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

At the heart of our activities, we host a number of labs within the IIFR - Innovative Institute for training through research. Our labs advise, design, prototype and produce tools for research projects and innovative pedagogy. We empower learners by mixing 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 Offers State-of-the-art systems and synthetic biology experimental lab

Winter and summer schools

The SDG School is a four week long challenge-based university programme that gives you access to a platform where you can voice an opinion, take action and create an impact alongside tens of students from across the globe. As a result of two complementary programs joining forces, SDG School is co-organized by Makers'Asylum and CRI-Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity 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...)
  • 9M€ grants in the last 5 years (IDEFI, H2020, FP7, Mairie de Paris, Ministries...)
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.