A new agreement of joint bilateral collaboration between CNRS and CQT/NUS
On Wednesday 9th November, in presence of Mr. Joël Bertrand (Director General for Science of CNRS) and Mr. Lai Choy Heng (Deputy Director of the CQT laboratory and NUS Vice Provost), a signing ceremony has been held, within NUS, in the framework of the opening of a new International Associated Laboratory (LIA) between CNRS and NUS: the France-Singapore Quantum Physics and Information Laboratory (LIA FSQL).
LIA signing agreement (from left to right) with Mr Joël Bertrand, Director General for Science of the CNRS, Mr Lai Choy Heng, Deputy Director of the CQT laboratory and NUS Vice Provost (Academic Personnel), Dr Jorge Treddice of the “Institut Non Linéaire de Nice”, Dr Christian Miniatura, Visiting Research Associate Professor au CQT and Dr. Chantal Khan-Malek, International Relations CNRS – Asie Pacifique.
Officials during the LIA signing agreement
By the signing of this agreement, the LIA will receive funding from CNRS and the partner institutions for equipment, travel, associate research positions, until January 2014.
Partners of the agreement:
The main singaporean partner is the Center for Quantum Technologies (CQT) located in the campus of NUS. First Research Center of Excellence among five created in Singapore since December 2007, the R&D activities are linked to the development of new quantum technologies and on the theoretical and practical possibilities of constructing quantum-mechanical devices for cryptography and computation applications as for example a new cryptographic protocol for credit card payment. This center employs currently more than 100 researchers. Most of the scientific papers from the CQT appear in renowned journals as Nature and Science.
The parties involved from France are CNRS, the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, The Université Paris-Sud 11, the Institut d’Optique Graduate School, and the Université Paris Diderot Paris.
Dr Christian Miniatura, a Visiting Research Associate Professor at CQT on secondment from the CNRS Institut Non-Linéaire de Nice (INLN), at the Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, initiated collaborations with CQT Principal Investigator Berge Englert since 2005, concerning the theory of quantum gases. Dr Miniatura and Dr Englert will run the LIA as co-principal investigators.
CNRS’s presence in Singapore includes another LIA, signed into existence with the Mechanobiology Institute at NUS on 8 November, and two established "International Joint Units" (laboratories with walls): since January 2007 the Image and Pervasive Access Lab working mainly on treatment of medical images and since December 2009, the laboratory CINTRA working on nanophotonics/Electronics in collaboration with NTU and Thalès.
What is a « LIA » ?
An LEA or an LIA is a “laboratory without walls” and is not a legal entity. It consists of the association of a CNRS-affiliated laboratory and a laboratory from another country. These laboratories pool together human and material resources towards a common, jointly-defined project designed to add value to their individual pursuits. An LEA/LIA agreement is for 4 years, renewable once. The laboratories comprising an LEA or LIA retain their independence, their original status, their governance and their separate locations. This type of collaboration does not require an expatriation of the researchers involved in the project.
Want to know more ?
CQT website: http://www.quantumlah.org/
About the “ International Associated Laboratories“ of the CNRS:
About the « International Joint Units » of the CNRS: