Partnerships in Australia

CNRS partnerships in Australia

1 International Research Laboratory

International Research Laboratories are the more mature level of organization for international cooperation. They are genuine joint laboratories located within partner universities, and they bring together researchers, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, engineers, and technicians from both the CNRS and the partner institutions for 5-years mandates. Those initial mandates are often extended so their global duration can reach 15 years or even more.

The IRL “FuMa” for Fundamental Mathematics is a joint CNRS – Australian National University (ANU) initiative in the field of basic and applied mathematics, managed by Prof. Filipo Santambrogio (CNRS) and Stephen Roberts (ANU).

8 International Research Projects

International Research Projects are collaborative research projects between CNRS and partner laboratories. They strengthen previously-established collaboration and allow to develop joint research activity, field work, experimentation, and supervising students. Their mandate is 5 years and can be extended once.

The IRP ALPhFA (Associated Laboratory in Photonics between France and Australia), managed by Christian Grillet (CNRS, INL) in collaboration with Prof. Arnan Mitchell (RMIT) started in 2014 and was renewed in 2019.

The IRP CANECEV, managed by Frédéric THOMAS, MIVEGEC UMR 5290 – IRD CNRS UM in collaboration with Beata UJVARI (Deakin University) started in 2017, and was shortly joined by Rodrigo HAMEDE (UTAS).


The IRP-ARS (Advanced Autonomy for Robotic Systems) is managed by Professor Tarek Hamel (I3S UMR-CNRS 7271, Côte d’Azur University) in collaboration with Professor Robert Mahony (Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, Australian National University) and started in 2020.


The IRP SoCNetMM (Social Communication Network in Marine Mammals), managed by Isabelle Charrier (UMR9197 CNRS Paris Saclay Institute of Neuroscience) in collaboration with Pr. Robert Harcourt (Macquarie University) started in 2020 but is the follow-up of the LIA MCoMM (Multimodal Communication in Marine Mammals, 2015-2018).


The IRP AMHELIE (Additive Manufacturing for High pErformance materiaLs and lattIce structurEs) is a project between the I2M Laboratory – UMR CNRS 5295 (Pr. N. Saintier) and the Australian universities of Queensland (Pr. M. Dargusch) and Monash (Pr Aijun Huang).

The CNRS-INSERM IRP ApicoLipid (Apicomplexan parasites lipid and membrane biogenesis) is managed by Dr Cyrille Botté (IAB CNRS UMR5309 INSERM U1209, Université Grenoble Alpes) in collaboration with Professor Geoff McFadden (School of Biosciences, University of Melbourne). Our IRP was initiated through a long term and fruitful collaboration between our two laboratories initially supported by a CNRS International Scientific Project (PICS 2013-2017) and through our IRP in 2018. Our consortium aims to better understand the role propagation and pathogenicity of infectious agents causing malaria and toxoplasmosis to identify novel drug targets.


The GEODESIC (Geometry-Driven Signal and Image Processing) lab conducts research in the field of data science, with emphasis in signal and image processing applications. Specifically, researchers at GEODESIC develop new methodologies that take into account the geometry of the datasets and of the ambient space they live in.

The IRP “REDOCHROME” for Organo-metallic assemblies redox-active and multipolar for photonics and molecular electronics is a joint CNRS-ANU and UWA initiative in chemistry. It focuses on molecular photonics and electronics and involves 24 Australian and French researchers. It is the continuation of a Franco-Australian PICS project initiated in 2015 between Rennes 1 University and ANU.

5 International Research Networks

International Research Networks will structure and gather a large international scientific community around a common theme or à research infrastructure. It promotes the organization of international workshops and seminars, as well as thematic schools. It brings together, for a duration of five years, researchers from several French and international laboratories, and several countries can be involved in one network.

The French-Australian research network on Conversion and Energy Storage for stand-alone & maritime applications (International Research Network FACES) is managed on the French side, by Dr. Fermín CUEVAS, CNRS research director at the East-Paris Institute of Chemistry and Materials Science (ICMPE) in collaboration with ICMCB-Bordeaux, IEM-Montpellier, IMN-Nantes, FEMTO-ST-Franche Comté, IMS-Bordeaux, LAPLACE-Toulouse et AMPERE-Lyon. On the Australian side, it is managed by Prof. Francois AGUEY-ZINSOU, leader of the Material Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale (MERLin) at The School of Chemical Engineering, UNSW, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Deakin University, University of South Australia (UNiSA), and Flinders University (Flinders). It has been launched in January 2020.

The IRN EHEDE “Ecosystem Health and Environmental Disease Ecology”, funded by the CNRS, aims to promote exchanges and improve the readability of research conducted in Eurasia linking ecosystems health (the long-term sustainability of ecological processes and the integrity of ecosystem services) and the ecology of diseases (the processes by which diseases can be maintained or controlled in an ecosystem).

The program of the GDRI is devoted to biofuel and material production from microalgae. To develop a sustainable and industrial production, this implies indeed biological and technological breakthroughs which would be achieved only if an important scientific effort is conducted on a large set of scientific topics such as establishment of culture method of the useful algae, gene modification for improvement of productivity, optimization of culture apparatus, development of harvesting and extraction technology, analytical and synthetic chemistry for reforming biomass products for future commercialization.

The Institute for Philosophy In Biology and Medicine (PhilInBioMed) is a network of interdisciplinary institutes in Australia, Austria, France, the UK and the USA. PhilInBioMed aims at advancing philosophy in the biological and medical sciences, i.e. the co-production of knowledge by the direct interactions of philosophers, biologists, and medical doctors.

The International Research Network Interstellar Institute () is managed on the French side by Marc-Antoine Miville-Deschênes, CNRS research director at the Astrophysics, Instrumentation & Modeling (AIM) Laboratory in Paris-Saclay, and on the American side by Joshua Peek, associate astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore.

The 27 core members of this network are located in institutes and universities in Australia, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Austria and Greece.

14 International Emerging Actions

International Emerging Actions are PI-to-PI projects whose purpose is to explore new fields of research and international partnerships through: short-term mobility of scientists, the organisation of working meetings, and the initiation of early-stage joint research works for shared scientific projects. These actions have a duration of two years.


The IEA MECAPOP (Underlying MEChAnisms of seabird POPulation performances at sea: spatio-temporal prey accessibility) is managed by Dr Claire Saraux (CNRS) in collaboration with Dr Andre Chiaradia (Phillip Island Nature Parks) and Dr Jonas Hentati-Sundberg (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).

The IEA PseudoSPECS project, is dedicated to the use of a newly developed method (Step Potential Electrochemical Spectroscopy-SPECS ) by our colleague Prof. Scott W. Donne from University of Newcastle (Australia) to unveil the pseudocapacitive behavior of electrode materials synthesized by Dr. Olivier Crosnier and Prof. Thierry Brousse (Université de Nantes, CNRS, Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, IMN, Nantes, France). Moreover, we target at coupling SPECS to in-situ or operando techniques (Mössbauer, XAS, XRD) used at IMN to clearly evaluate capacitive, pseudocapacitive and faradaic components of charge storage in these materials both from structural/chemical and electrochemical points of view.

The IEA Nanomobility (Resolving element mobility at the nanoscale in phosphate minerals), managed by Dr. Anne-Magali SEYDOUX-GUILLAUME (CNRS, Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon: Terre, Planète, Environnement, ENS, Université Lyon 1, France) in collaboration with the Geoscience Atom Probe group (Prof. Steve Reddy, Dr. Denis Fougerouse and Dr David Saxey) from the University of Curtin in Perth (Australia), will be effective in 2020 and 2021.


The IEA ROSIA (Remodelage Osseux et Scoliose Idiopathique de l’Adolescent : mieux comprendre les mécanismes de la maladie à travers des analyses expérimentales et l’application d’un modèle théorique / Bone remodeling and adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: to better understand the mechanisms of the disease through coupled experimental and theoretical approaches), managed by Prof. Vittorio Sansalone (MSME, UPEC) in collaboration with Prof. Peter Pivonka (BSRG, QUT), will be effective between 2020 and 2022.

The IEA Elixir (International Emerging Action – Electrogeneration of inorganic materials at liquid-liquid nano-interfaces) is managed by Dr Grégoire Herzog (CNRS, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique et Microbiologie pour les Matériaux et l’Environnement, Université de Lorraine) in collaboration with Prof Damien Arrigan (Curtin Institute for Functional Molecules & Interfaces, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Curtin University). The programme is effective from 2018 to 2020.



The IEA ECHAPH (International Emerging Action on Environmental Changes and Heritage in Atlantic and Pacific Hillforts), managed by Dr. Rita Soussignan (CNRS UMR 6566 CReAAH, Le Mans University) in collaboration with Pr. Nunn Patrick (University of the Sunshine Coast, School of Social Science) has started in 2020 and will run until the end of 2021.

IEA QUAP stand for Quantum Polaritonics. In the present context of blooming quantum technologies, the need for practical sources of quantum light are is pressing. The most developed solid-state systems proposed so far rely on advanced semiconductor nanotechnologies, in which nanometer-scale potential traps are engineered in order to confine electronic excitations into the quantum regime. The aim of QUAP is to explore an alternative strategy in which the electronic confinement is not required. The quantum regime is instead achieved by engineering a large Coulomb interaction between the electronic excitations, and stronger interaction with light. Such systems have the potential to be simple to fabricate and would be tunable to a much higher degree.

The International Emerging Action project « Staining and Tracking Sponge Cells to describe morphogenetic processes » (STraS) managed by Dr E. Renard, launched a collaboration between 3 French teams and one Australian team, in order to study and compare the cell biology of 3 sponge species with different features.

The IEA/PICS FAACS (French-Australian collaboration on Antartic Climate Science) is managed by Dr Ghislain Picard in collaboration with Dr Petra Heil.This collaboration is the follow-up of long-term collaborative research undertaken by two CNRS institutes:  Institut des Geosciences de l’Environnement (IGE, Grenoble)  and CEA-CNRS-UVSQ Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement (LSCE, Paris) in France, and the Australian Antarctic Division in Australia (Kingston, Tasmania).

The IEA SERINT managed by Dr Jean-Marie Maillard (LPTMC, UMR 7600, CNRS – Sorbonne Université, Paris) in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics & Statistics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Vic. Australia (Contact: Prof. A. J. Guttmann) is effective since 2018.

The IEA GOAL (International Emerging Action “The Neural Basis of goal-directed behaviour in rats“), managed by Dr. Etienne Coutureau (Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives et Intégratives d’Aquitaine, CNRS –Bordeaux University) in collaboration with Pr. Bernard Balleine (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia) has started in 2018 and will run until the end of 2020.


The IEA NAMICO (Natural and Mixed Convective mass transfer phenomena impacting solar building envelope performance in urban environment) is developed in partnership between the Centre d’Energétique et de Thermique de Lyon (CETHIL) UMR-CNRS 5008, Lyon, France, the University of New South Wells (School of Mechanical and Munufacturing Engineering) and the University of Sydney. It addresses the comprehension and the mastering of ventilated solar components such as double-skin facades, hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal collectors, Building integrated solar chimney, … that generate energy.


The IEA COMPEX (Towards exotic compositions of transition metal oxides used as positive electrode materials for Li or Na batteries) is developed in partnership between the Institut de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Bordeaux (ICMCB) UMR-CNRS 5026, Bordeaux, France and the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. It addresses structural changes at atomic scale during recycling of Li or Na batteries.