Research @CRI
Research @CRI

Research Collaboratory at the crossroads of life, learning, and digital sciences

Within our research unit of INSERM and University of Paris (UMR U1284), we pursue open, collaborative research projects to tackle the world’s health and education challenges, focusing on the following broad topics, amenable to bridge foundational research and societal impact:

  • Open synthetic and systems biology – from foundational understanding of living systems to open-pharma/biotech solutions.
  • Open AI – understanding and shaping current digital transition in context of learning, health and/or human-machine paradigms.
  • Open health – from data-rich research to frugal software/hardware development
  • Open learning – from understanding learning to human-machine paradigms
  • Open phronesis – tackling ethical challenges of our time

Here the researchers can remix, recombine, cross fertilize and ultimately pursue ideas that cannot be boxed into a single field. We do so in the Open Science framework, insisting on open publication, open data, open methods, welcoming and involving the public to all aspects of the scientific process though participative science projects and dry/wet Open Labs. Beyond doing research, we also do research on the research endeavor itself, striving to understand how we do science and improve upon it.

  • 12 teams
  • 3 completed, 1 in progress call for fellows
  • 2 workshops and 50+ seminars per year
  • 50+ associated Labs
  • 40+ CRI research projects
Some research projects
Using peer production in citizen science
Investigating whether peer production ideals and mechanisms can be used to facilitate bottom-up community science projects
Open Drug Discovery Programme in Africa
A CRI-sponsored postdoctoral opportunity in sub-saharan Africa.
Visualising teachers' point of view
Developing taxonomies based on teachers answers to open-ended questions
A quantitative study of interdisciplinarity and team performance in the iGEM competition
Quantifying how background and skills diversity affect team performance in iGEM teams
Innovative educational methods for research integrity
Innovative educational methods for research integrity
Model discovery in physics and biology with neural networks
Using neural networks to automatically extract the differential equations underlying a data-set
Innovation @CRI
Innovation @CRI

Catalyzing hands-on pedagogies for life, learning and digital sciences

Initiated since 2012 by the IIFR - "Institut Innovant de Formation par la Recherche", the Labs have several objectives : advise, design, prototype and produce tools for research projects and innovative pedagogy. We promote learnings that combine design and technology.

GameLab Designs innovative games for science and education

HealthLab Brings interdisciplinarity into healthcare

MakerLab Develops open tools for research, educational and learning projects

MotionLab Develops research projects involving motion and education

Premiers Cris Works on infant development and gathers future parents, child care workers and scientists

VR Frontiers Lab Explores Virtual Reality applications in education and interdisciplinary science

WetLab Synthetic biology experimental lab

Winter and summer schools

The SDG school is a four-week university program that allows students to develop individual and collective skills to meet the challenges of our times. As a result of two complementary programs joining forces, SDG School is co-organized by CRI and Maker’s Asylum as an upgrade of their two universities: STEAM School and CRI Labs Summer School.

The SDG School is based on the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations to be reached by 2030, a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all around the globe in the areas of education, healthcare, equality, energy, production, consumption, climate change and strategic partnerships.

During these 4 intensive weeks, students are exposed to global scenarios, new methodologies in science and technology and are trained to think like a social entrepreneur to prototype a meaningful project. They make a game, a device or build an art installation tackling a SDG with the mentorship of experts in game making, medicine, environmental science, digital fabrication, frugal innovation – and much more!

  • 50+ R&D interns trained in the last two years
  • 30+ R&D institutional partners (Harvard, MIT, Tsinghua, Geneva, IRCAM...)
Réalise tes rêves RTR
Réalise tes rêves RTR

To re-mobilize NEETs towards the job market

The Ministry of Employment, as part of the Skills Investment Plan (PIC en français), has launched a call for projects called "100% inclusion - La fabrique de la remobilisation" which aims to "detect and facilitate the experimentation of new solutions for the inclusion of the most vulnerable people, and new approaches to remobilisation towards employment, development and valorisation of the skills of these groups".

The RtR project has been selected as one of this year's winners and will be tested in three sites in France: Lille-Roubaix, Paris-Montreuil and Marseille. This national action-research project proposes to experiment with new pedagogical approaches to remobilize, support, develop and enhance the skills of people remote from the labour market (NEETs).

The consortium is made up of the Catholic Institute of Lille (ICL), the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (CRI), the Collective and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LICA), the Chance social-business and the Synergie Family association.

The founding idea of the RtR project is to reverse the labour market paradigm which must go towards the individual while proposing an approach that starts from the individual to a corresponding labour market that takes into account his or her identity, talents, resources, motivations and dreams. Our objective is not only to make a link between the labour market and the unemployed or NEETs, but to build a sustainable and fulfilling inclusion in both directions.

  • 3 territories : Lille-Roubaix, Paris-Montreuil, Aix-Marseille
  • 1500 people reached
  • target audience : women and 18-30 year old people
  • 70 people in the project team
Some innovative projects
Jeu multijoueur asymétrique en réalité mixte pour l'apprentissage des sciences.
Complexus : une exploration de la complexité en santé
La santé est par nature complexe, mais comment la représenter ?
DITOs European Project (2016-2019)
DITOs is a European project supporting and promoting Citizen Science throughout Europe
A serious escape game with cognitive puzzles in a strange dream to introduce teachers to higher-education pedagogy.