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International cooperation

Crossing borders

CNRS is involved in a number of international cooperations. International Associated Laboratories (LIA) join CNRS labs with foreign ones, while International Research Networks (GDRI) bring together laboratories from at least two countries around shared areas of study.

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> Nanostructured materials

MANSURA, which stands for “Nanostructured materials: research and applications,” is the first international associated laboratory (LIA, renewable every four years) established between CNRS and Algeria. Created in February 2006, it associates the Macromolecular Organic Chemistry Laboratory (LCOM)1 in Lille with the  Macromolecule Research Laboratory (LRM)2 in Tlemcen, which have been cooperating since 1997. This LIA will work on composites based on polymers and liquid crystals, macromolecular chemistry and physico-chemistry, and hydrogels for biomedical applications.

1. LCOM: Laboratoire de chimie organique macromoléculaire (CNRS / Université Lille I and II / Ecole nationale supérieure de chimie de Lille joint lab).

2. Laboratoire de recherche sur les macromolécules: Université Aboubakr Belkaid.

> Multigenic diseases

Created in February 2006, the French-Tunisian LIA “Genes and Proteins in Multigenic Diseases” focuses on pathologies combining genetic and environmental factors. It will specifically study kidney impairments linked to type 2 non insulin-dependent diabetes, a major cause of dialysis treatment both in Tunisia and in France. The LIA associates the University of Montpellier I and II, the Bio-Rad company, and the Biotechnology Center in Sfax.


> Biodiversity in the Western Mediterranean

A new International Research Network (GDRI) called “Biodiversity in the Western Mediterranean” (BIOM) associates French and Moroccan research scientists. Facing the same threat concerning the erosion of genetic resources, both countries are especially interested in the effects of changing land usage on the genetic and biological diversity of both animal and plant species. Twelve teams are involved in this research network, launched in February 2006 for four years, with possible renewal.


Contact: Chantal Pacteau,






Western and Chinese medicine

A scientific cooperation agreement between CNRS and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) was concluded on January 20, 2006. Scientists will cooperate on the study of natural substances used in traditional Chinese medicine, particularly in cases where modern medicine has yet to find optimal solutions, such as viral infections, allergies, preventive treatment, etc. One of the first projects will analyze natural substances that might treat antibiotic-resistant nosocomial infections.


Contact: Minh-Hà Pham-Delègue,








A transnational call for collaborative proposals in nanoscience basic research was launched on March 20, 2006, by the NanoSci-ERA consortium. NanoSci-ERA stands for “Nanoscience in the European Research Area and is a consortium of 17 national research organizations from 12 countries, coordinated by CNRS. Together, the consortium members represent the overwhelming majority of nanoscience research in Europe and a large fraction of that activity worldwide. The call, which is open to scientists from all 12 countries of the consortium, will support projects selected solely on their scientific merit and is financed by a E10 million “common pot” contributed by the participating organizations.

The consortium was constituted under the ERA-Net scheme of the 6th EU Framework Program for Research and Technological Development with the objective of coordinating the national policies in fundamental research at the nanometric scale. To this end, the consortium's actions encompass the following:


1. promoting mutual knowledge of the national scientific communities and research programs

2. instituting transnational actions, such as the present call for collaborative proposals

3. mutualizing national nanoscience infrastructures

4. extending cooperation beyond the partners of the consortium

5. organizing a dialog with civil society on the scientific and economic stakes as well as ethical issues and societal acceptability of nanoscience research.



Izo Abram,

Guillaume Bourdon,






Protecting our heritage

The International Research Network (GDRI) “Cultural and Artistic Heritage Rights” (Droit du patrimoine culturel et droit de l'art) was created on February 1, 2006. This network will bring together organizations and universities from eight countries1 to study and compare the legislation for protection of cultural heritage and the status of works of art in different countries. Its work should help European countries adopt  principles and methods to combat the illegal art trade and uphold laws on cultural property.

1. Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Morocco, Senegal, Switzerland, Tunisia.


Contact: Chantal Pacteau,




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Postdoctoral research positions at CNRS

These positions are available to foreign students or French PhDs who have spent time abroad and who wish to work in France. There are no nationality restrictions. The list of job openings is regularly updated (go to “Liste des offres,” then click on an offer, available in French and English).

Duration: one- or two-year periods, non-renewable.

Monthly pay: €2150 gross.

Requirements: PhD or equivalent degree at the time of employment; no prior work in the host lab,

or absence of at least one year; be under 40 years of age.

Deadline: June 30, 2006



Exchange programs for research scientists:Call for Proposals for 2006/2007

As part of the cooperative agreement between CNRS and foreign research organizations, funding is provided for short missions and hosting programs (from one to four weeks on average). For joint research projects, visits may last up to one year with possible renewal.

Depending on the country, deadlines for applications are July 15 or September 30, 2006.

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