Night Science – Learning through research workshop 13-15 July 2012

Night Science – Learning through research workshop 13-15 July 2012

By In News On July 9, 2012



The official launch of the Institute for Innovating Teaching through Research (‘IIFR’, see below ) project will be marked by an inaugural workshop, 13-15th of July 2012 in the presence of multiple stakeholders, internationally recognized for their contributions within their respective disciplines (science, social entrepreneurship…) as well as for their innovation in education. We particularly welcome Lee Hartwell, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine and now instigating an innovative teachers’ training program in the United States.

AFTER THE EVENT UPDATE : all The 2012 event was sponsored by Fleur Pellerin, French Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises, innovation and digital technologies.
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This gathering of exceptional individuals has two main objectives. First, it will allow the dissemination of best practices in terms of pedagogy and innovation in educationDuring the first two days we will be exposed to state of the art examples of open science blended with Learning through Research approaches.

The second objective is to develop future initiatives to emerge within the IIFR project, co-constructed between the IIFR team and the expert invitees. Thus, July 15th will be devoted to brainstorming in small groups, centered on the main themes of the IIFR project We expect that this intensive three-days workshop will serve as strong basis for the implementation of best practices and newly-born projects as a robust basis to achieve the main goal of the IIFR project: research-based training for students and teachers who will integrate science, new technologies and new pedagogies.




16:00 – Official Opening
17.00 – New perspectives on knowledge co-construction
Lee Hartwell, Stephen Friend, Nathalie Kuldell, François Taddei


8.30 – Gathering and Coffee
09.00 – Innovative science teaching
Melissa McCartney, Michael Springer, James Carey

10.10 – Promoting innovation
Paulo Blikstein, Aviv Bergman, Quanshui Zheng
11:10 – Coffee break

11.30 – Citizen Science
François Grey, Pedro Russo, Muki Haklay
12.40 – Quick talks for emerging innovations
Lior Noy, Kobi Kaminitz, Ulrich Steiner, Laurent Ricard

13:00 – Open Buffet
14:00 – Scientific games
Hilmi Quraishi, Jérôme Waldispuhl, Stefan Thurner
15.00 – Building Innovative tools for science & education
James Carlson, Lisha Sterling, Peng Yin
16.20 – Coffee break
16.45 – Empowering Communities
Linda Kamau, Henry Roman, Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay,
17.45 – Creative learning
Dale Stephens, Yogesh Kulkarni, Ariel Lindner, Philipp Schmidt
20.00 – Dinner at the CRI, room 2006

SUNDAY 15th JULY (Only for guests)
9.30 – Coffee & Gathering

10.00 – Presentation of the programs that will be developed in Paris @CRI
12.00 – Open Buffet
14.00 – Group session to design innovative projects
17.00 – Coffee break
17.30 – Feedback session and future perspectives


Presentation of the project “Innovative Institute of Formation through Research”

Open training for Learning Through Research: creating training programs and facilities for innovative education based on open science and research to facilitate the emergence of open innovation ecosystems.

The competitiveness of the world’s most attractive universities is due in large part to their ability to develop a culture of innovation at all levels and to provide research training to students as early as the undergraduate level. Learning through research provides a more complete experience that goes beyond the traditional scientific knowledge building, that Francois Jacob describes as Day Science, to include ‘night science’ – stimulation,emotion, involvement and tinkering with experiments and thoughts and exploration of the unknown.

Unfortunately, far too few people may have experienced this type of research, limited hitherto to a small number of well-equipped laboratories with experienced innovative research teams. These labs can accommodate students and trainees, but their capacity cannot meet a growing need for research training. Various initiatives have shown that it is now possible to promote alternative approaches to research through scientific experiments, low-cost research approaches of crowdsourcing, open innovations, citizen science or via scientific discoveries games.

As example. a game like Fold-it has allowed hundreds of thousands of players to participate actively in solving scientific challenges, resulting in better understanding of key biological processes as HIV viral propagation as depicted in key publications in journals as Nature and PNAS. These changes in practice can make the “Night Science” accessible to all. This may apply equally to university students, school children or general public without any state-of-the-art expensive training environment. Practices that pass through the web, particularly via a mobile phone, can enable all, especially the younger ones to learn while contributing to the progress of scientific endeavor.

To allow the research training of new generations, we will establish an innovative and interdisciplinary support and courses for teachers and researchers to use and create tools and devices that will implement these changes at large scale.