The LIA "Matter: structure and dynamics" reinforces an already long-standing collaboration in physics between French and Chilean research teams.
The LIA "Matter: structure and dynamics", created in 2016 at the initiative of the CNRS, combines the Physics laboratory at ENS de Lyon, the Laboratory of Physics and Mechanics of Heterogenous Environments and the Langevin Institute, and three Chilean institutions: the Universidad de Chile, the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso.
The scientific project, balanced between experimentation and theory, focuses on the physics of complex environments: a fundamental approach opening up opportunities in biophysics and geophysics.
What is a LIA? In order to structure collaboration between two research teams or laboratories (one in France and the other abroad) that already have joint publications, the creation of an International Associated Laboratory (LIA), a “laboratory without walls”, can be requested. The relationship between the two partners is formalized through a contract signed by the heads of both organizations, with provisions covering issues such as intellectual property rights. Human and material resources are pooled to carry out the project. Teams or laboratories associated through an LIA retain their separate autonomy, status, Director and location. The LIA activities are coordinated by two co-principal investigators and by a scientific steering committee.