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WORLDWIDE Canada Securing a Bright Research Future POLAND / RUSSIA On October 14, 2014, the CNRS welcomed Russian and Polish delegations at its Paris headquarters for the launch of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA) TERAMIR, which will focus on the study of collective phenomena in semiconductor nanostructures appearing in the Terahertz and Mid-IR ranges of the electromagnetic spectrum. This LIA, which brings together three French laboratories1 and three foreign institutes,2 will help facilitate exchanges in this highly-promising field. Potential applications include new semiconductors built with nanostructures that have graphene-like transport properties. 42 CNRS INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE 1. Université de Montréal, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Institut National de Recherche Scientifique. 2. www.chantier-arctique.fr US In October 2014, CNRS President Alain Fuchs and Gene Block, chancellor of UCLA,5 inaugurated a new International Joint Unit (UMI) called EpiDaPo.6 It will be housed at the UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics, to carry out research on epigenetics and its social and political implications. This UMI will facilitate high-level international synergies among researchers in the life, social and environmental sciences, on issues with far-reaching social impact, such as diet, age and gender. JAPAN Last October, the French multinational Saint-Gobain, the CNRS, and the NIMS7 launched the Laboratory for Innovative Key Materials and Structures (LINK) in the presence of the French ambassador to Japan, Thierry Dana. The aim of this new International Joint Unit (UMI) will be to develop materials that could be used by Saint-Gobain for its industrial activities, such as ceramics, grains, powders, crystals, glazing and abrasives. LINK will be housed at the Tsukuba-based NIMS, one of the world’s leading materials research laboratories. In brief... CHINA On November 12, 2014 in Harbin (China), the French laboratory CREATIS3 signed the creation of the International Associated Laboratory (LIA) Metislab4 with China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) and the Harbin Medical University (HBU). The collaboration will focus on three themes: image and signal (theory), high-performance computing platforms in biomedical imaging, and new imaging modalities in medicine. The INSA Lyon and HIT now also offer an international double degree program. Left to right: Antoine Mynard (CNRS Office China), Zhou Yu (HIT president), and Eric Maurincomme (INSA Lyon Director). On the occasion of France’s official state visit to Canada last November, CNRS President Alain Fuchs further strengthened ties between the organization and its transatlantic partner, which already share three International Joint Units (UMI) in Quebec. Five new agreements were signed, including a letter of intent to set up a theme-based network between CNRS and Quebec researchers from several institutions1, in the field of controlled multifunctional materials. The projects borne out of this agreement will help secure the creation of a joint laboratory housed in the future Advanced Materials Institute on the Outremont campus in Montreal (Canada). Another milestone was the signing of a letter of agreement between the CNRS and Canada’s network of universities and laboratories dedicated to Arctic research, ArcticNet. This will bolster the French Arctic Initiative,2 spearheaded by the CNRS. CNRS President Alain Fuchs and Bernie Boucher, Chair of the Board of Directors of ArcticNet, signing the letter of agreement on November 3, 2014. © CPLC VINCENT CARBONNEAU, RIDEAU HALL © SA MAJESTÉ LA REINE DU CHEF DU CANADA REPRÉSENTÉE PAR LE BUREAU DU SECRÉTAIRE DU GOUVERNEUR GÉNÉRAL, 2014. © H. INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (WEEKLY HIT) 1. Laboratoire Charles Coulomb (CNRS / Université Montpellier-II), Laboratoire matériaux et phénomènes quantiques (CNRS / Université Paris Diderot), Laboratoire national des champs magnétiques intenses (CNRS / UJF / UPS / INSA). 2. Poland’s Institute of High Pressure Physics, and Russia’s Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Novgorod) and Rzhanov Institute of Semiconductor Physics (Novosibirsk). 3. Centre de Recherche en Acquisition et Traitement de l’Image pour la Santé (CNRS / Inserm / Université Claude Bernard Lyon-I / INSA Lyon). 4. Medical Engineering and Theory in Image and Signal Laboratory. 5. University of California, Los Angeles (US). 6. Epigenetics, Data & Politics. 7. National Institute for Materials Science (Japan).


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