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The Japanese University of Tsukuba, INRA and the University of Bordeaux reaffirm their long-term cooperation

On 27 March 2015, Hubert de Rochambeau, president of INRA’s Bordeaux-Aquitaine centre, Manuel Tunon de Lara, president of the Université de Bordeaux, and Hiroshi Ezura, professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, signed two agreements to reaffirm their commitment to building a shared project platform.This initial stage will set the wheels in motion for an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in 2017 between the three partners.

On 27 March 2015, Hubert de Rochambeau, president of INRA’s Bordeaux-Aquitaine centre, Manuel Tunon de Lara, president of the University of Bordeaux, and Hiroshi Ezura, professor at the University of Tsukuba in Japan, signed two agreements to reaffirm their commitment to building a shared project platform.This initial stage will set the wheels in motion for an International Associated Laboratory (LIA)  in 2016 between the three partners.. © INRA, Yaël Kouzmine
Updated on 01/17/2017
Published on 03/27/2015

Since 2007, the Joint Research Unit for Fruit Biology and Pathology (INRA-University of Bordeaux) has established a close scientific partnership with the Japanese University of Tsukuba in the field of plant sciences. This partnership, made official by the creation of a joint laboratory (the Tsukuba INRA Lab, or TIL), is active with regular exchanges of researchers, lecturers and students. The exchanges concern shared scientific issues, especially those regarding the implementation and use of genetic resources for the MicroTom dwarf tomato cultivar.

To prolong this collaboration, which promotes knowledge sharing and scientific excellence, INRA, the University of Bordeaux (IDEX) and the University of Tsukuba signed two agreements that set out their common ambitions:

  • An initial framework agreement to extend the bilateral commitment between INRA and the University of Tsukuba through their joint laboratory (TIL)
  • A tripartite memorandum of understanding whereby the partners commit to launch an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) in 2017.

This collective approach structures research and teaching cooperation while strengthening the international visibility of the research ecosystem in Bordeaux and boosting its attractiveness.

What is an International Associated Laboratory (LIA)?

An LIA is a “laboratory without walls” that brings together a French and a foreign laboratory to work on a common scientific project. This commitment is formalised through a signed agreement, which includes clauses pertaining to intellectual property protection. The two laboratories decide together to pool their human and material resources to further their scientific project while maintaining their autonomy and statutes that are specific to their countries’ regulatory frameworks. An LIA agreement is signed for a period of four years and can be renewed once.

INRA recently signed an agreement to create the OptiNutribrain LIA with the University of Laval, University of Bordeaux and the Institut national polytechnique de Bordeaux (the Bordeaux Institute of Technology).

>> Press release from the University of Tsukuba (in Japanese)