Our partners

   ERC - European Research Council

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence. The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020.

Being 'investigator-driven', or 'bottom-up', in nature, the ERC approach allows researchers to identify new opportunities and directions in any field of research, rather than being led by priorities set by politicians. This ensures that funds are channelled into new and promising areas of research with a greater degree of flexibility. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and confer status and visibility on the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad.

PuppetPlays (ERC-GA 835193) is a research programme led by Didier Plassard (Université Paul-Valéry 3, Montpellier, France). Recipient of the European Research Council 2018 “Advanced Grant” call for projects, PuppetPlays was launched in October 2019 for 5 years (until September 2024).


Huma-Num -TGIR of Social Sciences and Humanities

Supported by the CNRS (the French National Center for Scientific Research), Aix-Marseille University and the Campus Condorcet, Huma-Num is a French Very Large Research Infrastructure (“Très Grande Infrastructure de Recherche”, TGIR) with international reach devoted to Social Sciences and Humanities. It is part of the national ESFRI roadmap, which is in turn aligned with the European Union’s ESFRI framework. Indeed, Huma-Num is entrusted with France’s participation in two European Research Infrastructure Consortia (ERIC): DARIAH (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) and CLARIN (Common Language Resources and Technologies Infrastructure). It is also involved in European and international projects.

Huma-Num aims at supporting research communities by providing services, assessment and tools on digital research data. To perform its missions, the TGIR Huma-Num bases its activities on a innovative form of organization that combines human (collective consultation through Huma-Num’s consortia, which are groups of researchers and engineers, funded by Huma-Num, working on common areas of interest) and technological resources (sustainable digital services) on a national and European scale. 

Huma-Num will host the PuppetPlays platform on a virtual machine. Huma-Num also advices us on the maintenance and durability of the platform and helps on the data dissemination on its platform ISIDORE.


 Intactile DESIGN - Digital design

Created in 2000, Intactile DESIGN is a digital design agency, based in Montpellier (34), France.

The company method is based on the idea that the opening out and the blending of business cultures are potential participatory design sessions. Creativity is born of dialogue between the different stakeholders: the business expert, the engineer, the marketer, the designer and, of course, the user. For the user is obviously at the centre of the design process. Questioning should revolve around user context and user issues.

Intactile DESIGN works for various areas of activity: aeronautics, medical, cartography, semantic, research, Web & mobile, defense, debate & culture and consumer projects.

PuppetPlays team works closely with Intactile Design designers and engineers to create the most user-friendly platform as possible. Our partnership began in 2020 for 3 years. 


IdRef - Identifiers and Repository for higher education and research

IdRef is a web application developed and hosted by the Agence Bibliographique de l'Enseignement Supérieur (ABES). IdRef allows users and third-party applications to query, consult, create and enrich authority records.

An authority record can describe a subject, a person, a community, a family, a brand, a geographical name, the standard title of a work or a documentation centre. The authority record is therefore used to uniquely identify the author(s) and subject(s) of a catalogued item.

Authority records are used to :

  • assign the right documents to the right people (authors, editors, translators, etc.)
  • enrich and standardise the indexing of a resource to make it more visible for users
  • facilitate the work of information professionals

The partnership between IdRef and PuppetPlays allows members of our research team to reference the data we collect from institutions in a bibliographic catalogue. The IdRef catalogue, which accepts entries from authors all over the world, is also interoperable with international catalogues: the data we enter will then appear in international catalogues, offering great visibility to the puppet repertoire.


RIRRA 21 - Research Unit

Rirra 21 is a research unit composed of 47 teachers-researchers and more than 80 PhD students. It gathers French literature and European specialists, along with History, Movies, Dram and Performance Studies, Music, Arts and Cultural Studies specialists.

Didier Plassard, Principal investigator of PuppetPlays, is also a researcher from the RIRRA 21. 

Last updated : 22/09/2021