Ten « Convergence Institutes » (collaborative institutes) exist in France. They were created in 2016 and 2017 on behalf of an international jury leading the 2nd Programme des Investissements d’avenir.
What is their goal ? To gather research work, bringing together about 400 researchers from various institutions in order to combine disciplines and create an original training program. The French Collaborative Institute on Migration (CI Migration) is the only program that associates social sciences, human sciences and health sciences.
It is composed of 5 departments plus 1 department for the curricular. The CI Migration organizes common research activities (seminars, scientific events, publishing…) and finances merging research projects as well as young researcher’s work. A new Master’s degree program will open in September 2020, it will combine human sciences, social sciences and life sciences.
The main goal of the Institute is to encourage a dialogue between science and society with two main actions : to analyze news events through its online magazine De facto and to establish a partnership with local officials (teachers, associations, health care practitioners, social services…).