The CIVIS Open Labs

Anchored in the heart of their territory, the CIVIS Open Labs are incubators for citizen-oriented projects. By initiating dialogue with local stakeholders, these workspaces enable the joint exploration and development of solutions to local and regional challenges.

Open Labs: spaces open to society

Designed as open and collaborative spaces, the mission of the CIVIS Open Labs is to create a meeting space where the university and society exchange andco-construct projects from a multidisciplinary approach and develop innovative and inclusive initiatives for high-impact solutions.

9 universities, 9 cities, 9 Open Labs, launched by the end of 2021!

The CIVIS Open Labs take advantage of the unique composition of the alliance, which includes 9 universities from 9 major cities, including 6 European capitals. The ambition of the scheme is to work in collaboration with local partners, encouraging initiatives that:

  • Respond to societal challenges and sustainable development objectives
  • Encourage the involvement and participation of citizens in finding solutions to local problems
  • Promote civic values such as inclusion, solidarity and equality
  • Promote service learning through initiatives that link academic content with practical experience.

The AMU Open Lab

Faced with the societal challenges facing France's second largest city, and the emergence of a transitional ecosystem of actors, Aix-Marseille Université is legitimizing the driving role of the university in the territory by launching its CIVIS Open Lab in the presence of nearly 60 actors from the territory.

The AMU Open Lab CIVIS has emerged as a space for reflection and production between the university community and the socio-economic world, which acts for the territory of tomorrow.

From local to global

The Aix-Marseille Université Open Lab CIVIS acts as a network. It offers a wide range of local opportunities from a network of actors The European opening of CIVIS allows the AMU Open Lab to support the implementation of local ideas that aim to address the global societal challenges facing humanity. It is also a pathway to participation in international or European programs such as Erasmus+, HORIZON 2020 or RIS3, etc.

The AMU Open Lab continues its local development with the launch of its second call for projects.

This second call for projects is open to research professors, students and staff of Aix Marseille Université and local actors in the Aix Marseille area. The projects supported will benefit from assistance in setting up projects and innovation, international visibility and possible "CIVIS" certification.

Join us!

Joining the CIVIS Open Lab of Aix-Marseille Université means joining a multidisciplinary team, with expertise in entrepreneurship, academia, associations and service learning.
It also means joining an initial dynamic infused by 4 high-impact projects selected following the 1st AAP this summer:

How to respond to the challenges facing youth:

  • Vénères & Solidaires, led by Citizens Campus, 4 associations and 1 institutional partner involved
    Objective: Bring together and train 400 young people in 1 year around collective intelligence workshops via an expression platform created for and by young people on Discord.
  • Get lit, led by Eurasia net,10 associations, 3 university components of AMU, and 3 institutional partners involved
    Objective: to open up spaces for innovative cooperation between civil society and higher education to enable students to have the soft skills they have acquired during their academic careers recognised.

How to build together the city of tomorrow ?

  • Smart & Civic Port, led by Accélérateur M, 2 associations, 8 private groups, and 3 institutional partners involved
    Objective: To associate citizens in the implementation of innovative solutions in a Think/Do Tank to transform the Grand Port Maritime de Marseille.
  • Interstice, led by Nos Quartiers Demain, 6 associations and 1 AMU component involved
    Objective: To validate an intuition on the value of collective intelligence through a toolbox of urban democracy for the actors of a territory.
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