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Creation of Associated Laboratories

INDIA
Sustainable development

On January 25th 2008, the agreement to create an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in chemistry was signed in New Delhi by CNRS and the Council for Science and Industrial Research. The LIA brings together the CPM 1 research unit in Rennes and the IICT/CSIR 2 in Hyderabad, India.
The partners have been collaborating for a decade. The CPM lab is involved in various programs, including sustainable development, the total synthesis of medically relevant bioactive molecules and organic photochemistry. IICT is a leading authority in the field of natural substances, medical chemistry and photochemistry, and its organic synthesis group is world-renowned. The Institute is currently putting together a national chemistry bank for thousands of pure natural compounds.
1. Chimie et photonique moléculaires (CNRS / Université Rennes-I).
2. Indian Institute of Chemical Technology / Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.
> CONTACT: Rene.Gree@univ-rennes1.fr


SOUTH KOREA
Physics

CNRS-IN2P3, Ecole Polytechnique, and the Blaise Pascal and Paris-Sud Universities, together with 7 South Korean partners, have created a new LIA, the France-Korea Particle Physics Laboratory (FK-PPL).
The objective of the FK-PPL is to make scientific exchange between France and South Korea more vigorous in the fields of high energy physics and grid computing.
A number of collaborations are already in place: the development of new detectors for the future International Linear Collider (ILC), to be launched in the 2020s; the final assembly of the ALICE detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), scheduled for summer 2008; and the sharing of massive computing resources for the analysis of ALICE data in Korea, through grid computing. The FK-PPL will provide an ideal framework for dynamic collaborations by facilitating the exchange of researchers and students between the two countries. It will also encourage the development of new projects, through meetings and regular workshops. The first scheduled initiative is a two-week workshop on grids during the summer of 2008, intended to initiate a large audience of Korean students and researchers to this technology.
> CONTACT: breton@clermont.in2p3.fr


ROMANIA
Mathematics
MathMode, the first European Associated Laboratory (LEA) with Romania, was signed into existence on March 17, 2008 by CNRS, the Paris-Sud University and the Romanian Academy. MathMode aims to attract young researchers to Romanian research, and to develop a high level research and training center in mathematics in the southeastern part of the European Research Area. At first, the LEA’s activities will focus on geometry, partial derivative equations and modeling, and stochastic analysis. Each year, the LEA will fund research projects proposed by Franco-Romanian teams, as well as advanced level courses, summer schools and long-term research internships. It will participate in applications for joint research projects funded by the EU.
> CONTACTS: helffer@math.u-psud.fr, francesca.grassia@cnrs-dir.fr


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