Challenge Hub - Student's project Hub

The Graduate School EURIP offers students a space that invites them to deploy their projects and focus on their social impact while developing their scientific training. It is the Students project Hub - Challenge Hub.

By project, the pedagogy of the Learning Planet Institute intends to capture different facets:

Goal and vision: The general goal of the student, includes the master's degree in a vision of his medium-term future (define his project)

Community, trust and collaboration: A cooperative situation that gives autonomy and responsibility, and allows for the expression of daring and creativity in order to develop the power to act personally and collectively (project spirit)

Prototyping, learning by doing and agility: The experience of making and learning by doing, training in the representation of a concept in a physical model, and the culture of prototyping, to test a process, simplify a technique, replicate it and share it (think by doing it)

Curiosity and collective intelligence: A commitment of students, individual and collective, in the exploration and research dynamic of the Learning Planet Institute and its ecosystem, with a perspective of social and scientific innovation (response to the challenges SDG, Learning Planet, prospective, power to act)

Practice and skills: A range of practical activities/exercises and attitudes which translates a dynamic of engagement and allows the student to catalyze their knowledge and know-how into achievement (project pedagogy)

How to apply to the HUB?

Place in the curriculum

The project is mentioned in the plan of studies as an alternative to an internship.

Students interested in Challenge Hub must apply before the official start of the courses of the corresponding semester. If their project is accepted in the Hub, they will sign a specific learning agreement fixing the objectives of the semester, deadlines and deliverables.

How did it work in 2020-2021?

First semester:

During the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021, 10 applications from Master 2 students were submitted, 7 projects were accepted and 3 were pursued until the end. Only were accepted applications from students registered in M2 who already did their M1 at the Learning Planet Institute.

Selected students registered in M1 were admissible on the principle that their learning path doesn't belong exclusively to any of the three tracks (Life/Learning/Digital Sciences).

Second semester:

All students registered in M1 and M2 were eligible to present a project. During the second semester of the academic year 2020-2021, 13 applications were submitted from Master 1 and Master 2 students, 10 projects were accepted and 9 were pursued until the end. Here the application form used

How many places are available for full time projects in 2021-2022?

Taking into account the experience of the first year, Challenge Hub will only host projects during the second semester of the academic year 2021-2022. There is a capacity up to 15 projects to be hosted.


Call to projects opens the 16th December 2021 (including in the submission: Intention, motivation and goals, community of interest, sponsor, self-assesment of skills and analysis of needs and additional knowledge and skills, calendar of project management).

Deadline for submission Semester 2:

  • Master 1: 16th January 2022 23h59 Paris Time
  • Master 2: 16th January 2022 23h59 Paris Time

Answer from Evaluation committee

  • Round 1: 26th January 2022
  • Round 2: 4th February 2022

Terms and Conditions

One mentor is assigned to every student hosted in Challenge Hub for the follow up of the project, while each student must find a scientific advisor that can dedicate 15-30mins per week to answer technical questions.

Mandatory actions:

  • Take a” Learning by doing” class (taking the workshops of the Makerlab, courses/activities using Wet Lab, or become a member of a local innovation community, for the students abroad)
  • Take a class at the Learning Planet Institute or MOOC giving competencies in methodology: Personal Project management, Method for challenges (SDG field), Citizen sciences etc
  • Attend daily and weekly meetings + Demo Days
  • M1 & M2 follow a workshop focused on "Skills and data"
  • M2 Follow CARA, BiBsyn Scientific bibliography, Research Project
  • M1 Follow pré-CARA
  • Fill every week Activity log and projects (on CRI Projects) and self-assessment of the skills progress


  • Each week : Daily stand up meetings(15mins),Weekly meeting with scientific advisor(15-30mins) and weekly meetings with group and mentor(1h)
  • Each 2 weeks : participation in the Demo Day and P2P session


  • M2 : submission of a prototype, a publication, PhD application, documentation of the project , (Github or other),abstracts and keywords, etc
  • M1 : submission of a prototype
  • Presentation on Challenge Hub Day in June
Call for projects

Apply to develop a science based personal project

The hub seeks to host students with concrete projects that are science based and/or science for good(SDG). Students will develop their project in the Learning Planet Institute campus.

The project is completely made by the student, we do not provide funding to pay external consultants, developers or buy expensive equipment.

We particularly call for students with the following projects :

  • Build a personal research project
  • Prepare research based series of publications
  • Creating a PhD proposal
  • Creating a science based entrepreneurial initiative for GOOD
  • A science based interdisciplinary project that CANNOT be hosted at a company/startup/NGO/research lab
  • A completely interdisciplinary personal learning path that require a learning by doing approach and don't belong to any of the three tracks (Life/Learning/Digital Sciences)
  • Collective challenges similar to IGEM

Application form will be receiving submissions until the 16th January at 23h59 Paris Time


Sophie Pène , Founder of Challenge Hub, former Director of Master AIRE

Liliana Baquero, Cofounder of Challenge Hub, Scientific coordinator Digital Sciences track

Evaluation committee: Selected group of scientific experts involved in the development of the master program, including researchers, teachers and CRI (former Learning Planet Institute) Alumni

Mentors: CRI (former Learning Planet Institute) Alumni, teachers and researchers