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Enhanced cooperation

After 30 years of cooperative actions in the field of nuclear and high energy physics, the IN2P3-CNRS, the Dapnia-CEA and the JINR created the Joint underground laboratory in Europe (Joule) on October 24, 2005. The LEA-Joule will be dedicated to research in the areas of neutrino properties, dark matter, and ultra heavy ions. It will connect teams from the underground laboratory of Modane (IN2P3/CNRS and Dapnia/CEA), located in the Fréjus tunnel, and those from the JINR Dshelopov laboratory of nuclear problems in Dubna.

Environmental geochemistry LEA or LEAGE
LEAGE came to life December 12 in Moscow through an agreement signed by CNRS, the Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse (UPS) and the Institute of Research for Development (IRD) on the French side, and by the Moscow State University (MGU), Russian Academy of Sciences and Russian Foundation for Basic Research on the Russian side. The partner labs will collaborate on a study of the impact of human activity on the continental biosphere and on issues related to global warming.

Theoretical physics and condensed matter LEA
This LEA was created by an agreement signed in Moscow on December 12, 2005. It is composed of three partners—the CNRS laboratory of theoretical physics and statistical models, the physics department of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the Landau Institute in Russia. This LEA will help develop a valuable system of exchanges between Russia and France, particularly for young researchers and for scientists working on subjects ranging from pure mathematics to condensed matter physics.

Black Sea GDRE
This GDRE, created last October for a renewable period of four years, brings together French, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Georgian institutes and research labs. From France, CNRS and six universities are involved.
The main research themes center around Grecian ceramics and amphoras from the Euxine and Greco-Roman inscriptions north of the Black Sea. Prospecting expeditions on the coasts of the Sea of Azov and in Georgia will round out the program. Research on ceramics and amphoras will also be the subject of an archaeometric program designed to determine provenance, developed at the Ceramology Lab of Lyons (Céramologie de Lyon).

The GDRE European Ultra Relativistic Energies Agreement, created on October 24, 2005, sees French, Russian, Polish, and Ukrainian laboratories joining forces. The CNRS-IN2P3, the Nantes School of Engineering (Ecole des Mines de Nantes) and the University of Nantes will participate in the network. The objective of this GDRE focuses on analyzing data from STAR and PHENIX experiments conducted with the US-based collider RHIC; preparing for the ALICE experiment with the LHC at CERN; as well as on a high-tech detector R & D program. It will facilitate regular exchanges of visitors, students, postdoctoral researchers, and staff scientists between the various labs involved.


Contacts :

DREI: Jean-Luc Teffo,

CNRS Moscow office: Patrick Le Fort

IN2P3: Eliane Perret,


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