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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AIRE EdTech Masters Program

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 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 or Asia … Take a teaching assignment Begin a thesis and join a laboratory. Publics At the entrance of the Master, students are Sociology students in educational sciences, biology, cognitive science, design, computer science, engineering sciences, Practicing faculty physicians involved in educational innovation. All are passionate about education and believe that its future is crucial for the future. For some students, it is a step aside for a project. This is the case of doctors who want to take time to imagine a serious game, design a simulator to train surgeons, embarking on a participatory science research, manufacture objects connected in a OpenLab for their research. . This is the case of teachers who seek a breath for a job they love and want to re-imagine. For others it is the beginning of a research curriculum that requires knowledge about learning in a digital society and that will combine several disciplines, computer science, cognitive science, physics, biology, humanities and social. For others still, designers, artists, hackers is a creative field, for sustainable development, sharing economy, the development of “common” knowledge. All meet, to discuss the tech ed (Education and technology) with 3 fields of expertise: The educational philosophy and anthropology of knowledge, digital humanities, social sciences Digital techniques, experimentation Entrepreneurship, project management,brainFoster Cadre The CRI makes available to large communities of teachers and researchers its wide experience in training through research, experience heavily supported on digital technologies used creatively. Many training activities have made it possible to capitalize on active steps the research of information, inverted class, student projects, serious games, practice in laboratory. Master 1 The first year will begin with three weeks of bootcamp aiming to give the students the basics in different computer languages and the use of technology for education purposes. The first semester will give the opportunity to every student to pick 5 courses among our curriculum but we advise the students to attend all of them. Students will do a 5 months internship for their second semester. They will be asked to come back once a week to attend lectures on cognitive science and various matters related to innovation and education. Serious games Learning by doing Scientific communication New technologies to create and share knowledge Pedagogical innovation: what is at stake? How does it happen? Open Science and Open Innovation Cognitive science Internship of 5 months Master 2 The second year will mostly be spent in internships. After an introducing week of project building, the students will have to do three internships of three months each. Workshops and lectures will happen one afternoon every week to deal with innovation analyse and design of educational project. Review and critical analysis of pedagogical innovations Internships 3x 3 months [-]

AIV Masters Program

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 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 year from the master’s first year program or apply directly, having fulfilled previously an equivalent of 4 years post-high school education, including at least one internship in a research settings. First year of the AIV master (M1) Semester 1 The first semester starts with a 3 week-long bootcamp that gives a condensed overview of the biology, chemistry, math and physics that students will see during the semester. Since students all come from different scientific backgrounds we try to give a feeling of the subjects that will emerge during the semester, and to give an intuition on which subjects the students should start working on their own. Typically, a student with physics background needs to work on fundamental biological concepts such as central dogma, evolution, DNA, methods in biology, while a biologist usually needs to focus more on the mathematical and physical concepts that are used in quantitative description of living systems. After this bootcamp, several core courses will take place on weekly basis. Students will learn the theoretical and practical concepts that are required to perform scientific research at the frontiers between biology, math and physics. Semester 2: internships In the second M1 semester, students “learn through research”, following an internship in a laboratory of their choice in the Paris area or by participating in the Paris Bettencourt iGEM team at the MIT international synthetic biology competition. Our Paris-LB team iGEM is the first French team to participate and is singled out each year, including winning the 2013 world championship. In addition to the internships or iGEM participations, students follow seminars and the Scientific Communication Course. The research internship is an integral part of the training. The internship will be full time, and should ideally consist in a defined project that will lead to results within the 5 month period. Ideally the internship runs from the beginning of February to the end of June. Any research projects related to synthetic, systems and quantitative biology are possible. It is a great opportunity for the students to discover what it actually means to do research in a laboratory. iGEM competition As an alternative to this long internship, students can apply to the iGEM Paris Bettencourt Team. Every year a small group of students from AIV and other Masters programs around Paris gather their strengths and are hosted by the CRI to setup an iGEM project and participate to this competition of synthetic biology. This usually starts by brainstorming sessions and project building and does not require a full time involvement before may or June. Meanwhile we expect that participants find an internship of typically 3 to 4 month before joining the iGEM Team. Note that since the iGEM competition finale takes place in November, the participants will have to organize themselves to stay in the team up to that date. Forthe students continuing with us in the second year of the Master, this means that the first lab rotation of M2 will be dedicated to finishing the iGEM team project. What is next? At the end of the Master 1, and given that you have passed all exams, we will discuss with you the opportunity for you to continue with us in M2. Usually all students that want to stay with us, can do so. However, if for some reason you prefer to switch to another Master program that is more specialized and focused on your favorite research topic, we’ll help you to make the transition. Second year of the AIV master (M2) During the 2nd year, students deepen their knowledge of life sciences, develop their ability to critically analyze scientific works and discover the Research world. Two tracks are offered: 1. general interdisciplinary track for students who wish to develop their knowledge in various interfaces with Life Sciences 2. SSB track for students who wish to further their knowledge in systems and synthetic biology. The structure of the year in terms of seminar courses and internship is the same for both tracks. The year is designed to help the students find their way into the research realm. Students can follow to the second year from the master’s first year program or apply directly, having fulfilled previously an equivalent of 4 years post-high school education, including at least one internship in a research settings. The M2 year consists of a one week workshop along with the FdV 1st year PhD fellows. In small groups, students learn how to create interdisciplinary research projects. This is followed by weekly Friday afternoon courses, throughout the year, geared to develop the students’ capacities to read and analyze current scientific articles.The remainder of 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 will have the opportunity to learn research by doing research in labs, to meet with many researchers and to discuss recent interdisciplinary research articles and reviews. At the end of the year, most of the students will apply to a PhD program, in France or abroad. One of our role as teachers is to make sure that all of the students know by the end of the M2 what scientific questions they would wish to work on during the 3-4 years of their future PhD and assure that the students have acquired the needed basis to tackle them. Year overview The year starts with one week workshop at Sèvres, and then the students are expected to perform 3 internships of 3 months each while preparing and attending courses on Fridays at 15.00h. [-]

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8-10 rue Charles V
Paris, Ile-de-France, 75004 FR