Our vision

Co-constructing a learning planet to confront the major challenges of our time

A learning society and a learning planet are organized to systematically promote the learning of individuals and collectives that compose them and enable them to solve the challenges they face.

Because our greatest challenges are global, we must develop a learning planet that facilitates learning through research, engagement and innovation at all stages of life: everyone must be able to document their learning, exploration and action so that others can learn from their successes, difficulties and failures, learn from their experiences and improve their solutions. We must develop a society where sharing, mentoring and cooperating are the norm and transform lifelong learning. Countries such as Finland, Singapore or Canada, that have been able to modernize their education systems show us that such changes are possible and that it is possible both to raise individual standards and to reduce inequalities.

CRI, founded by researchers specializing in evolutionary dynamics and systems engineering, brings together very diverse audiences throughout the world to design and prototype new learning ecosystems and new exponential dynamics in order to mobilize collective intelligence and thus accelerate our ability to meet the SDGs.

We have to learn how to take care of oneself, others and the planet - François Taddei - Chairman and co-founder of CRI

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Monday, March 1, 2021
5:44 PM
FdV Bachelor applications now open!

2021-2022 applications for FdV Bachelor Program @CRI-Université de Paris are now open until June 15th 2021.

FdV Bachelor (Frontières du Vivant) is an interdisciplinary scientific undergraduate program.

In Year 1, a multidisciplinary common core including biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer sciences is an important part of the curriculum, so that all students acquire the same base of knowledge. In Year 2, the courses become interdisciplinary, combining the acquisitions of the different subjects in the first year, especially during the more numerous projects. In Year 3, courses are taught in English and open to international students from all over the world. It offers one semester of courses in Quantitative Biology and one semester of research projects on Life Sciences for SDGs.

Why join us ?

Study interdisciplinary sciences and sustainability Discover an international ecosystem Learn with a project-based approach Experience student life in the heart of Paris

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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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Thursday, March 18, 2021
4:00 PM
Geneva Trialogue 2021

In 2016, responding to the UN General Assembly’s call for collaborative partnerships towards sustainable development for all, the University of Geneva launched the Geneva Trialogue : a one-day event gathering academic, private sector and multilateral stakeholders to discuss knowledge and learning tools, platforms and initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The theme of the 2021 Geneva Trialogue is “Scaling Open Innovation for the SDGs”, covering a range of current initiatives and envisioned opportunities that apply principles of open innovation to achieving the Global Goals.

Join us on 18 March 2021 for two sessions in particular: 16:00 - Engineering the new ecosystem for Learning: Scaling through knowledge and research

This session will discuss gaps and hurdles that are limiting wider adoption of collective problem-solving approaches in learning institutions (K12 and universities), weaving perspectives from educators/social entrepreneurs, policy-making, academic and private sectors. Special focus will be given to the research and knowledge needed to frame these emerging practices to facilitate scaling.

Panel host: Gaell Manguy, Development and International Relations, CRI Paris Valerie Hannon, GELP Elena Proden, UN SDG:Learn & UNITAR Andreas Schleicher, OECD Francois Taddei, CRI 17:00 - Helping Youth Innovators turn Ideas into Action

This session, organised by the Crowd4SDG project, in which CRI is a partner, will reflect on maximizing youth innovation projects’ capacities to help them reach their full potential. The speakers will discuss about the challenges to enable youth innovation projects and the opportunities leading start-ups, established entrepreneurship actors and international organizations offer to overcome these challenges.

Panel host: Romain Muller, CERN Christina Lee, Global Green Connect Mohamed Ba, ITU Omar Bawa, Goodwall Nadine Reichenthal, UNIGE Entrepreneurship Lab Jose Iglesias, TechStars Antonella Vagliente, Young Water Solutions More information

Full program here :

Register online here:

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Thursday, March 18, 2021
5:00 PM
Data-Driven Tools for Decision Makers in City Planning

We are happy to invite you to the common seminar between City Interaction lab (Paris) and network seminar (CRI, Paris).

We are happy to welcome our speaker Talia Kaufmann, who will speak about "Data-Driven Tools for Decision Makers in City Planning".

What is it about? Driven by her passion for data and cities, Talia Kaufmann is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy and is a Resident doctoral fellow at the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University. As part of her research, Talia collaborates with International organizations, local and municipal governments to develop data-driven tools for decision-makers in city planning. Her goal is to illuminate spatial inequality in access to services and provide policy makers with the tools to improve the quality of life of underserved urban communities. Her research tackles questions such as: how many commercial/recreational/public amenities should be added to a given neighborhood or city and where should those amenities be most needed? And, how far should an urban resident walk/drive/take public transport rides to reach the closest park or supermarket from their home?

Bio speaker Talia is trained as an Architect (B.Arch, Tel-Aviv University) and a City Planner (MCP, MIT). Before joining MIT for her Master degree, Talia served as a city planner and a planning information manager at the Tel Aviv-Yafo City Planning Department in Israel. Her research got international recognition by institutions as the World Bank, the OECD, the Government of Israel and more. Talia has been collaborating with the OECD for the past 3 years. She worked closely with the urban indicators team at the organization during summer and fall 2018 as an experiential fellow in Paris, France. At the OECD, Talia wrote a report titled ‘Measuring accessibility to services across cities: A framework for accessibility indicators by walking, driving and public transport’. The report demonstrated the potential of using Google’s fine-grained amenity data for accessibility indicators and was presented at the OECD Workshop on Modernising Statistical Systems for Better Data on Regions and Cities. Talia continues to work with the OECD to expand this framework to all oecd countries, expand it to measure the demand for amenities by measuring spatial consumption patterns and produce indicators for decision-makers.

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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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