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France deepens science and technology ties with Singapore

Two new international research labs will be set up in Singapore as part of a series of science and technology agreements between Singapore and France signed on Friday.

SINGAPORE: Two new international research labs will be set up in Singapore as part of a series of science and technology agreements between Singapore and France signed on Friday.

The new Merlion-MajuLab will bring together research groups from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University.

It will cover a wide range of research, ranging from quantum physics to nanoscale physics and laser physics.

The other new research facility is the BioMechanics of Cellular Contacts Lab, which will involve CRNS and NUS researchers. Additionally, the CNRS' representative office for Southeast Asia will be relocated from Hanoi to Singapore's Biopolis.

Additionally, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche and the National Research Foundation to fund collaborative research projects between Singapore and France.

This will cover areas such as materials, nano technologies and nano systems.

An inaugural grant call for funding of up to S$1 million per project will be made in the second half of this year.

Mr Benjamin Dubertret, French Ambassador to Singapore says: "This day represents a milestone in our scientific cooperation, which is clearly a priority of our bilateral strategic partnership."
 

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