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Leadership Program 2014

CRI Workshop on Teaching Through Research

March 23rd -2nd April 2014,
Centre for research and Interdisciplinarity, Paris

The Centre for Research & Interdisciplinary (CRI) is glad to announce that as part of the creation of a UNESCO Chair on “Learning Sciences”, it will organise a Workshop on “Teaching Through Research”, which be held in the heart of the historical Marais district in Paris, France, from March 23rd to April 2nd. Actual session will start 24th 09:30, ending in the evening of April 1st.

Who can apply ? Researchers engaged in teaching with experience up to 10 years after their PhD and/or holding a PI position (tenure track/associate professorship) or senior post-docs aiming at such positions can apply. In parallel, University leaders and faculties are strongly encouraged to nominate up to 2 candidates.

Aim of the workshop

Our Leadership Program Workshop aims at shedding a light on the complementarity between teaching and research and helping teachers to extend the range of their skills by engaging with their peers who, like themselves, work at the frontiers of education and research.

This innovative and interactive workshop will offer top young academic teacher and researchers the unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and advice of world leaders with proven track record of developing innovativc ways of ‘Learning and Teaching Through Research’.

With their support, the selected cohort will be part of a hands-on effort in designing their own curriculum and courses, gaining and developing state-of-the-art approaches, tools, methodologies and sharing best practices through collaborative exchanges with experts and peers during the workshop. All participants are encouraged to bring, share and develop their approach and thoughts.

The cycle will continue in further encounters following a year’s practice at the home establishment for evaluation, exchanges of best-practice and networking with the next cohort of participants. A peer-reviewing effort will be put in place where geographically-related participants will carry out cross-visits for feedback and support.


The role of universities for both spreading and acquiring knowledge is transforming in an ever-growing pace and is being revolutionized by open access to resources, online courses, the capacity to apply research beyond the walls of well-equipped laboratories through crowd-sourcing and DIY technologies.

Discovery games propagate and transform both research and teaching at once.In parallel, academics are more and more confronted to the tension between their role as a  teacher and as a researcher, between their eagerness to advance their career by performing excellent research and their pedagogic responsibilities. While early education has prepared young researchers (PhD, post-doc) for a path as principal investigators, there is no high-quality preparation available for their teaching role (often covering 50% of their professional activities).

Moreover, the notion of following the footsteps of a role-model teacher from past experience is obsolete, not only because teaching is very much personality-dependent but because the teaching world is changing rapidly.

Participation Fees

The workshop is free but travel and accommodation must be covered by the participants or their organization.

The workshop is partially funded by the French ministry grant for innovating education, allowing for a limited number of fellowships.

Some inexpensive University housing will be available.