"Sciences de l'apprendre"

Learning Sciences

The UNESCO Chair “Sciences de l’apprendre” (Learning Sciences)

François Taddei, founder and president of the Learning Planet Institute, has been UNESCO Chair in Learning Sciences (“Sciences de l’apprendre”) since 2014.

Partnered with the Learning Planet Institute and Université Paris Cité, the Chair combines research, pedagogy and technology to support teachers, researchers and all of those involved on the ground in building a learning society for a more sustainable future. Our engagement is based on the conviction that youth, lifelong learning and collective intelligence are the best levers for positive change in our societies.

The UNESCO Chair in Learning Sciences was renewed in 2018 and 2022. For 2022-2026, the Chair’s programme will focus on three major areas:

In the era of collective intelligence, systemic transitions and sustainability, we work towards fostering a learning society through research on the evolution of learning and collective decision-making. What we do: 

1 - R&D

LPI MakerLab ©Antonin Weber Hans Lucas The Learning Sciences UNESCO Chair

To co-create a learning society to meet the challenges of our time by increasing the number of learners and teachers benefiting from innovative educational content and methods. To be identified as a major player in the field of Education, Research and Youth. Our goal is to co-create a learning society that can meet the challenges of our time by increasing access to innovative educational content and methods for both learners and teachers. We aspire to become a major player in the fields of education, learning sciences and youth by:

  • Continually striving to strengthen the focus of fundamental and applied research at the École Universitaire de Recherche Interdisciplinaire de Paris (EURIP Graduate School) to provide Master’s and Doctoral students with the scientific knowledge and transversal skills they need to become excellent multi-skilled entrepreneurs and researchers. These skills include communication, ethics, critical thinking, creativity, and entrepreneurship, all of which are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Engaging the Institut des Défis at the intersection of Université Paris Cité, the City of Paris and its citizens. By doing so, we aim to create opportunities for researchers and citizens to connect and collaborate, thereby promoting the exchange of knowledge and ideas
  • Creating lifelong training courses dedicated to “game-changing” in order to encourage interdisciplinary, international and intergenerational learning experiences (eg. Drivers for Change Summer School)
  • Prototyping leading reference training programmes for scientific and social entrepreneurs of all ages 

Our international mission is to continue leading the global community of practice dedicated to transforming education and co-constructing a learning society. We aim to facilitate the creation of projects that teach individuals to care for themselves, others, and the planet by:

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