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Creation of a Franco-Chilean international associated laboratory on mining systems in the Atacama Desert

26 June 2015

The CNRS and its Chilean partners (Universidad Católica del Norte, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Arturo Prat and Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano) formalised the creation of the international associated laboratory “Mining systems in the Atacama Desert” – LIA MINES ATACAMA.
The LIA also involves Université Rennes 2, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense and Université Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle.

The research theme addresses mining problems, from pre-Inca settlements to current operations and through all its typological variety (metallic and non-metallic mining, either above or below ground, at small or large scale).

The creation of the LIA was formalized through a ceremony in the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Paris, in the presence of Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French Minister of National education, Higher education and Research.

The agreement was signed by François-Joseph Ruggiu, Deputy Scientific director of the CNRS Institute of Human and Social Sciences (INSHS) and by rectors and representatives of the universities involved.
During this ceremony, the International Joint Unit (UMI) “Mathematical Modelling Centre” was renewed for 4 years.
This UMI, created in 2000 with Universidad de Chile, was the first one in the area of mathematics.

Signature of the LIA MINES ATACAMA

Background - From left to right: Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, French Minister of National education, Higher education and Research. Signatories, from left to right : Ennio Vivaldi Véjar, rector of the University of Chile, Maria Cecilia Hernandez Vera, Vice-President Research and Technological Development of the Catholic University of the North, Olivier David, President of Rennes 2 University, François-Joseph Ruggiu, Deputy Scientific Director of the CNRS Institute of Human and Social Sciences.

Signatories, from left to right : Sergio Gonzalez Miranda, Executive Director of the Universidad Arturo Pratt International Studies Institute, José Bengoa Cabello, rector of the Academy of Christian Humanism University, Carle Bonafous-Murat, President of Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Jean-François Balaudé, President of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense University.