Host Organizations

Tsinghua University and Open FIESTA   

As the most leading Universities of China, Tsinghua University is playing crucial role in nurturing talented students, promoting advanced scientific research and technical innovation. The university has produced more than 100,000 graduates, many of whom have become distinguished scholars and leaders in all walks of life. In recent years Tsinghua is emphasizing on exploring future models of higher education so that to meet the fast growing challenges of the world. As one of the pioneering effort of Tsinghua University, Open FIESTA (the Faculty for Innovation, Education, Science, Technology and Art) is an international initiative aiming at building a global open network to collectively develop future pedagogy and technology to catalyze interdisciplinary learning and innovation, to redefine the format and mechanism of future University at local and global level, and eventually to cultivate next generation global change makers and to meet the ever fast growing challenges of the world. 

The Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires – CRI) Located in the heart of Paris, the CRI hosts friendly exchanges at the crossroads of life sciences and exact, natural, cognitive, and social sciences.  Today, the CRI offers three degree programs integrated in the Bettencourt curriculum: an undergraduate program, a masters program(Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Sciences,  and a doctoral program (Frontiers of Life). The CRI’s dedicated facilities host visiting professors, a variety of courses, and many student clubs.  The CRI’s main role is to promote new educational techniques and strategies to empower the students to take initiative and develop their own research projects. Mentors, research institutions, private companies, and foundations, such as the Bettencourt Foundation, provide the support for the student-created research projects and activities.


Institute Pasteur

Founded in 1887 and based in France, the Institut Pasteur is an international research institute of excellence  with a mission to advance science, medicine and public health. The Institut Pasteur is a private, non-profit foundation with four core missions of public interest – Research, Education, public health, and Valorisation of scientific research via technology transfer and industrial partnerships.
The Institut Pasteur’s scientific strategy is built on strong support for outstanding basic research that is primarily curiosity driven. Institut Pasteur scientists aim to speed up our understanding of various physiological and pathological processes and to develop new strategies for diagnosing, preventing and treating disease. 2014 saw the creation of 4 inter-disciplinary research centers – the Center for Biomedical and Translational ScienceCenter for Innovation and Technological ResearchCenter for Global Health Research and Education, and Center for Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Integrative Biology – which will all help to stimulate further collaborations and synergy between initiatives within the campus and international network.

Sage Bionetworks  

Over the next decade, ever-expanding data will transform biomedical research approaches and feed healthcare discoveries through the use of computational models to predict outcome, and responses to treatment.  At Sage Bionetworks we believe that this advance will be best harnessed when individuals and groups can collaborate openly on discoveries, with a fundamental shift in the traditional roles and rewards for individuals and organizations involved.

We work to redefine how complex biological data is gathered, shared and used, redefining it through open systems, incentives, and norms. We challenge the traditional roles of individuals and groups, patients and researchers. Our work includes the building of platforms and services and undertaking research developing predictors relating to health. We collaborate with a network of partners and individuals, to redefine the way biomedical research results in better health.