Centre international d'études supérieures en sciences agronomiques, France

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Academic Exchange Arrangement Between the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada and the Centre International d'Études Supérieures en Sciences Agronomiques, France

Whereas the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food of Canada ("AAFC"), a Canadian federal department, is applying its science and innovation resources in order to achieve world leadership in environmentally responsible agricultural production, in food safety and food quality, in global consumer confidence and in increased profitability and growth through new economic opportunities and enhanced investor confidence;

Whereas the Centre International d'Études Supérieures en Sciences Agronomiques, France ("Montpellier SupAgro") is a French higher education and research institution offering academic programs in agriculture, agrifood, environment, biodiversity, land and renewable natural resources management; and developing in partnership with institutions of other countries research and sustainable development activities and scientific exchange in the form of research projects, studies and internships completed by its students and research professors;

Whereas AAFC and Montpellier SupAgro, hereinafter referred to as the "Participants", have a common interest in research, training and technology transfer;

Now therefore, based on principles of trust, equality and mutual benefits, the Participants have come to the following understanding:

1. Objective

The objective of this Academic Exchange Arrangement ("AEA") is to establish a framework to encourage further scientific and academic cooperation between the Participants in the sectors of agriculture and agri-food science and technology.

2. Priority Areas

The cooperation intended by this AEA may be realized in the areas of agricultural, agri-food sciences and technologies that are of mutual interest and that the Participants will determine.

3. Forms of Cooperation

The Participants envisage the following forms of cooperation under this AEA:

  1. Hosting of students in AAFC laboratories and exchange of research personnel; and
  2. Development of cooperative scientific and academic activities such as research projects, course, conferences, symposia and technology transfer

4. Implementation and Coordination

  1. This AEA will be managed by a Coordination Committee composed of a representative named by the Chief Scientist, International, AAFC, and a representative named by the Director General of Montpellier SupAgro.
  2. The Coordination Committee will manage the administrative matters and will report annually to the Chief Scientist, International, AAFC and the Director General, Montpellier SupAgro on the progress and achievement of the activities of collaboration arising under this AEA.

5. Cooperative Arrangement and Financing

  1. Prior to carrying out specific activities falling within the scope of this AEA, the relevant authorities of the Participants will prepare a cooperative arrangement with regard to that specific activity.
  2. Unless otherwise provided in the cooperative arrangement, each of the Participants will bear the costs of its participation in all cooperative activities. Each cooperative activity will be subject to the availability of funds, resources and personnel of each of Participants, and all activities will be conducted in accordance with the laws, statutes, regulations and policies of the Participants' respective countries.
  3. Each cooperative arrangement will be signed according to the respective policies of the Participants. The signing authority for each of the Participants will keep the Coordination Committee annually informed of the progress and results of each cooperative activity.
  4. With regard to the exchange of research personnel and students, each cooperative exchange arrangement will set out the number of personnel from each Participant who will be permitted to conduct research activities, give lectures, or take part in research activities with the other Participant. To that effect the cooperative exchange arrangement defining the activities governing these exchanges will mention that: (1) the Participant receiving personnel and students will provide them with a safe and healthy environment for the conduct of the activities; (2) the visiting personnel and students will conduct their activities in conformity with the laws, statutes and regulations in force in the receiving Participant's country and with the policies of the receiving Participant; and (3) the sending Participant will take the appropriate measures to cover the health and safety of the personnel and students it is sending by providing insurance coverage or any other indemnification measure acceptable to the receiving Participant.
  5. For each cooperative research project or activity, a cooperative project arrangement will include: (1) the name and the participants of the cooperative research arrangement; (2) the objectives and time period; (3) the responsibilities of the participants and the division of tasks between the Participants; (4) the plan for the execution of the activities; (5)  resource commitments and sources of funding of each of the Participants; (6) provisions for the duration of the arrangement and amendments; (7) provisions concerning confidential information and the rights connected with any intellectual property, and the identification of the laws and regulations applicable; (8) the determination of the applicable domestic law; (9) provisions concerning the possible participation of other participants; (10) a conflict resolution clause; (11) a termination clause; (12) the names of the points of contact; and (13) any other necessary provisions.

6. Intellectual Property

There will be no commercial intellectual property resulting from the cooperation under this AEA. Should the Participants foresee that activities within the scope of this AEA may lead to the creation of commercial intellectual property, the Participants will decide in advance, in cooperative arrangements, mentioned in Paragraph 5(e), as to the ownership of any intellectual property rights and any other provisions relative to those rights. Ownership of those rights will be reflected in an intellectual property agreement signed by the relevant authorities of the Participants.

7. Coming into Effect and Duration

  1. This AEA will come into effect on the date of the last signature and will remain in effect for a period of four (4) years. It may be extended upon mutual written consent of the Participants.
  2. This AEA may be amended at any time by mutual written consent of the Participants.
  3. Any Participant may terminate this AEA by giving the other Participant a written notice, ninety (90) days in advance, of its decision to terminate this AEA. Termination will not affect activities already signed between the Participants and already underway at the time of termination.

8. Interpretation and Conflict Resolution

It is the intention of the Participants that this AEA not create any legally binding obligations under international law or under the Participants' domestic law. Nothing in this AEA modifies any arrangement or any other bilateral or reciprocal arrangement that the Participants may have. Any misunderstanding or difference arising out of the interpretation or application of this AEA will be settled amicably by the Participants through consultation or negotiation and no court will have jurisdiction.

Signed in duplicate in Ottawa on the 4th day of July, 2007 and in Montpellier on the 10 day of July, 2007 in the English and French languages, each version being equally valid.

For the Department of Agriculture
and Agri-food of Canada

Yvon Martel
Chief Scientist, International

For the Centre International d'Études Supérieures
en Sciences Agronomiques
, France

Etienne Landais
Director General