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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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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