Key words

Sustainable water management energy & waste ecology & eco-agriculture environment actions transversal actions Frech-Chinese cooperation Arcus Chongming Scientific partnership training research


4 axes
16 French partners
7 Chinese partners
12 research actions
78 French-Chinese publications or communications in 2008 and 2009
10 PhDs


500 000 euros
(900 000 consolited)



plaquette du projet ARCUS


In France
Michel Soulié
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 52

Paula Dias
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 13

In China :

Fengting LI


The project "ARCUS 2006 - Ecology and sustainable development, Languedoc-Roussillon/China"

Following contacts with the Shanghai Municipality, the French Ministry of foreign and European affairs (MAEE) entrusted Agropolis International with a feasibility study of the conditions to build a scientific partnership about ecology and environment. This study resulted in a project submitted to the call for proposals ARCUS (Actions en Régions de Coopération Universitaire et Scientifique), which was approved late 2006.


The project is co-funded in equal shares by the MAEE and the Languedoc-Roussillon Regional Government (total French budget: 500 000 euros). The aim of this project is to promote scientific exchanges between French and Chinese teams.

Agropolis International is the master-builder and is in charge of both financial and scientific management and coordination.

Project partners

  • In France

  • In China

Ce projet reunit un grand nombre de partenaires parfois situes en dehors de la region
Nom du partenaire Ville
University Montpellier 1 Montpellier
University Montpellier 2 Montpellier
University de Perpignan Via Domitia Montpellier
Polytech Montpellier
European Institute of Membranes Montpellier
CIRAD Montpellier
Montpellier SupAgro Montpellier
INRA Montpellier, Toulouse
University Lyon I Lyon
University J. Fourier – Grenoble Grenoble
National Institute of Applied Sciences Toulouse Toulouse
Université Rennes 1 Rennes
École Centrale Paris Paris
University Paul Sabatier - Toulouse Toulouse
Cnrs Montpellier
Chemical Engineering Sciences Laboratory Nancy Nancy


The scientific project includes 12 actions

Actions organised in 3 thematic axes
Action title

Membranes for the treatment of used waters
Innovative captors for water quality control
Processes for eliminating micropollutants
Treatment of used waters, an integrated approach
Transport and storage of energy
Environment friendly biodegradable materials from recyclable sources
Multifonctional biocatalytic materials for analysis, depollution & energy production
Tools for decision, evaluation, visualisation and monitoring of Chongming ecodevelopment
Improving and optimising forest peri-urban ecosystems in Chongming
Increasing biological biodiversity (plant, animal, microbial) peri-urban ecosystems in Chongming

Performant Eco-agriculture coupling preservation of soil and water resources with carbon sequestration and product quality

Role of potassium in plant adaptation to drought and salt stress (molecular and electrophysiological analyses


The activities include not only collaborative research and joint scientific publications, but also training for MSc or PhD students.
Between French and Chinese partners there are abundant exchanges of post-doctoral and senior researchers.
A 4th axis "TRANSVERSAL ACTIONS" includes coordination and management activities, exploratory missions, scientific seminars and a further support to trainee exchange.


  • a scientific seminar including all Chinese and French actions coordinators was held in Montpellier in December 2008 and allowed to present results and plan activities until the end of the project (December 2010)
  • the final scientific seminar of the Arcus project will be held in October 2010 at the Auditorium of the French Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China.


Upate on 20/03/12

In France
Michel Soulié
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 52
Paula Dias
Tel. : +33 (0)4 67 04 75 13

In China
Fengting LI

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