What is CRI?

The CRI is co-constructing and sharing new ways of learning, teaching, conducting research and mobilizing collective intelligence in the fields of life, learning and digital sciences, in order to face the world's sustainable development goals (SDGs).

CRI develops and hosts educational programs, from preschool to high school (Savanturiers - Ecole de la Recherche), and interdisciplinary Bachelor, Master, PhD as well as lifelong learning programs, of the Université de Paris.

At the heart of CRI are an INSERM-Université de Paris research Collaboratory Unit and an innovative maker and digital labs.

CRI co-organised the World Innovation Summit for Education in Paris (WISE@Paris) and hosted the first edition of the Learning Planet Assembly in partnership with AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and UNESCO. A wide range of partners accompanies CRI including Paris City Hall.

CRI was founded in 2006 by François Taddei and Ariel Lindner with the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation as an essential and key supporting partner.

  • 350 students each year, 1300 students since CRI's creation
  • +40 research fellows
  • +30 000 pupils involved in Savanturiers program since Savanturiers' creation in 2013
  • +100 talks by international scientific leaders
  • +100 000 subscriptions to CRI’s MOOCs since 2014
  • +50 nationalities
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Monday, November 2, 2020
3:00 PM
CRI Research Seminar: Nolwenn Lapierre

The use of video-based technologies for older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place.

As a psychomotor therapist, I developed an expertise in older adults’ rehabilitation and research in the field of technologies to support aging-in-place (i.e., aging safely at home while being involved in one’s community).

Two of the biggest threats to aging-in-place are falls and the behavioural symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., wandering, agitation). These problematic overburden caregivers, precipitate institutionalisation and complexify the care in those institutions. Technology solutions exist to support older adults and their caregivers. Video-based technologies present advantages to detect, evaluate and intervene for these age-related issues. This presentation aims to expose how video-based technologies can support older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place. Early detection of falls and behavioural symptoms of neurodegenerative disorders at home or in long-term care contribute to reducing their consequences. Despite some prejudices, video-cameras are well accepted to detect dangerous events at home and send alert to caregivers. Technological difficulties can be overcome to successfully implement video-based technologies at home. Likewise, they can inform the causes of the falls and the behavioural symptoms in order to adjust the rehabilitation treatment. Moreover, in the form of exergames (games targeting physical activity) video-based technologies can support the rehabilitation professional to provide older adults with rehabilitation program adapted to the older adults’ abilities, specific health issues, in a fun way that improves their motivation and adherence to the treatment. Ethical considerations regarding users’ privacy and user-centred approaches have guided this work in order to support older adults’ rehabilitation and aging-in-place.

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Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:00 PM
Network seminar: " Cognitive network science as a proxy for accessing key ideas and emotions in people's minds"

We are happy to invite you to the network seminar with Massimo Stella, Complex Science Consulting, Via Amilcare Foscarini 2, 73100 Lecce, Italy

Title Cognitive network science as a proxy for accessing key ideas and emotions in people's minds

Abstract This talk focuses on recent applications of network science to the quantification of cognitive patterns about people's perceptions. The recent field of cognitive network science, at the intersection between computer science, psycholinguistics and complex systems, provides novel tools for reconstructing how people frame and perceive events by means of conceptual associations, sentiment analysis and emotional profiling. Different case studies will be investigated, such as: (i) identifying subjective perceptions of STEM subjects in students and researchers, (ii) reconstructing the emotional profiles of social discourse around the gender gap in science and (iii) the identification of emotional patterns over time within the social discourse of COVID-19. Research gaps and potential bridges with natural language processing and AI will be highlighted, as well as theoretical motivations brought up by the current literature in cognitive science. Cognitive networks provide a transparent access to knowledge structure and its perceptions, opening the way to important future applications for policy making, interpretable AIs and social good.

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Saturday, November 7, 2020
2:00 PM
"Remix ta thèse" Workshop open to everyone on Nov. 7th - POSTPONED

Due to the reconfinement, this event is postponed. We'll let you know as soon as possible when it is rescheduled. Thank you for your interest and see you soon!

The Open Law Fund and its partners, HackYourResearch, Où sont les dragons and Open Law, are organizing on november 7th a workshop open to everyone. This event is proposed as part of Remix ta thèse, an experimentation aiming at reappropriating the work of the doctoral students in law.

The event, at the crossroads of research and design, aims to answer the question « Why open your research (thesis, dissertation...), and how to foster the reappropriation of your research by others ?».

The first workshop will be a design fiction based on a Legal history thesis : Transmissions of legal knowledge during the Roman Empire (27 B.C – 565 A.C), by Ralph Évêque


In a not-so-distant future, as the educational system is affected by deep changes, two teams confront their views on modern and traditional vision of teaching. For more information and news on the event, go to the page Remix ta thèse ! Workshops in French only...

Come along (no background in law needed)!

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Monday, November 9, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Ignacio Atal

Teachers as Researchers: a citizen-science framework for the educational sciences

Teachers are in the front line to reach the objective of high quality education for all. Unfortunately, there is a high variability in teachers’ capacity to leverage students’ learning, and it is difficult to know what makes a good teacher. On the one hand, a promising way suggested by research for teachers' professional development is to support reflection about teaching to locally (re)discover "best practices". On the other hand, identifying general “best practices” through academic research has proven to be unfruitful because the transferability of results to practice is highly challenging. The Teachers as Researchers team aims at: 1) helping teachers build knowledge following scientific methods, to produce context-relevant evidence regarding teaching practices and 2) facilitating its use by other teachers in order to improve teaching practices. We are developing a community of engaged teachers working together during workshops following a unique framework for teachers' scientific collaboration. During workshops, teachers do a series of activities in which they: 1) identify the common challenges they face, 2) the actions they could put in place to address those challenges, 3) prepare to implement those actions, 4) report and analyse data collected following action implementation, and 5) synthesise the evidence to identify common “best practices” across contexts. The Teachers as Researchers community may have a double impact we intend to explore. First, community members may improve their teaching practices as they participate in such a collaborative research enterprise. Second, the nature of evidence produced by the community may prove easier to be taken into account by teachers than academic research, therefore improving other teachers' practices.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
2:00 PM
Visite du centre de tri des déchêts - Visit the sorting facilities

English below

La société Cèdre est une entreprise sociale et solidaire en charge de nos collecter et valoriser nos déchêts. Nous vous proposons de visiter leur centre de tri afin de mieux comprendre l'importance du tri sélectif.

Vous aurez l'occasion de découvrir leur organisation et la logistique mise en oeuvre pour valoriser au mieux ces ressources, notamment :

Le tri du papier et des contenants boissons Les normes environnementales en vigueur La tracabiltié des déchêts Les bénéfices environnementaux L'accompagnement social des personnes en situation de handicap

The company Cèdre is a social and solidarity enterprise in charge of collection and recovery of our waste. We invite you to visit their sorting center to better understand the importance of selective sorting.

You will have the opportunity to discover their organization and the logistics implemented to make the best use of these resources, in particular:

Sorting paper and beverage containers Environmental standards in force The traceability of waste Environmental benefits Social support for people with disabilities
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Friday, November 20, 2020
10:00 AM


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Friday, November 20, 2020
6:00 PM
Festival des idées Paris

Lancé en 2016, le Festival des idées Paris a proposé plus de 200 événements et invité plus de 350 intervenants dans des lieux chaleureux, prestigieux ou atypiques.

Gratuit et ouvert à tous les publics, le Festival des idées Paris est un événement co-organisé par Université de Paris, l’Université Sorbonne Paris Nord, l’ENSA Paris-Val-de-Seine, la FMSH, l’Inalco, l’Ined, l’IPGP et Sciences Po – membres de l’Alliance Sorbonne Paris Cité.

Pour sa 5e édition retransmise en ligne, le Festival des idées Paris prépare une programmation autour des "nouvelles normalités", dans le sillage de la crise sanitaire et économique que nous traversons. Les crises changent-elles le monde ? Le CRI, lieu de prospérité de l’interdisciplinarité propose deux sessions en format remote via Youtube Live:

Vendredi 20 novembre de 18h à 20h : une table ronde : « Will Kids be OK ? » Comment associer nos enfants à la construction du monde de demain ?

Samedi 21 novembre de 14h à 16h: une table ronde : Éduquer à l’ère de l’anthropocène

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Monday, November 23, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Bastian Greshake-Tzovaras

Scaling up co-creation processes in citizen science While citizen science projects are typically launched under the leadership of academic researchers, there is an increasing focus on co-creation processes in which citizen science projects are led by individuals or communities outside traditional academic research circles. A particularly interesting case of this is the domain of personal science – in which individuals use design experiments and empirical methods to answer questions around their own lives.

The Peer-Produced Knowledge Lab is investigating how technology and design-ideas coming from commons-based peer production can help those communities in scaling up their personal science efforts and impact, to grow from the individual experimenter to more resilient community-driven projects. As part of this the team will showcase three ongoing studies:

Exploring personal science communities of practice: What motivates personal scientists, how and what do they learn and how do they collaborate as peers? A first qualitative approach (Enric Senabre & Morgane Opoix) Which ideas and practices hide behind the term 'peer production' and to what extent are they applied in citizen science today? (Katharina Kloppenborg) Transbiome: Participant-driven research to address knowledge gaps faced by underprivileged communities (Clara Lehenaff)

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Monday, December 7, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Remy Kusters

Deep learning driven model discovery in biology and physics

In this talk I will introduce DeepMoD, a deep learning based model discovery algorithm which seeks the partial differential equation underlying a spatio-temporal data set. DeepMoD employs sparse regression on a library of basis functions and their corresponding spatial derivatives. A feed-forward neural network approximates the data set and automatic differentiation is used to construct this function library and perform regression within the neural network.We illustrate this approach on several problems in the context of (bio)physics, mechanics and fluid dynamics, such as the Burgers', Korteweg-de Vries, advection-diffusion and Keller-Segel equations, and find that it requires as few as O(100) samples and works at noise levels up to 75%. This resilience to noise and high performance at very few samples allows to apply DeepMoD directly to noisy experimental time-series data, discovering e.g. the advection diffusion equation from a gel electrophoresis experiment.

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Monday, December 14, 2020
11:30 AM
CRI Research Seminar: Raúl Velasco-Fernández

Depoliticizing and repoliticizing SDGs

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become an important political reference for all types of institutions as public administration, multinationals or NGOs. The advocates of SDGs emphasize that they are the result of a deliberative and decision-making process building on expert knowledge and considering a plurality of moral arguments about human dignity, achieving a discursive consensus with strong universalist legitimacy. However, they have been accused to be a political instrument for imposing “green-economy” under a neoliberal agenda (e.g. fostering land-grabbing), ignoring that sustainability requires the reduction of consumption of the richest and redistribution, and not just a change in the so-called Knowledge-based Bio-Economy. In this seminar, we will discuss: (i) how ignoring the systemic contradictions among SDGs when implementing specific policies contribute to the growing distrust in institutions; (ii) how depoliticising for maintaining consensus is a bad solution to handle conflicts derived from SDGs agenda; (iii) the fact that the identification of the concerns addressed by SDGs has been based on deliberative processes, does not exclude that at the moment of prioritizing policies a hegemonic perspective of perpetual economic growth is adopted; (iv) the implementation of SDGs policies would require not only a deliberative process identifying priorities over concerns but also the recognition of their conflictive nature. Therefore, this process should leave the door open to a continuous re-adjustment of both the list of concerns and the priorities over them. In conclusion, the quality check over SDGs policies should be used to repoliticise their discussion.

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