Center for Research and Interdisciplinary (CRI)

Introduction

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI) in Paris was founded in 2005 as a convivial place at the crossroad of life sciences and exact, natural, cognitive, and social sciences.

Today, the CRI offers three degree programs integrated in the Bettencourt curriculum: an undergraduate program (Licence Frontières du Vivant, FdV, Paris-Descartes University), a masters program (Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences, AIV Master, Paris-Descartes University, Paris-Diderot University), and a doctoral program (Frontiers of Life, Ecole doctorale 474 Frontières du Vivant, FdV).

The CRI’s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a variety of courses, and many student clubs.

The CRI’s main role is to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects. Mentors, research institutions, private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, provide the support for the student-created research projects and activities.

The aforementioned activities range from the first French synthetic biology team (iGEM Paris Bettencourt, for the MIT-sponsored iGEM (international genetically engineered machine) competition) to the Paris-Montagne Science Festival, and the Science Académie, an outreach program that allows high schools students from underprivileged neighborhoods to discover their creativity in science.

The CRI also hosts the laboratory facilities of the U1001 unit of the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM) in Paris-Descartes University’s Medical School.

During 2012 and 2013, the CRI activities have expanded with the following new projects:

  • The new Institute for Learning Through Research (Institut Innovant de Formation par la Recherche – IIFR Paris Descartes / PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité) was inaugurated in March 2012 by the International Scientific Committee of the National Innovative Training Program (IDEFI) of the French Ministry of Research. The IIFR organizes different workshops, PhD courses, an executive program and it will launch a new Master Program in September 2014. In September 2013, the IIFR activities were awarded an UNESCO Chair for “Learning science”.
  • The Citizen Cyberlab European Consortium (citizen science) was launched in September 2012 with funding from the EU 7th Framework.
  • Knowledge adventures for kids / Savanturiers : these scientific workshops in Parisian primary schools (children 9-10 years old) began in September 2013, in partnership with the City of Paris.
  • In July 2013, the CRI was also selected by the City of Paris to design and develop an innovative MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) that will launch its first projects in 2014.

The rapid growth of the CRI led in 2013 to the search of new facilities to welcome all the new members of the CRI team: part of the team (dry lab) moved to a new building located at 8-10 rue Charles V at Paris 4e, while the U1001 Inserm lab team and the wet lab activities remained in the Faculty of Medicine at Paris 14e – Port Royal.

The CRI cofounders, François Taddei and Ariel Lindner, have produced many publications in general-interest scientific journals, and their research endeavors have been recognized by several awards.

François Taddei is a member of various working groups on the future of research and education (France 2025, OECD report, etc.), and he has been nominated at the French High Council for Education in 2012.

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  • English

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AIRE EdTech Masters Programme

Campus Full time September 2018 France Paris

The aim of this master program is to train future teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, to provide an understanding of the digital transformations happening in education and to help them design relevant and challenging projects. [+]

Take action to promote education The aim of this master program is to train future teachers, researchers and entrepreneurs, to provide an understanding of the digital transformations happening in education and to help them design relevant and challenging projects. Education is now globalized: teaching supports of all kinds are available at all time and everywhere. If it is stimulated by digital economy, education must also compete with it. Schools are urged by society to encourage students’ creativity and eagerness to learn, to inspire them to undertake and share, to develop their lucidity, critical thinking and sense of solidarity. But this goals can’t easily be reached, in a context of social crises, growing inequalities and demographic needs. It is a challenge we are ready to take-up: education is in need for new entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers, and ideally, people with these three characteristics all at once. We are looking for talented students with a particular interest for exploration, experimentation and research. Our candidates must have the desire to work together on exciting collaborative projects and to contribute now to tomorrow’s education. Foster digital people The EdTech program is part of the AIRE master of the universities Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot. It develops an innovative approach of education and a teaching through research pedagogy. Career opportunities A business/job in a startup or an institution At the exit of the master, graduates Become instructional designers, editorial managers or project managers in startups and publishers Create an educational company in Europe, Africa, America... [-]

AIV Masters Programme

Campus Full time September 2018 France Paris

The Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences (AIV) Master of Paris Diderot and Descartes universities is an interdisciplinary two- year program tackling with quantitative approaches on different interfaces with Life Sciences. It aims at training creative and talented students to develop their research in an environment as enriching as the best world graduate programs. [+]

Welcome to the AIV program of the CRI The Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences (AIV) Master of Paris Diderot and Descartes universities is an interdisciplinary two- year program tackling with quantitative approaches on different interfaces with Life Sciences. It aims at training creative and talented students to develop their research in an environment as enriching as the best world graduate programs. The program is based on learning through research pedagogy – rich with research internships and on collaborative projects. The program is funded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation. The 1st year of the AIV Master is the first in France to teach systems biology and synthetic biology. The training is focused at the interface of life sciences and physics, mathematics and computer science. Apart from systems and synthetic biology, students discover methods of mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and as well state-of-the-art technologies (fluorescence microscopy, nano-fabrication, molecular forces measurements, etc.) used to quantify the properties of living systems. They also gain skills in scientific communication and may want to participate in external modules to acquire or strengthen a specific knowledge. During the second year students deepen their knowledge of life sciences, develop their ability to critically analyze scientific works and discover the Research world. The M2 curriculum is devoted to research, through three internships, with at least one theoretical internship and one experimental internship. For those willing to pursue in a PhD program, the last semester will give them the opportunity to prepare a thesis project. Students can follow the second... [-]