Updated 05/09/23

IRD researchers in Laos give courses at the National University of Laos. They also offer seminars, workshops and specific training activities, especially in laboratories. They supervise master and PhD students.

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Echantillonnage d'eau et de sédiments, Laos

  • Training in hydrological modeling with SWAT

    Training sessions are organized by Laurie BOITHIAS (GET) with the SWAT+ tool (Bieger et al., 2017). The objective is to acquire basic notions of numerical modeling. The training allows participants to use the tool, manipulate input and output files (time series, maps), and implement the model on their study field. This course welcomes participants from Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and France.

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  • INOWASIA Erasmus+ project for Water-Oriented Jobs in Southeast Asia

    Logo INOWASIAINOWASIA creates a pluridisciplinary water-oriented education program bringing together water science, soil science, biological science and eco-engineering. INOWASIA aims to develop free on-line basic and advanced water courses, implemented in the existing master’s degrees and PhD programs of Higher Education Institutions from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. INOWASIA brings a new way of education in the SouthEast Asia universities through the promotion of PBL (Problem based Learning) and WOLL (Water Oriented Living Lab). INOWASIA trains students and teachers, and promotes the implementation of innovative hybrid methods, combining on-line formation with problem-based learning, a student-centred educational methodology that promotes the development of personal abilities and skills.

    INOWASIA aims to foster entrepreneur and business culture among the students and future young water professionals through field trips, short visits to success cases among local initiatives, and long stay internships in water companies and administrations. At last, INOWASIA promotes an international multilevel network of students, academics, professionals, and stakeholders in the field of water resources to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration to find new and creative solutions to water challenges, through the Academic and Professional Committee (APC).


    INOWASIA is an ERASMUS+ project funded for 4 years (2021-2024) and co-managed by the University of Girona (Spain), the Fundation for Science of the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Toulouse (France) and the IRD (France). 


    Six SEA universities participate:

    In Vietnam:

    • Hanoi University of Science (HUS)
    • Can Tho University (CTU)

    In Laos:

    • National University of Laos (NUOL)
    • Souphanouvong University (SU)

    In Cambodia:

    • Institut de Technologie du Cambodge (ITC)
    • National University of Battambang (NUBB)


    More information: https://inowasia.com/


    Our social networks:

    - linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/company/80751809/admin/  

    - facebook: https://www.facebook.com/INOWASIA

    - Twitter: #INOWASIA


    IRD Members:

    Didier Orange, Eco&Sols (PI WP5 Dissemination)

    Alain Brauman, Eco&Sols

    Nancy Rakotondrazafy, Eco&Sols

    Sylvain Massuel, G-Eau


    Contact: Didier Orange


    INOWASIA team (Montpellier visit with Eco&Sols and G-EAU, France, May 2022)


  • PhD students in Laos

    Jean-Marc Dubost

    Jean-Marc Dubost (23.09.1960) is a PhD student at the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (UMR 7206 - Éco-Anthropologie et Ethnobiologie). He worked on a thesis co-directed by Sabrina Krief (MNHN) and Eric Deharo (IRD) entitled "Animal self-medication and traditional medicine: from the medicinal selection behaviours of Asian elephants to the human pharmacopoeia". He defended his thesis on February 18 at the Musée de l'Homme in Paris

    With the support of the Elephant Conservation Center, the Ekhagastiftelsen Foundation, the Fondation Eensemble and the association Savoirs & Biodiversité, a 3-minute video clip was produced to illustrate the thesis work.

    UMR 7206 - Éco-Anthropologie et Ethnobiologie
    MNHN - Muséum national d'histoire naturelle


    Philavanh Sitbounlang

    Philavanh Sitbounlang (07.04.87) is a medical doctor at the Faculty of Medicine in Vientiane (Laos) in charge of hepatitis diagnostics at the Lao Christophe Mérieux Infectiology Center. She is doing her PhD under the supervision of Eric Deharo (IRD), Stéphane Bertani (IRD) and Pascal Pineau (Institut Pasteur) on the theme: "Study of the clinical and biological evolution of patients with viral hepatitis in Laos".

    Mérieux Foundation


    Damien Philippon

    Damien Philippon (02.06.1993) is a PhD student at the School of public health, the university of Hong Kong (Hong Kong SAR, Chine). He is doing a PhD thesis under the supervision of Benjamin Cowling (HKU), Eric Lau (HKU) and Peng Wu (HKU) on the topic: "Agent-based modeling of zoonotic diseases: the examples of avian influenza and dengue". He is currently collaborating on the Ecomore 2 project in Laos on the representation of dengue in the city of Vientiane, in partnership with IRD and the Institut Pasteur du Laos.

    Institution :
    The University of Hong Kong


    Khemngeun Pongmala

    Khemngeun Pongmala (21.11.1981), Research Fellow at the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the National University of Laos, is a PhD student at the University of Toulouse II - Paul Sabatier. Her research topic is: "The influence of soil properties and land use on the presence and dissemination of Burkholderia pseudomallei in the environment, in Laos". This research is conducted in partnership with LOMWRU and DALaM (Laos Department of Agricultural and Land Management).

    Having obtained a grant from the French Embassy, she is carrying out a thesis in international co-supervision with University of Toulouse II, under the co-direction of Mr. Olivier Ribolzi (IRD - UMR GET), Mrs. Amphone Vongvixay (Vice-Director of the Environmental Engineering Department in Laos and Doctor of the University of Rennes) and Alain Pierret (IRD - UMR iEES-Paris).

Structural training projects (PSF)

PSF is an IRD training programme, co-sponsored by IRD laboratories and their Southern counterparts. It is part of the Institute's commitment to strengthening research capacities in Southern countries.

The objectives of the PSF are to:

  • To contribute to the training of students, teacher-researchers, researchers, engineers and technicians from Southern countries
  • To strengthen the policies of university sites in the North and South and their mutual links
  • To enrich through training IRD research projects or partnership research mechanisms (JEAI, LMI, IRN)