The International Associated Laboratory (LIA) Sediment transport and landscape Dynamics in central Asia 地貌过程与景观动力学法 (created in 2012) brings together EVS (Hervé Piegay), the Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon: Terre, planète, environnement (Francis Albarède) in France and the Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography as well as the Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the University of Lanzhou in China.
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.