Meet-U: Educating through research immersion

TitleMeet-U: Educating through research immersion
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAbdollahi N, Albani A, Anthony E, Baud A, Cardon M, Clerc R, Czernecki D, Conte R, David L, Delaune A, Djerroud S, Fourgoux P, Guiglielmoni N, Laurentie J, Lehmann N, Lochard C, Montagne R, Myrodia V, Opuu V, Parey E, Polit L, Privé S, Quignot C, Ruiz-Cuevas M, Sissoko M, Sompairac N, Vallerix A, Verrecchia V, Delarue M, Guérois R, Ponty Y, Sacquin-Mora S, Carbone A, Froidevaux C, Le Crom S, Lespinet O, Weigt M, Abboud S, Bernardes J, Bouvier G, Dequeker C, Ferré A, Fuchs P, Lelandais G, Poulain P, Richard H, Schweke H, Laine E, Lopes A
JournalPLOS Computational Biology
Date Published03

We present a new educational initiative called Meet-U that aims to train students for collaborative work in computational biology and to bridge the gap between education and research. Meet-U mimics the setup of collaborative research projects and takes advantage of the most popular tools for collaborative work and of cloud computing. Students are grouped in teams of 4–5 people and have to realize a project from A to Z that answers a challenging question in biology. Meet-U promotes "coopetition," as the students collaborate within and across the teams and are also in competition with each other to develop the best final product. Meet-U fosters interactions between different actors of education and research through the organization of a meeting day, open to everyone, where the students present their work to a jury of researchers and jury members give research seminars. This very unique combination of education and research is strongly motivating for the students and provides a formidable opportunity for a scientific community to unite and increase its visibility. We report on our experience with Meet-U in two French universities with master’s students in bioinformatics and modeling, with protein–protein docking as the subject of the course. Meet-U is easy to implement and can be straightforwardly transferred to other fields and/or universities. All the information and data are available at

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