présidente de la coordination des INSPE et administratrice de l’INSPE de Créteil, François Taddei, directeur du CRI, Aurélie Zwang, enseignante (lycée, puis université), Iris Asselin, jeune ambassadrice engagée pour le climat 5/ CONCLUSION

Par Ange Ansour, grand témoin de la journée

INFORMATIONS PRATIQUES Date : samedi 25 avril 2020 Horaires : de 9h à 17h Lieu : CRI - 8bis rue Charles V, 75004 Paris FORMULAIRE D'INSCRIPTION

Participation gratuite mais inscription obligatoire à l'événement via ce lien : formulaire d'inscription

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Monday, April 27, 2020
9:30 AM
Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction - PCA Student Symposium

Paris College of Art presents symposium addressing the impact of digital technology on the creation, distribution, and experience of art in 2020

In his 1935 essay, "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” philosopher and literary critic Walter Benjamin considered the technological inventions of the time that were shifting the way humanity was experiencing the world, such as through film and photography. He argued that mechanical reproduction not only changed how art was created and distributed but changed the definition of art itself. Now, in 2020, with social media, 3D modeling, 3D printers, laser cutters, virtual reality, high-resolution cameras, and design software, how is art impacted by technology? The symposium “Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction” will consider how technology is impacting the creation, distribution, and experience of art today.

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Monday, April 27, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research seminar - Kirstie Whitaker – Participatory citizen science to improve autistic people's lives

Attend the seminar remotely :

Participatory citizen science to improve autistic people's lives

by Kirstie Whitaker

Autistica and the Alan Turing Institute are working together to build a participatory, citizen science platform to gather data on how sensory processing affects autistic people’s navigation of the world. Numerous studies have confirmed that autistic people experience sensory processing differences, and that this can significantly impact their lives. One aspect which is not yet fully understood is how these differences affect the ways in which autistic people navigate different environments. In this talk, I will showcase the team's process of building a project that is participatory from the ground up. We ensure that all aspects of the project are designed and developed in collaboration with members of the autistic community through focus groups and user testing in the design phase. In close collaborations with the Open Humans community, we are developing a platform for which the software, design, process and governance documentation are all open source.

We give the individual contributors control over how their data is used on the platform. Flipping the traditional scientific study on its head, our goal is to give a voice to autistic citizen scientists and educate neurotypical people. We seek to empower everyone in supporting autistic people and their families in living long, healthy, happy lives. Combining open science, participatory design, transparent governance, inclusive community management, and collaborations across academia, industry and the third sector requires a diverse, interdisciplinary community of contributors.

CRI audience members will leave knowing how they can join the team and contribute to the project that same day, starting from information at our website and GitHub repository, or reuse the processes we've developed for their own citizen science research.


Kirstie Whitaker is a research fellow at the Alan Turing Institute (London, UK) and senior research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Her work covers a broad range of interests and methods, but the driving principle is to improve the lives of neurodivergent people and people with mental health conditions. Dr Whitaker uses magnetic resonance imaging to study child and adolescent brain development and participatory citizen science to educate non-autistic people about how they can better support autistic friends and colleagues.

She is the lead developer of The Turing Way, an openly developed educational resource to enable more reproducible data science. Kirstie is a passionate advocate for making science "open for all" by promoting equity and inclusion for people from diverse backgrounds, and by changing the academic incentive structure to reward collaborative working.

She is the chair of the Turing Institute's Ethics Advisory Group, a Fulbright scholarship alumna and was a 2016/17 Mozilla Fellow for Science. Kirstie was named, with her collaborator Petra Vertes, as a 2016 Global Thinker by Foreign Policy magazine. You can find more information at her lab website:

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Thursday, May 14, 2020
6:30 PM
Biotech Start-up Series #2: Oncology Markets, implications for Product Development and Deal-Making

The Biotech Start-up Series of conferences focuses on entrepreneurship in healthcare, allowing American & European entrepreneurs, researchers and experts to gather and explore trends in the biotechnology field.

The second event will focus on Oncology and Markets. Research advances have given us many new options to fight cancer, and there are many new products in development. When should market considerations guide development? Is market access an issue that entrepreneurs need to think about? What data is available to guide the early development of oncology products?

How do large companies organize themselves to navigate this difficult process? How can entrepreneurs prepare to better interact with “big pharma” who have more data and resources? Come hear from entrepreneurs who have successfully brought products to patients.

BioLabs, the leading operator of co-working laboratory spaces in the US, in collaboration with Servier, a global pharmaceutical company governed by a Foundation, is pleased to invite you to this free event happening in the hub of research and innovation in Paris, the CRI.

The conference will start at 18:30 and will be followed by a cocktail and networking session.

We look forward to meeting with you at the CRI amphitheater on May 14.

Free event. Open to everyone, limited seating.

More information:

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Monday, May 25, 2020
7:30 PM
Les directives anticipées et la planification anticipée des soins par Gian Domenico Borasio

Intervenant : Gian Domenico Borasio, professeur de soins palliatifs, Lausanne

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020
8:30 AM
Congrès des élèves chercheurs Savanturiers 2020 - Édition parisienne

Le CRI accueille pendant 4 jours les élèves Savanturiers ayant mené des projets de recherche ou d'ingénierie en classe. Plus d'informations à venir

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Friday, June 26, 2020
7:30 PM
Euthanasie, suicide assisté et loi Leonetti: l’évidence scientifique par Gian Domenico Borasio

intervenant : Gian Domenico Borasio, professeur de soins palliatifs, Lausanne

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Monday, July 6, 2020
9:00 AM
Université d'été de l'éducation par la recherche #2

Savanturiers - École de la recherche organise la deuxième édition de son Université d’été de l’Éducation par la recherche. Plus d’informations à venir

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