Why Aur@sia

Active for over 40 years

CNRS has been active in Asia for over 40 years, nurturing collaborations initiated through a “bottom-up” process by the researchers themselves, producing joint outputs and thus building trust with partners along the way.

In line with its interdisciplinary approach, CNRS wants to bring together its joint units in Asia and their respective CNRS institutes to foster dialogue and collaboration. The initiative builds on the experience of the units specialising on information sciences and engineering and systems sciences, who established the AURA network in 2010 (Association des Unités de Recherche en Asie).

Such a meeting provides an ideal venue for our Asian partners from academic and research institutions, as well as industry partners and private foundations, to join and participate in a high-level symposium on the challenges facing research, society and industry, and how the three can come together and overcome them.

The 20 CNRS units based in Asia

The AUR@SIA symposium will bring together the 20 units, representatives from CNRS and from partner organizations. Wide-ranging poster sessions and high-level panels will stimulate the network to brainstorm and share far-reaching insights and ideas.

It now counts over 130 projects, 4 representative offices, 14 international joint units (full-fledged CNRS laboratories based in Asia) and 5 joint units in social sciences (in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), with 15 Asian partners.

About The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

  • The largest European scientific institution
  • 31,944 employees, including 11,106 researchers and 13,511 engineers
  • Budget: €3.3 billion (2016)
  • 1,083 laboratories, all disciplines covered (2016)
  • 21 Nobel laureates, 12 Fields Medals
  • Leading French organization for scientific co-operation in Asia
  • 4 representation offices in Asia: Singapore (for ASEAN countries), Tokyo (Japan, Korea), Beijing (China, Mongolia) and New Delhi (India)


For more information,

Antoine Mynard

Bureau du CNRS en Chine,
Ambassade de France en Chine, Bureau 1114-1117,
60 Tianze lu, Liangmaqiao, 3ème quartier diplomatique,
Chaoyang District Beijing 100600

Tel : (00 86 10) 8531 2264, Fax: (00 86 10) 8531 2269

Arnaud Lalo

Direction Europe de la recherche et cooperation internationale (DERCI)
CNRS – Centre national de la recherche scientifique
3, rue Michel-Ange, F75794 Paris Cedex 16, France

T. +33 1 44 96 48 28, M. +33 7 78 90 55 35



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