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SINGAPORE : CNRS President Alain Fuchs to give two public lectures at NTU & NUS as Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor, November 2-6

The prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor Programme is supported by a fund established in 1983 to commemorate the 60th birthday of Singapore’s Founding Prime Minister the late Lee Kuan Yew. The purpose of this programme is to invite leaders, academics and scholars to Singapore to interact with the academic community.
Prof Fuchs’ public lecture @ Nanyang Technological University will take place on November 3 at 4pm, at the Tan Chui Tuan lecture theatre, on the topic of "Smart and Flexible Nanoporous Materials".
His public lecture @ National University of Singapore will take place on November 6 at 4pm, at the Ngee Ann Kongsi Auditorium at UTown on the topic of "Water in Hydrophobic Cavities at the Nanoscale".
Please register by October 30 for the public lecture at NTU, and by November 2 for the public lecture at NUS, through this Eventbrite link

More information and abstracts on the Lee Kuan Yew Distinguished Visitor Programme’s website, or our own website.

CNRS@ASEAN to welcome the AUR@SIA symposium gathering all UMIs&UMIFREs based in Asia on November 4-5, 2015, in Singapore

CNRS has been active in Asia for over 40 years, nurturing collaborations initiated through a “bottom-up” process by the researchers themselves, producing joint outputs and thus building trust with partners along the way.
It now counts over 130 projects, 4 representative offices, 11 UMIs and 5 UMIFREs, with 15 Asian partners.

In line with its interdisciplinary approach, CNRS wants to bring together its joint units in Asia and their respective CNRS institutes to foster dialogue and collaboration. The initiative builds on the experience of the units specialising on information sciences and engineering and systems sciences, who established the AURA network in 2010 (Association des Unités de Recherche en Asie), and on the precedent of the North American CNRS units meeting.
Such a meeting provides an ideal venue for our Asian partners from academic and research institutions, as well as industry partners and private foundations, to join and participate in a high-level symposium on the challenges facing research, society and industry, and how the three can come together and overcome them.
Alain Fuchs, President of CNRS, and directors of CNRS specialised institutes will attend the symposium and meet with CNRS partners. Several high-level representatives of funding agencies and private foundations will also be attending.

The meeting will take place on the AXA University campus in Singapore.
More information on the AUR@SIA symposium’s website

Clean Energy and Sustainable Development lab Workshop 2015 - Call for paper ; Deadline 26, workshop December 17-18, 2015

The CleanED lab has been created one year ago to contribute to the clean development of the energy sector in Vietnam. We are honoured to invite our colleagues to share and discuss new results on clean energy technologies, ressources and policies, with a special interest to Vietnam in the post-COP21 context.
The workshop is open to disciplinary or interdisciplinary papers drawing from the Electrical Engineering, Process Engineering, Public Policy, Technology Assessment, Economics, Social Psychology and other areas of Science and Technology. Attendance is free, by registration, and a limited number of grants is available for selected speakers from Vietnam or abroad.

Detailed information is available here.

THAILAND : Franco-Thai Scholarship Program 2016 call - Deadline February 19, 2016 online

The call is meant for students from Thailand going to France to study in a master’s or PhD programme for up to 2 years.

Detailed information is available here. Online application must be submitted by February 19, 2016 for a stays starting in September 2016.

If you need more information, please contact us.
Programme overview

VIETNAM : USTH call for laboratory projects for the Hoa Lac site - Deadline for interest October 15, 2015
The French Emabssy in Vietnam is calling French USTH consortium members which would like to be part of the future international research laboratories of USTH in Hoa Lac.
More information (in French) here

SINGAPORE-PARIS : Joint UPMC-SU NTU CMI&CPE workshops - September 28-30
UPMC will host two UPMC-SU NTU joint workshops from September 28th to 30th, 2015.
CMI and CPE are two interconnected workshops aiming at bringing together researchers from SU-UPMC and NTU, to strengthen the existing collaborations and foster the emergence of new ones.
UMI MajuLab will be particularly involved in the Chemistry of Materials and Interfaces "CMI" workshop that aims at founding a collaborative research team that may be integrated into the laboratory.
More information on the workshops webpage

THAILAND : Junior Research Fellowship Program 2016 call - Deadline October 22 by post

This program aims at jumpstarting the career of young Thai researchers by giving them the opportunity to develop promising collaboration with their French counterparts. It supports Thai post doctoral researchers who intend to spend 2 to 6 months for a scientific stay in a laboratory in France.

Detailed information is available here.
New projects must be submitted by Thursday October 22nd , 2015 by post.
Results will be announced mid-January 2016. Departure can be scheduled from mid-March 2016.

If you need more information, please contact us.
Programme overview
Application form

SINGAPORE : IPAL launches 2015 PhD campaign : apply now !

Image and Pervasive Access Laboratory (UMI 2955, Singapore) has launched its 2015 recruitment campaign for PhD students and engineers.
You can check the topics on IPAL’s website. More topics and engineer positions are coming, so keep an eye on that page and/or follow @IPAL_SG and #1day1topic on Twitter.
Here are a few topics you will find on IPAL’s website :

  • Bio-inspired Vision for Mobile Robotics
  • Interactive Reconstruction and Navigation in 3D Cities Models
  • “Events” detection in videos
  • Learning and tracking in 3D+t biomedical data
  • Image analysis for Urine Cytology data
  • Holistic Scene Understanding for Weak-Sighted Elderly
  • Context Continuity in Ambient Assisted Living
  • Event Analytics for Smart Cities

SINGAPORE : PHC Merlion 2015 call is now open ; Deadline September 30, 2015

The PHC Merlion Program is a joint French-Singaporean collaboration, managed by the Institut Français de Singapour, in partnership with Singaporean institutions to encourage and support new scientific research development between French and Singaporean laboratories, through funding the scientists’ trip exchanges. There are three different funding opportunities :
• Merlion Project : Funding of missions between France and Singapore for researchers, post-doctoral and doctoral students involved in a joint research project.
Up to €30,000 over two years
• Merlion Workshop : Co-organising a workshop based on a common theme, to be held in either France or Singapore, with the aim of eventually leading to a bilateral research agreement.
Up to €30,000
• Merlion Ph.D : Funding of stays in France of up to 6 months per year (maximum 3 years) for Ph.D students from a Singaporean partner laboratory and up to 3 years.
Up to €23,000 over three years

More information on the Institut Français Singapore website

EU-ASEAN : SEA-Europe Joint Call for Mobility Projects ; Deadline September 14, 2015

The SEA-EU-NET project has launched a pilot joint call for mobility. Participating countries include : Austria, Belgium, Cambodia, France, Germany, Lao PDR, Myanmanr, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Poland and Thailand. Dunfing can go to mobility and workshops.

More information on the SEA-EU-NET website
Application guide
Additional information for French applicants

FRANCE-ASIA : BIO-Asia & ICT-Asia calls for projects are now open - deadline September 13, 2015

The BIO-Asia and ICT-Asia regional programmes are a French initiative directed at Asia in order to strengthen, on the basis of mutual benefits, high-level scientific cooperation with and among emerging and developed Asian countries in the fields of natural substances studies and their applications and of information and communication technology (ICT) respectively. It funds, upon selection through an annual call for proposals, mobility costs of research projects involving at least 3 research units of France and Asia.
It supports projects involving France and the member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN : Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), as well as East Timor, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
More information on targeted fields, procedure, budget and deadlines :

SINGAPORE : 4 UMIs participated to the success of the French Science Fair’s 1st edition

The French Science Fair, organised by Institut Français as part of the Voilah ! French Festival in Singapore, took place from May 26 to 28 at the new ESSEC campus in Nepal Hill. Around 300 high school and university students had the opportunity to get up close with French researchers and to visit the facilities they work in.

French-Singaporean joint labs BMC (mechanobiology), CINTRA (nanotechnologies), IPAL (biomedical imaging and embient assitive living) and MajuLab (quantum physics) all offered presentations and booths to engage with the students. IPAL’s interns also organised a tour of the Star Home, a sensor-packed home showcasing some of IPAL’s solutions.

The team of Institut Français also had set up a photo booth allowing students to take fun end-of-the-year group pictures with their classmates... but the researchers may have enjoyed it just as much !
The French Science Fair is expected to take place at around the same time in 2016, save the date !

Have a look at the 2015 programme
Pictures we twitted
More pictures by Campus France on Facebook

IRASEC : International Seminar on "Writing History and Correcting Sources : the Building of a National Identity in the Sultanate of Brunei"

Irasec in cooperation with Chula Global Network and the Institute of Asian Studies at Chulalongkorn University co-organise the international seminar on "Writing History and Correcting Sources : the Building of a National Identity in the Sultanate of Brunei" on Tuesday 16 June 2015 at 8h30-12h00, Jumpot-Pantip room, 4th floor of Prajadhipok-Rambhai Barni building, Chulalongkorn University.
This seminar is to celebrate the publishing of Marie-Sybille de Vienne’s book "Brunei : From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century" by National University of Singapore Press (NUS).
Download the programme here
Please send back the registration form by June 12th, 2015 by email or by fax 02-670-4290.

MYANMAR : New IRASEC publication explores Burmese identity

IRASEC recently published "Trajectoires littorales de l’hégémonie birmane" (in French only) by Maxime Boutry, taking a new approach to contemporary Burmese identity
More information on the IRASEC website

SINGAPORE : NTU & CNRS extend collaboration in the field of renewable energies

CNRS president Alain Fuchs & Nanyang Technological University (NTU) president Bertil Andersson signed a Memoradum of Understanding at the Elysée Palace on May 18th, in the presence of French president François Hollande and Singapore president Tony Tan Keng Yam. This agreement is the first step in the creation of an international research network (GDRI) between the two institutions in the field of renewable energies.

From left to right : Bertil Andersson, president of Nanyang Technological University, Tony Tan Keng Yam, president of the Republic of Singapore, Alain Fuchs, president of CNRS, François Hollande, president of the French Republic.

SINGAPORE : Informal get-together for young researchers from the 4 UMIs

As we are entering the internships season, 35 incoming interns as well as PhD students and postdocs from the 4 Singapore-based UMIs met for an informal dinner & night out starting at Lau Pa Sat last Friday - a good opportunity to meet colleagues from other joint units (IPAL, CINTRA, BMC & MajuLab) in a relaxed setting.
We are thinking of organising more events like this in the future. It is open to all young researchers involved with the joint units, whether they be formally affiliated with CNRS or not, French or Singaporean (or any other nationality !)... We may not have everyone’s contact details since we are using informal communication channels, so drop us an email if you’d like to be added to our mailing list !

EU-ASEAN : CNRS@ASEAN director Luc Le Calvez interviewed by EURAXESS

The EURAXESS Links ASEAN April newsletter focused on France, with a general overview of France-ASEAN research cooperation, and articles on the PHC Merlion programme and CIRAD, as well as an interview with Luc Le Calvez. He presents CNRS and its activities in the region and shares his views here

SINGAPORE : UMI 2955 IPAL researchers’ team first runner-up to the grand-prize of Singapore’s 1st IoT Hackathon

Their team “The Butlers” was competing in the geriatrics category of the IoT and wearables hackathon organized by A*STAR I²R and ETPL, and SIAA. They came in first runner-up to the grand prize with their connected equipment for HDB fitness courts.

The 2-day hackathon took place in BASH (Building Amazing Startups Here), a startup facility located at the Launchpad@one-north. Ten teams competed in three categories : wellness, construction and geriatrics.
The Butlers thought of connecting HDB fitness corners to the cloud, offering social incentives for the elderly to stay physically active. They presented a connected air stepper that counts steps and sends the data directly to the cloud. A user interface, accessed by swiping an EZ-link senior citizen card, displays the real time step count, as well as performance rewards. An SMS integration allows the user to send text messages to neighbours, inviting them to join and exercise together. The Butlers also integrated gamification, allowing for inter-block or family contests.
They received a $2000 prize with the first runner-up position, coming in second only to a team competing in the wellness category with a smart shoe sole prototype that tracks the walker/runner pressure map to correct posture.

The Butlers preparing to pull an all-nighter, from left to right :

- Joaquim Bellmunt, Doctoral Student at IPAL (UMI 2955)

- Thibaut Tiberghien, Postdoctoral Researcher at IPAL (UMI 2955)

- Nicholas Chun, Senior Physiotherapist at NUH

- Antoine Fagette, R&D Engineer at Thales Solutions Asia and IPAL Alumnus

- John O’Brien, Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group

- with the remote help of Nizar Ouarti, Associate Professor and Researcher at IPAL (in France at that time).

More on the 1st Singapore IoT hackathon
More on IPAL

SINGAPORE : Singapore Challenge - The Science of Future Cities

Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - invites budding researchers from around the world to participate in its first ever “Singapore Challenge : The Science of Future Cities”.
The challenge aims to create a platform for young researchers to test their creative ideas to solve real-world issues that have arisen as a result of rapid urbanisation. Aspiring undergraduates, doctorate students and post-doctoral fellows who may have an interest in pursuing a research career in Singapore are invited to submit their ideas and proposals for smart city-living for the future.
Winners will receive an invitation to participate in the Singapore Scientific Conference, to be held from 16 to 17 September, 2015, where they will receive their prize. They will be able to meet with like-minded research fellows, learn from luminaries from the international scientific community, participate in discussions around challenges in our modern world, and gain a better understanding of research opportunities in Singapore.
You may submit a 2500-word essay, and accompany this with any other supporting documents, videos, animations or even computer models. The judges will be looking out for creative and workable solutions for use in real-life.
Registration of interest by May 1
Submission by June 1

Via Science50 website
More information

BRUNEI : From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century

New IRASEC publication at CNRS Editions (French, 2012) and NUS Press (English, 2015) : Brunei, from the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century, by Marie-Sybille de Vienne.
More information on NUS Press website

Thaïlande : Appel à candidatures Partenariats Hubert Curien Siam 2016

Le programme PHC Siam, piloté par le MAEDI et le MENESR, est mis en oeuvre en Thaïlande avec le Ministère de l’Education, le Thailand Research Fund et la National Science and Technology Development Agency. Il vise à développer les échanges scientifiques et technologiques d’excellence entre les laboratoires de recherche des deux pays en favorisant les nouvelles coopérations. Les projets doivent être conjointement financés par les partenaires français et thaïlandais, le partenariat visant à couvrir le "surcoût international" du projet. Les disciplines concernées sont les suivantes :

  • Sciences humaines et sociales, culture et tourisme
  • Sciences fondamentales
  • Sciences et technologies
  • Santé
  • Énergie
  • Écologie, biodiversité et développement durable
  • Agriculture / Agro-industrie

Les candidatures doivent être déposées avant le 15 juillet 2015 pour un début de projet en janvier 2016.
Plus d’informations :

SINGAPORE : Launch of IPAL’s new season of Cross-Knowledge sessions

The new season of UMI 2955 (Image and Pervasive Access Lab) Cross-Knowledge seminars was launched by hosts Joaquim Bellmunt and Thomas Braud on April 2nd. The purpose of these scientific brainstorming sessions is for IPAL members to share their projects and vision, and to identify key research issues and partners to build future collaborations. The sessions are composed of 10/15-minute talks followed by 30/40 minutes of discussion and exchange with the attendees.
IPAL staff Nizar Ouarti (UPMC) and Thibaut Tiberghien ( IMT) presented their work on “Automatic recognition of spontaneous smiles” and “Ontology-based statistical reasoning”, respectively ; Axel Carlier from Université de Toulouse then talked about “From expert to crowdsourced interactive segmentation”.
The Cross-Knowledge sessions are planned to take place every month or so, and to gradually open to attendees and speakers from other laboratories and from industry.
If you are interested in taking part either as an attendee or as a speaker, feel free to contact us so that we can add you to the mailing list.
Cross Knowledge team contact
More information on past and future sessions
Follow @IPAL_SG and #crossktalks on Twitter for the next session’s live tweet

BIO-Asia and ICT-Asia Calls for Abstracts : deadline April 15

The regional programmes BIO-Asia and ICT-Asia are a French initiative directed at Asia in order to strengthen, on the basis of mutual benefits, high-level scientific cooperation with and among emerging and developed Asian countries in the fields of natural substances studies and their applications and of information and communication technology (ICT) respectively. It funds, upon selection through an annual call for proposals, mobility costs of research projects involving at least 3 research units of France and Asia.
BIO-Asia and ICT-Asia regional workshops are held every year for attendance by researchers who have participated in or intend to participate in the programmes together with the representatives of French and Asian partner organizations. They are a venue for dialogue between French and Asian scientists, with the objective of facilitating further scientific cooperation (building of research teams for application to BIO & ICT-Asia Calls for Proposal, integration of participants to existing cooperation networks, dialogue between potential partners).
Calls for abstracts for both workshops will close on April 15.
BIO-Asia 2015 will be held on May 18-22 in Singapore, A*STAR @ Matrix.
More information on BIO-Asia
ICT–ASIA 2015 will be held on May 25-26 in Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines in partnership with the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
More information on ICT-Asia

Université Paris Saclay : Call for international master’s scholarships

The Université Paris-Saclay would like to give foreign students access to its master’s (nationally-certified degree) programs provided in its member establishments and to make it easier for highly-qualified foreign students to attend its University especially those wishing to develop an academic project through research up to the doctoral level.
Consequently, 190 scholarships will be offered for the 2015-2016 academic year. They will be awarded for one or two years depending on whether the student enters the 1st or 2nd year of a master’s program (M1 or M2).
Next deadline on May 17, 2015.
More information

SINGAPOUR : Deux nouvelles unités mixtes internationales

Les collaborations en recherche scientifique entre la France et Singapour ont été renforcées grâce à une série de nouveaux accords signés le vendredi 30 mai 2014. Outre un accord entre l’Agence Nationale de la Recherche et son homologue singapourien la National Research Foundation, des accords de création de deux nouvelles UMI du CNRS ont été signés.
Le premier accord concerne la création du laboratoire Merlion-Majulab qui implique le CNRS, la National University of Singapore (NUS) et la Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Ce nouveau laboratoire Franco-singapourien, qui fait suite au Laboratoire International Associé FSQL (France-Singapore Quantum Physics and Information Laboratory) va travailler sur différents sujets tels que la physique quantique, l’informatique quantique, les matériaux 2D et la physique à l’échelle du nanomètre.
Le second accord qui concerne le CNRS est la création d’un autre laboratoire conjoint, le BioMechanics of Cellular Contacts Lab (BMC2), dans la continuité du LIA CAFS (Cell Adhesion France-Singapore). Ce laboratoire implique des chercheurs de NUS et du CNRS et travaillera sur une approche interdisciplinaire des mécanismes, de l’organisation spatiale des protéines et des propriétés des cellules de contact.
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