The “Instituts Convergences” aim to structure multidisciplinary sites to address ambitious scientific, societal and economic challenges: http://www.agence-nationale-recherche.fr/institutsconvergences.
For the first call, 36 projects were reviewed by an international jury. Only 5 projects rated A + by the jury were selected, among which the project CenTuri (Turing Centre for Living Systems) directed by Thomas Lecuit (Tissue Architecture and Plasticity team) and carried by Aix-Marseille Université (AMU), in partnership with CNRS and INSERM.
The project will pursue the objectives of the LabEx INFORM: developing an integrated interdisciplinary community to decipher the complexity of biological systems through the understanding of how biological function emerges from the organization and dynamics of living systems.
This project will bring together 15 partner institutes, 48 research groups in the Luminy Campus, in biology, physics, computer sciences and mathematics, as well as many technological platforms. Partners outside Luminy will also join the project, bringing new technical expertise. CenTuri will recruit researchers, engineers, PhD students, post-docs over 10 years with an estimated budget of € 20 million co-funded by the Plan d’Investissement d’Avenir (PIA) and Fondation A*MIDEX. The project will support the creation of a Graduate School including Masters and PhD in biology, physics and bioinformatics with interdisciplinary links.
The research and training programs implemented under the project CenTuri will attract new talents and will give the Luminy campus international visibility in the area of interdisciplinary studies of biological systems.