Dumont d’Urville: New research projects between France and New Zealand [fr]

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Each year, the Dumont d’Urville programme helps to enhance mobility of researchers between France and New Zealand. Created in November 2015, this programme is co-financed by France and New Zealand ministries. It aims at developing excellence science and technology exchanges between research laboratories, either private or public, by fostering new partnerships. Since its creation, more than 50 projects have benefited from it.

In November 2015, the programme celebrated its 10th anniversary, which was marked by a visit of French research institutes to New Zealand and their participation in a symposium in Wellington on bilateral research. CNRS, Inra, Irstea, Ifremer, IRD and IAC, as well as the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research all participated in these events.

Six new projects have been selected for 2016-2017 and will thus allow researchers to travel between the two countries (see table below). The projects cover research areas as diverse as agronomy, geosciences, citizen science, environmental biology and molecular biology.

ProjectNew Zealand PI and institutionFrance PI and institution
Utilising biodiversity of apricot germplasm to improve fruit quality for consumers Catherine Stanley / Plant & Food Research Sylvie Bureau / INRA
Biogeography of magnetotactic bacteria Richard Weld / Lincoln Agritech Christopher Lefevre / CNRS
Development of ssDNA aptamers for monitoring pesticides in the environment Shalen Kumar / Victoria University of Wellington Valérie Guieu / CNRS
A new South Island geothermal Prospect? Fractures and fluids associated with the Alpine Fault John Townend / Victoria University of Wellington Mai-Linh Doan / Université Joseph Fourier
Influence of nanopowders on the earthquake hazard from plate boundary fault zones Virginia Toy / University of Otago François Renard / Université Joseph Fourier
Plankton Planet-Sail4Science: an innovative citizen sailing oceanography to take the pulse of our oceans biodiversity and health Xavier Pochon / Cawthron Institute Colomban de Vargas / CNRS

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Dernière modification : 02/10/2017

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