Each AIRE-LiSc year class brings it’s novel mix of biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers. This diversity in academic paths is an exceptional opportunity for students to discover the power and efficiency of collaborative and mutual teaching and learning.

We encourage creativity, original projects and ideas. So, students are urged to interact with the teaching staff, with the other students, to participate to extra curriculum activities such as the CRI scientific clubs. Students can also organize events, create or participate to scientific clubs, invite researchers to attend to the Friday sessions or give a talk, etc… Being involved, sharing your knowledge and expertise is the best way of spending a very fruitful year with us.

  • First year of the AIV Master (M1)

    The first semester starts with a 3 week-long bootcamp that gives a condensed overview of the biology, chemistry, math and physics that students will see during the semester. Since students all come from different scientific backgrounds we try to give a feeling of the subjects that will emerge during the semester, and to give an intuition on which subjects the students should start working on their own. Typically, a student with physics background needs to work on fundamental biological concepts such as central dogma, evolution, DNA, methods in biology, while a biologist usually needs to focus more on the mathematical and physical concepts that are used in quantitative description of living systems.

    After this bootcamp, several core courses will take place on weekly basis. Students will learn the theoretical and practical concepts that are required to perform scientific research at the frontiers between biology, math and physics.

    In the second semester, students will start their internship in a lab of their choice. They will still come back to CRI on Fridays for weekly courses, to complete their curriculum. Here below are the courses of the Life Science track of the AIRE Master.


    Scientific Communication
    Science and Medicine
    Rule-based modelling

    As an alternative to this long internship, students can apply to the iGEM Paris Bettencourt Team. Every year a small group of students from AIRE and other Masters programs around Paris gather their strengths and are hosted by the CRI to setup an iGEM project and participate to this competition of synthetic biology. This usually starts by brainstorming sessions and project building and does not require a full time involvement before may or June.

    Meanwhile we expect that participants find an internship of typically 3 to 4 month before joining the iGEM Team. Note that since the iGEM competition finale takes place in late October or November, the participants will have to organize themselves to stay in the team up to that date. For the students continuing with us in the second year of the Master, this means that the first lab rotation of M2 will be dedicated to finishing the iGEM team project.

    At the end of the Master 1, and given that you have passed all exams, we will discuss with you the opportunity for you to continue with us in M2. Usually all students that want to stay with us, can do so. However, if for some reason you prefer to switch to another Master program that is more specialized and focused on your favorite research topic, we’ll help you to make the transition.

  • Second year of the AIV master (M2)

    During the 2nd year, students deepen their knowledge of life sciences, develop their ability to critically analyze scientific works and discover the Research world.

    The year is designed to help the students find their way into the research realm. Students can follow to the second year from the master’s first year program or apply directly, having fulfilled previously an equivalent of 4 years post-high school education, including at least one internship in a research settings.

    All along the year, M2 students will refine and amplify their research portfolio by performing at least two internships, of four to five months each. At least one internship has to be experimental and at least one has to be theoretical. Students will have the opportunity to learn research by doing research in labs, to meet with many researchers and to discuss recent interdisciplinary research articles and reviews. We allow and encourage students to look for internship abroad, starting April.

    At the end of the year, most of the students will apply to a PhD program, in France or abroad. One of our role as teachers is to make sure that all of the students know by the end of the M2 what scientific questions they would wish to work on during the 3-4 years of their future PhD and assure that the students have acquired the needed basis to tackle them. The courses of the second year (which students attend on Fridays at CRI) are designed to tackle this goal.

    Courses M2