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WORLDWIDE In brief... SINGAPORE An international workshop on renewable energy was held on the NTU (Nanyang Technological University) campus in Singapore in early February. It brought together experts from NTU, the CNRS, CEA,1 and a number of French universities and industrial leaders including Alstom, GDF-Suez, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Bouygues, Crosslux, and Saint-Gobain. Together, they identified key R&D challenges that would benefit from increased collaboration, notably in the fields of photovoltaics, wind and marine energy, electrochemical energy systems and storage, smart grids and power systems, smart and green buildings, and basic science for energy. This first workshop should lay the foundation for a future framework agreement to structure these collaborations. French ambassador Benjamin Dubertret with NTU Chief of Staff Lam Khin Yong. AUSTRALIA The recently-launched International Associated Laboratory for Photonics between France and Australia (LIA ALPhFA) brings together the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence, CUDOS,2 and a host of French laboratories associated with the CNRS,3 especially the Institut Fresnel, whose collaboration with the University of Sydney dates back to 1973. This new LIA will focus on modern photonics: metamaterials, plasmonics, and mid-infrared photonics. 1. Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives. 2. Center for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (University of Sydney). 3. Aix-Marseille Université, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Paris-Sud, ECM, ECL, INSA Lyon, CPE Lyon. 4. Laboratoire Cultures et environnements. Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Age (CNRS). Lebanon 42 CNRS INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE SLOVENIA The “Push-Pull AlloyS And Complex CompoundS: from bulk properties to surface functions” (PACS 2) International Associated Laboratory (LIA) was recently formalized between the CNRS, the Institut Jean Lamour (Université de Lorraine) and the Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia’s main center for multidisciplinary research. Bringing together some 20 French and Slovenian PhDs and post-docs, its goal is to create new push-pull alloys—some of which include rare earths—and characterize them to determine their electronic and magnetic properties. EUROPE A new International Research Network (GDRI) Zoomathia, for “Cultural transmission of the zoological knowledge (Antiquity-Middle Age)” coordinated by the CEPAM4 brings together a host of laboratories from France, Italy, Germany, and the UK, specialized in antique and medieval zoology. The objective of this GDRI is to compile a critical history of zoological knowledge during that time, using primarily a multidisciplinary approach. Another objective will be to create a thesaurus to help annotate ancient texts that characterize animals with the latest tools available, including the Semantic Web—an essential step towards the creation of a historical zoological database. O n January 27, 2015, the CNRS and the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS-L) signed a framework agreement for scientific cooperation, which should help secure and structure new collaborations in the form of International Programs for Scientific Cooperation (PICS), International Research Networks (GDRI), and International Associated Laboratories (LIA). Three programs were singled out: research on the targeted treatment of leukemia (LIA ATL) with the University of Beyrouth, the future launch of a French-Lebanese Environmental Observatory (O-LiFE) to study the impact of climate change around the Mediterranean, and finally, a radiotherapy research scheme with the various institutions in Lebanon (including Saint Joseph University). The country, which finalized its first framework agreement with the CNRS in 1979, is one of the organization’s main research partners in the southern Mediterranean and the Middle East. ii From left to right: Philippe Baptiste, CNRS Chief Research Officer, Mouïn Hamzé, Secretary General of the CNRS-L, and Ghadi Khoury, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Lebanese embassy. Renewing Historic Ties © DÉLÉGATION PMA © COURTESY OF ENERGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE/NTU


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