In very different historical and economic contexts, China and France share a common concern about sustainable development, and in particular about the energy issues related to it.
The Chinese and French research communities in energetics and process engineering are more and more active in this field. Although they do not claim to cover it all by themselves, they believe to have a specific role and contribution, which this cooperation attempts to highlight. The LIA is hereby formed for a period of four years starting January 1, 2007.
The participants of LIA mainly belong to seven Chinese and six French laboratories, under the supervision and with the support of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), and with the cooperation of a number of Universities of both countries. Most of these laboratories have a long tradition of partnership, in particular in the framework of the Sino-French Collaboratory of Chemical and Environmental Engineering for Sustainable Development, which was a predecessor of the present structure in the period from 1998 to 2007.
The management team is composed of Pr. Tao ZHANG, DICP-CAS at Dalian, and Prof. Lingai LUO, LOCIE-Université de Savoie at Chambéry. The Executive Committee (Conseil de Direction) consists of all the directors of the participant laboratories. The Advisory Committee (Comité de Pilotage) comprises, on the French side, the directors of the department of Engineering and Informatics (ST2I) and the department of Environment and Sustainable Development (EDD) of CNRS, the director of the research program on Energy of the CNRS, the president of the Université de Savoie, and two independent scientific experts; and an equal number of corresponding persons from Chinese institutions. The "dual head office" of LSE is located respectively at Université de Savoie, and at DICP-Dalian.
The LSE will hold yearly plenary meetings, combined with visits to the partner's laboratories, alternatively in France and in China. On these occasions, the costs relative to the stay of the foreign visitors will be covered by the host country. Meetings of the Executive Committee and of the Advisory Committee will be organized in conjunction with these LSE meetings.
The LSE will promote concrete research projects between laboratories of both countries. For this purpose, it will in particular organize the allocation of scholarships and grants for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.