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Francois Grey

Head of Citizen Science fg714@nyu.edu 646-997-0505

Francois Grey was appointed Head of Citizen Science at CUSP in 2013. Since 2012, he has been teaching citizen science at New York University as a visiting professor in the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Francois is a physicist by training, with a background in nanotechnology and a passion for citizen science. He spent six years at CERN, managing IT communications. In 2004, he initiated and managed the launch of an online citizen science project called LHC@home. This led to another project called Africa@home, launched in 2005, in collaboration with several academic institutions, NGOs and United Nations agencies.

Francois was based in Beijing since 2008, where he was professor of distributed scientific computing at Tsinghua University. He has also been a visiting Senior International Expert with the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He initiated online citizen science in China and more widely in South-East Asia, through an initiative called Asia@home and a project called CAS@home. In 2009, he helped establish a Citizen Cyberscience Centre in Geneva, which is a partnership between CERN, the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the University of Geneva. He was a Fellow of the Shuttleworth Foundation in 2010-11, for his work on establishing this new centre, which he continues to coordinate.


Grey, F. (2013). “Making and Learning in China” in Cultures of Creativity, the LEGO Foundation, 84-87.