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Cooperation agreements

Historical Partners
Rhodia and CNRS have renewed their collaborative framework agreement for a duration of five years. This collaboration with one of the world's top chemical companies is over 30 years old. Today, researchers from CNRS and Rhodia are working together in three joint research units: (i) at the Complex Fluid Laboratory in Bristol (Pennsylvania, US), specialized in the physical chemistry of fluids and surfaces; (ii) at the Laboratoire du Futur in Pessac (France), specialized in microfluidics and aimed at enhancing research productivity and speeding up the commercial launch of innovations; and (iii) at the Laboratory for Polymers and Advanced Materials in Lyon (France), whose goal is the creation of new, more thermally and mechanically resistant polymer-based materials.

ReaDiLab Now Ready
Following an informal collaboration that lasted over ten years, the International Associated Laboratory ReaDilab was launched on September 3rd, 2007. It brings together CNRS, the Paris-Sud 11 University, the Institut Polytechnique, and Grenoble's Joseph Fourier University in France, and the University of Meiji in Japan.
ReaDiLab is set up to improve our understanding of complex phenomena in biology, medicine, and chemistry through modeling, mathematical analysis, and numerical simulations of the reaction-diffusion processes that take place in these fields. Coordinated by two experts in mathematical modeling and analysis, Professor Masayasu Mimura for Japan and Danielle Hilhors for France, Readilab comprises 20 Japanese and 19 French members.

Astroparticle Labs Join Forces
An International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in astroparticle physics was launched this September for a duration of 4 years. It associates France's Astroparticles and Cosmology laboratory (APC)1 with the American KIPAC institute2 at Stanford, the largest US lab dedicated to astroparticles.
Coordinating development in this field on both sides of the Atlantic is important for both space projects, where missions are often jointly run by the European and US space agencies, and ground-based projects, such as very high-energy gamma ray observatories and observation of the large-scale structure of the Universe. Priority is given to five areas: dark energy and dark matter, high-energy gamma rays and gamma-ray bursts, gravitational waves, theoretical physics, and data processing.

1. CNRS / CEA / Université Paris Diderot / Observatoire de Paris.
2. Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology.
> Contact: Pierre BINEtrUY
APC, Paris.



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