Australia and Europe will increase cooperation on international research projects covering everything from energy to nanotechnology to ICT, thanks to recent high-level meetings with key European Commission officials.
Following the eleventh Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee meeting held in Sydney last month, the Australian Government has agreed to provide $750,000 over the next 12 months to pursue agreed research outcomes.
The funding is from the Government’s International Science Linkages program.
The focus will be on outcomes in health; biotechnology, agriculture and food; environment; energy; ICT; nanotechnologies; research infrastructures; and researcher mobility, networks and communication.
Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said Australia and Europe have a proud history of cooperation at the cutting edge of research.
“Australia was the first non-European country to sign a treaty-level science and technology agreement with the EU,” Senator Carr said.
“It is important we continue this strong relationship as we tackle pressing global challenges like climate change, clean energy and environmental sustainability.
“The recent meeting was an opportunity to extend our many areas of cooperation.
“As a result of these discussions, I hope more of our scientists and researchers will soon begin work with their European counterparts on important health issues such as regenerative medicine, diabetes and obesity.
“This cooperation gives Australian researchers access to the best that Europe has to offer in these and other important fields.
“The cooperation is a two-way street. This is demonstrated by the fact that over 40 per cent of jointly published research articles by Australian scientists have a European partner, making Europe by far our largest international collaborator.”