A new International Associated Laboratory (LIA) [fr]
Illustrating the great dedication that defines France-Canada relations in the field of research, the universities of Ottawa and Lyon, in partnership with the CNRS, signed an agreement regarding the creation of a new International Associated Laboratory (LIA). It is the 6th laboratory of this kind in Canada.
LIA-FUNCAT will allow for promotion of collaborative research between teams in each of the two countries, research that will focus on fundamental catalysis for green chemistry. Professor Philippe Sautet, a pre-eminent chemist at ENS Lyon, is the French coordinator for this project with his Canadian counterpart, the no less distinguished Dr. Tom Baker, who oversees the cutting-edge Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation. In the words of the Ambassador of France to Canada, Philippe Zeller: “the dynamic between the universities of Lyon and Ottawa is clear-cut and constructive, one that will serve as an example in the future.”
This LIA project is part of the initiatives taking place under the Enhanced Cooperation Program between France and Canada, on which the President of the Republic of France and the Prime Minister of Canada reached an agreement in 2013 and which provides for, in particular, increased development of new scientific and industry-oriented projects in the field of green technology.