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International cooperation

Modern Mediterranean architecture

On November 11, 2005, CNRS and seven other international research institutions signed an agreement to create an International Research Network (GDRI) on “Modern architecture in the Mediterranean: origins, identification, the present day.” It will document exchanges relating to architectural history, urban development, and regional heritage of the southern Mediterranean in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in local contexts as well as under colonial influences. This GDRI brings together laboratories from France, Algeria, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Tunisia.

Contact: Chantal Pacteau,


The small world of “Namis”

An International Research Network (GDRI) called “Namis,” (Nano and Micro Systems) was signed into existence on November 2, 2005. The network unites CNRS laboratories (France), the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne (Switzerland), the University of Freiburg (Germany), the University of Tokyo (Japan), Seoul National University (South Korea), and the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland. The network is devoted to scientific research connected to micro and nano systems—from fundamental aspects to applied research.
Contact: Dominique Collard,



The CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and CNRS signed an agreement November 21, 2005, concerning staff hosting and integration. This will promote the organizations' jointly led scientific activities by facilitating researcher exchanges between the two structures and personnel integration within CERN or CNRS laboratories.

Contact: Eliane Perret,


Agreement with Singapore

On September 22, 2005, in Paris, the Nyanang Technological University (NTU), Singapore's second largest university, and CNRS signed the first-ever agreement for scientific cooperation between the two organizations. The objective is to promote joint research projects, common seminars and conferences, and facilitate exchange programs.

Contact: Minh-Ha Pham-Delegue,


Franco-Brazilian mathematics

The CNRS-IMPA International Joint Unit was created on November 7, 2005, in Rio de Janeiro by CNRS and the IMPA,1 the world-renowned Brazilian mathematical sciences research institute, which plays a leading role in Brazil and Latin America. The unit, with an initial duration of four years that can be renewed, is housed in the IMPA facilities in Rio de Janeiro. The CNRS and the IMPA are co-authorities of the UMI and participate jointly in its financing.

Contact: Claire Giraud,

1.Instituto Nacional de matemàtica pura e aplicada


Agreement signed with Airbus France

Right after the launch of the “aeronautics, space and defense systems” competitiveness cluster, CNRS and Airbus France signed a specific scientific and technical three-year agreement on December 2, 2005. This agreement will formalize converging research on themes as diverse as aerodynamics, onboard electronics and acoustics. A joint lab will soon be established between the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS), the Institute of Information Technology Research of Toulouse (Irit), The French Aeronautics and Space Research Center Onera and Airbus France.1

1. Laboratoire d'analyse et d'architecture des systèmes; Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse; Onera: Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales.



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