Updated 22/01/21

The IRD supports the creation of joint research laboratories with its partners: JEAI (Junior Teams Associated to IRD, support of one time 3 years), LMI (International Joint Laboratories, support of 2 times 5 years maximum), UMI (International Joint Units, without limited duration, renewable every 5 years) or laboratories created by agreements. Since 1995, 11 JEAI and 10 joint laboratories (7 LMIs, 1 UMI and 2 other laboratories) have been supported by IRD in Vietnam.

Junior teams associated to IRD (JEAI)

  • JEAI PLASTIC (UMR MIO), 2019 – 2021 : PLastic in the Aquatic environment: Sources, Transport, Ingestion, Contamination

    Director KIEU-LE Thuy Chung, HCMUT GEOPET
    Correspondent Emilie STRADY, UMR MIO

    The JEAI PLASTIC (PLastic in the Aquatic environment: Sources, Transport, Ingestion, Contamination) is a collaboration between HCMUT (Ho Chi Minh University of Technology) and IRD. It is an interdisciplinary team that aims to create a group of researchers interested in the sources, transport, ingestion and contamination of microplastics in the river-estuary-coastal zone continuum.


  • JEAI WARM (UMI UMMISCO), 2018 – 2021 : Développer un framework pour l’optimisation des opérations des systèmes d’irrigation

    Director NGUYEN Ngoc Doanh, MSLab, CSE, Thuyloi University
    Correspondent  NGUYEN-HUU Tri, UMI UMMISCO

    The JEAI WARM (WAter Resources and disaster Management) is a collaboration between TLU (Thuyloi University) and IRD. It is an interdisciplinary team that aims to create a modelling group in mathematics and computer science whose objective is to design a decision support system to optimize the operation of irrigation systems, based on economic and political objectives and minimizing the negative effects of water use on the environment. 


  • JEAI RECYCURBS_VIET (UMR CESSMA), 2017 – 2019 : Collecte et recyclage des déchets dans Hanoi : dynamiques urbaines et recomposition métropolitaine

    Director NGUYEN Thai Huyen, Université d’Architecture de Hanoi
    Correspondent  Sylvie FANCHETTE, UMR CESSMA

    The JEAI RECYCURBS_VIET is a collaboration between HAU (Hanoi University of Architecture) and IRD. It is an interdisciplinary team composed of urban planners-architects, landscape, environment and planning specialists who seek to understand the functioning of the network of informal collectors of recyclable waste, its structuring and sustainability in a context of privatization of public spaces, growth and diversification of the volume of waste linked to economic growth.


  • JEAI EID (UMR 224 MIVEGEC) 2016 – 2020 : Epidemiology Intelligence Division

    Director PHAM Quang Thai, NIHE
    Correspondent Marc CHOISY, UMR MIGEVEC

    The JEAI EID (Epidemiology Intelligence Division) is a collaboration between NIHE (National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology) and IRD. This team aims to create a statistical, mathematical and computational modeling group within NIHE to develop tools to make inferences about the biological mechanisms of infectious diseases, make quantitative predictions, perform foresight and develop control policies.



Joint laboratories (IJL, UMI, others)

  • LMI LECZ-CARE: Low Elevation Coastal zone in south of vietnam, Analysis of water Resources and Evolutions (2019-2021)

    Partners: Ho Chi Minh University of Technology,  IRD (UMR 5001 IGE, UMR 5566 LEGOS, UMR 7294 MIO, UMR 183 G-EAU) Grenoble INP (ENSE3)

    Directors: Pr. Nguyen Phuoc Dan (HCMUT), Dr. Marc Descloitres (IGE)

    In the space of a few years, the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City areas have undergone such profound changes that we can speak of a new paradigm. Adapting to these changes is essential to ensure food, environmental and economic security for the 25 million inhabitants of the delta/coastal continuum. During its first five years of existence, CARE (Asian Centre for Water Research) has developed partnerships on the theme of water resources, conducting interdisciplinary researches. With LECZ-CARE, the ambition is to valorize the research actions of all the partners involved in this laboratory dedicated to the Mekong Delta region, to create the necessary conditions to gather initiatives around calls for projects, to strengthen international collaborations in the Low Elevation Coastal Zone (LECZ) in the south of Vietnam, and to propose an integrated and global vision of water resources in this threatened region by addressing three major societal issues around: quality, risks, and water-related technologies.


  • LMI DRISA: Drug Resistance in Southeast Asia (2016-2020)

    Partners: National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (Hanoi), IRD (UMR 224 MIVEGEC), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Hanoi, Institut Pasteur du Cambodge (IPC), Centre d’Infectiologie Christophe Mérieux du Laos (Vientiane), Laboratoire des Pathogènes Emergents (Fondation Mérieux - Lyon), Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (Hanoi).
    Directors: Pr. Dang Duc Anh (NIHE), Dr. Anne-Laure Bañuls (MIVEGEC)

    Antibiotic resistance is currently posing real problems in human and veterinary health worldwide, particularly with the emergence of increasingly resistant strains. Souh-East Asia, which is the epicentre of many infectious diseases, is also a major source of resistant and multi-resistant bacteria. In this alarming context, controlling their emergence and transmission has become a priority for all public health systems in the region. The aim of DRISA is to gain insight into the mechanisms of emergence of resistance and transmission on different spatial and temporal scales. This will be achieved by developing complementary approaches involving (1) observational studies in hospital and community settings and in various environments, (2) experimental research, and (3) mathematical modeling.


  • LMI LOTUS: Study center for the Land Ocean aTmosphere coUpled System (2018-2022)

    Partners: IRD (UMR 5566 LEGOS), CNRS (UMR 5560 LA, UMR 8187 LOG), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Hanoi, Académie des Sciences et Technologies du Vietnam (IMER, IO, STI)
    DirectorsDr. Marine Herrmann (LEGOS / USTH), Pr. Ngo Duc Thanh (USTH)

    The scientific objective of LOTUS is to understand and monitor the functioning and variability of the transport and fate of water and associated materials in the coupled atmosphere-continent-ocean system of the coastal regions of Vietnam and South-East Asia. Deltas are key regions of this system: they are located at the interface between the continent and the ocean and are subject to a wide range of natural and anthropogenic influences. It is therefore essential to identify and understand the processes that control the flow of water and matter in these regions and their interactions with oceanic and continental areas. The objective of LOTUS is to focus on understanding which physical and biogeochemical processes control the transport and fate of water and matter across the river-estuarine-coastal-open ocean region, which natural and anthropogenic factors are involved in the different scales of variability in this transport and fate, and how these processes and scales of variability can be observed and represented by modelling.


  • LMI LUSES: Impacts of Land Use changes on Soil Ecosystems Services (2012-2021)

    Partners: IRD (UMR 242 iEES-Paris, UMR 210 Eco&Sols, UMR 234 GET), DALaM, Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry (Laos), National University of Laos (NUoL), Land Development Department (Thaïlande), Khon Kaen University (Thaïlande), Kasetsart University (Thaïlande), Chiang Mai University (Thaïlande), Soils and Fertilizers Research Institute (Vietnam), Institute of Chemistry, VAST (Vietnam), Université des sciences et des technologies de Hanoi (Vietnam)

    Directors: Dr. Nivong Sipaseuth, DALaM (Laos), Dr. Alain Pierret (IEES-Paris)

    The land-use changes currently occurring in South-East Asia are strongly determined by two broad categories of triggers, namely changes in government policies and market changes. The objective of LUSES is to bring together the efforts of French and SEA institutions that share a common interest in research on the understanding of co-evolving social and agricultural systems in order to generate knowledge and build capacity to support the sustainable management of the region's agro-ecosystems. Recognizing that there is no "one-size-fits-all recipe", LUSES researchers are studying diverse biophysical and socio-economic contexts in order to improve their capacity to effectively manage the maintenance of soil ecosystem services in agro-ecosystems.

  • UMI UMMISCO: Unité de Modélisation Mathématique et Informatique des Systèmes Complexes (2006-2024)

    Partners: IRD, Sorbonne Université, Université Cadi Ayyad (Marrakech, Maroc), Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar, Sénégal), Université Gaston Berger (Saint-Louis, Sénégal), Université Yaoundé 1 (Cameroun), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Hanoi (Vietnam)

    Director of UMMISCO Vietnam: Pr. Nguyen Ngoc Doanh (TLU)

    Recognizing that many issues related to sustainable development require the integration of multiple knowledge, viewpoints and scales of observation of the real world, and that the global dynamics of the systems concerned are the result of complex interactions between their abiotic, biological, ecological and social components, UMMISCO's scientific themes are dedicated to the design of mathematical and computer modelling approaches and tools that enable us to better apprehend and understand the emerging dynamics of "complex systems", to draw up their most probable evolution scenarios, and ultimately to feed into decision-making in the field of sustainable development.




  • Laboratoire ICTLab (2015-2021)

    Partners: IRD (UMI 209 UMMISCO), Université de La Rochelle (L3I), VAST-IOIT (Hanoi), Université des Sciences et Technologies de Hanoi (Vietnam)

    Directors: Pr. Trang Giang Son (USTH), Dr. Pierre Larmande (IRD DIADE)

    In recent years, the assessment and management of complex socio-environmental systems has increasingly relied on the design and use of computer models as a means of informing and sometimes supplementing human decision-making. However, the scale of the problems that exist today, together with the simultaneous abundance of raw data and the scarcity of information available on these systems, argue in favour of the development of methods that cover all aspects of decision-making. The ICTLab's objective is to design and deliver such methods by conducting research in various fields of informatics such as modelling and simulation, machine learning and data mining, image and speech processing, information retrieval, sensor networks and embedded systems, high-performance computing and bioinformatics.