One major objective of CENTURI is to involve engineers in the experimental and conceptual challenges of systems biology, while developing industrial partnerships. CENTURI hopes to fill the gap between a proof-of principle, built on a bench and a first prototype useful for life science researchers and engineers, and subsequent licensing to companies. This gap is difficult to fill because it requires engineering expertise in integration that is not found in academic labs. This objective resulted in the creation of CENTURI multi-engineering platform, as well as events and programs dedicated to engineering students.
Multi-engineering and Tech Transfer platform
Advances in biology strongly rely on technological developments and it is therefore essential to remain at the forefront of technological innovation. CENTURI research institutes already benefit from state-of-the-art core facilities in imaging and information technology. CENTURI multi-engineering platform has been created to provide additional expertise in bioinformatics, image processing, optics, mechatronics and software development. Our engineers are here to help and advise the CENTURI community in their daily research questions and/or participate in longer term projects. By organizing events and connecting different CENTURI labs, the platform hopes to build a strong cooperative spirit and facilitate the dissemination of information between the teams and the platform. Moreover, the platform develops cutting-edge experimental set-ups and transfers technologies to the scientific community and to companies.
CENTURI wished to draw the interest of students and graduates from engineering background, including the French Grandes Ecoles, to the experimental and conceptual challenges of systems biology. Every year, CENTURI is organizing an interdisciplinary Summer School which is coupled with an internship program.
CENTURI Summer School
The CENTURI Summer School provides an original learning experience exploring the main challenges in systems biology with interdisciplinary questioning - an opportunity to interact with expert scientists.
CENTURI internship programme
The Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI) offers 3 to 6 months internships in research laboratories to highly motivated engineering students. CENTURI internship program is the opportunity for students to apply their skills in maths, physics and computer science to biological questions. The internships are funded and coupled with the CENTURI Summer School (June 3 – 12, 2019). Students can also apply to the summer school only.