About us

The LIA Origins has been renewed for the 2013-16 years by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the CNRS.

China and France have signed in October, 22th 2008, in Beijing, an agreement to create an International Associated laboratory called "Origins" in the field of Astrophysics. Origins activities include research on the origin of the matter and energy in the Universe, origins of the galaxies and heavy elements and origins of planets including those possibly hosting life. Its main goals is to favour and support collaborations between chinese and french research teams, in both science and instrumentation.

LIA Origins

  • What are our origins?

  • Is the Universe made of 70% of dark energy?

  • Does its matter content include 80% of dark matter?

The way galaxies have been formed is still not elucidated including to identify the processes at the origin of the star formation from the gas.  Heavy elements have been created during these processes, and those are essential for the formation of telluric planets such as the earth, those hosting life.

The LIA Origins has been founded by an international agreement between chinese and french institutes (*). It is also supported by  the french embassy in China. The goals of the LIA Origins is to:

  • support and further develop existing collaborations in cosmology;
  • help the emergence of new collaborations in extra-solar planets;
  • support instrumental R&D including by preparing the emergence of new common projects in space & ground instrumentation.

The LIA agreement has been signed the October 22th 2008 at Beijing. It may support exchanges of researchers (short and mid-term visits),  Sino-French meetings & workshops, and all collaborative activities between chinese and french researchers, including in instrumentation.  Allocations of post-doctoral and PhD grants are foreseen.Mutual long visits and co-PhD grants will be highly welcomed in the framework.

First calls for organising these activities and support will be issued in the early 2009.

(*) chinese Institutes and Universities:

  • The National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • The Department of Astronomy of Peking University
  • The Department of Astronomy of Nanjing University
  • The Center for Astrophysics of the University of Science & Technology of China
french Institutes and Universities:
  • The Centre national de la recherche scientifique
  • The Observatoire de Paris
  • The Université Paris-Diderot
  • The Université Pierre et Marie Curie
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