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.
Based in Bangkok, Irasec is a French leading research unit dedicated to the study of Contemporary Southeast Asia. Supported by the French Foreign Affairs, it belongs to the large networks of the 27 CNRS research institutes abroad. Engaging the Humanities and Social Sciences in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, it analyzes the major developments that affect individually and collectively the Southeast Asian countries (Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste) and the Asean organization. Deeply anchored in the Thai academic landscape, the center is also developing partnerships all over the region.
A team of researchers seconded from France in the region, are completed by a network of associated researchers, Master trainers, PhD students and Post doc. Irasec researchers are organizing international events with local Universities in Southeast Asian countries, associating international confirmed researchers, young researchers and PhD students from Asia and Europe. Irasec also enhances public awareness of the region through debates. It copublishes books with international academic editors, mainly in French and in English, and provides free access to its online publications (Open Editions).
The IRL IRASEC is currently directed by Dr. CLaire Thi Liên Tran. It is one of the 75 IRL developed by the CNRS with strategic partners across the world and one of the 6 IRL in Southeast Asia. It is the only IRL in Thailand.
1 International Research Network
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 International Research Network Paleobiodiverity in South-east Asia is managed on the French side, by Dr. Valery ZEITOUN, CNRS research director at the Centre de Recherche en Paléontologie, Paris (UMR7207) with the administrative support of Angelina BASTOS. It has been launched in January 2015 and renewed in 2019.
2 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 FOOLFLY (International Emerging Action “Convergent evolution of deceptive pollination syndrome in Ceropegia and Aristolochia“), managed by Dr. Rumsaïs Blatrix (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, CNRS – Université de Montpellier – University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 – EPHE – IRD) in collaboration with Chulalongkorn University (Dr. Aroonrat Kidyoo), Bangkok, Thailand, will be effective in 2020 and 2021.
The IEA (PICS) CosmoGravity (New challenges for cosmology and gravitation), managed by Prof. Ignatios Antoniadis (CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique Theorique et Haute Energies, Sorbonne Universite, Faculte des Sciences, Campus Jussieu) in collaboration with Physics Department of Chulalongkorn University (Prof. Auttakit Chatrabhuti), Bangkok, is effective in 2018, 2019 and 2020.