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Leadership Program 2015

April 13th – 18th 2015,
 Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, Paris

The Centre for Research & Interdisciplinary (CRI) is glad to announce that the second edition of its leadership program on « Teaching Through Research » will be held between the 13th and the 16th of April at the CRI, in the heart of the historical Marais district in Paris, France. It will be followed by  the 2015 Paris Assembly:Connecting Open Research, Open Education and Open Social Impact, hosted at the Institut Pasteur in Paris organised with Sage Bionetworks, the 3 following days (April 16-18).


The main role of the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity is to promote new educational techniques based on digital tools, self-empowerement, interdisciplinarity, collaborative thinking and the open culture to empower teachers and students to take initiative and develop their own Life Sciences research projects.

The Leadership Program on “Teaching Through Research” has been created under the auspices of our UNESCO Chair on “Learning Sciences” to help young Pi’s and researchers in Life Sciences to develop and implement innovative educational projects.

It is based on the recognition that 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).

Such a preparation is even more important that 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.

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, crowd-sourcing and DIY technologies etc.

By enrolling to the leadership program, you will be exposed to cutting-edge educational practices and tools to ensure full complementarity between teaching and research.


This initiative aims at helping a selected cohort of 15 international young researchers teachers (post-doc/young principal investigators) to develop and implement their change-making and innovative project at the interface between research and education, with focus on concrete implementation, skill development and community building of change-makers.

The participants will extend the range of their skills by engaging with their peers and they will  have the unique opportunity to benefit from the experience and advice of world leaders with proven track record of developing innovative ways of ‘Learning and Teaching Through Research’.

They 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. (see the list of mentors here)

By the end of the program, the participants should have gathered the necessary tools to implement their project at their home establishment.

Capture d’écran 2014-12-10 à 15.19.55“Basically, what we are trying to put together here is a bunch of young researchers that are interested, fascinated in research and education. Our aim is to bridge research and education and explore how we can try to harness research and teach differently to better engage the young generations” .
Ariel Lindner, CRI co-director and Leadership Program organizer.


The program consists of:

– 4 intensive days of workshop (April 13-16th), meet-ups and individual mentorship at the CRI, in the heart of the historical Marais district in Paris, France.

– A participation in the 2015 Paris Assembly: Connecting Open Research, Open Education and Open Social Impact, hosted at the Institut Pasteur in Paris organised with Sage Bionetworks, the 3 following days (April 16-18).

The cycle will then continue in further encounters during the year 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.

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 postdocs aiming at such positions can apply.

University leaders and faculties are strongly encouraged to nominate up to 2 candidates: please write to leadershipprogram@cri-paris.org

Application deadline: Monday, 1st. March


The workshop is partially funded by the French ministry grant for innovating education, allowing for a limited number of fellowships. If you aim for a fellowship – mention it in the application.

Some inexpensive University housing will be available to a few participants.