The CNRS in the Joint Science & Innovation Meeting (JSIM) in Australia

Publié le 17 avril 2019
A la fin du mois de février 2019 une délégation du CNRS dirigée par Antoine Petit s'est rendue à Canberra pour participer à la réunion Science & Innovation (JSIM) entre la France et l'Australie, en présence de Mme Frédérique Vidal, ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l'Innovation.

From February 26th to February 28th 2019, a CNRS delegation, led by the Chairman and CEO, Antoine Petit, participated in the Joint Science and Innovation Meeting (JSIM) between France and Australia, in Canberra. The JSIM, organized by French and Australian authorities, is a milestone on the ongoing scientific collaboration between the two countries. It gathers research institutions, official representatives, funding agencies and researchers in order to take stock on the actual cooperation and draw the lines of a roadmap on new activities for the coming years. This JSIM has also been the occasion, for CNRS, to sign a number of important agreements with Australian partners, on different occasions, all of them in the presence of the French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal. The first signing ceremony on the 26th, has been organized at the French Embassy in Canberra. Antoine Petit signed three agreements : A Letter of Intent with Naval Group and three Universities in Adelaide to launch in a near future the creation of a common structure enhancing the cooperation on human-machine cooperation and autonomous systems ; A Letter of Intent for the creation of a network on conversion and energy storage with four Australian universities ; An International Research Laboratory on photonics with five Australian partners and ten French partners. On the following day, on the Australian National University (ANU) campus for astronomy, Mont Stromlo, the CNRS and the ANU signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to launch a joint call for PhD grant support. Finally, the Australian Academy of Sciences, organized an important event at the end of the day, in the framework of the 80th birthday of CNRS with Australian and French research institutions and researchers, all of them contributing to the Franco-Australian scientific cooperation, during which CNRS signed a MoU with the CSIRO and an Agreement for the creation of an International Research Laboratory on membrane biogenesis with the University of Melbourne, University of Grenoble and INSERM.

Along with the JSIM, 6 thematic workshops have been organized, with the participation of several CNRS researchers, for establishing new objectives for the Franco-Australian scientific collaboration. The 6 topics were the following : Health ; Industry 4.0, Climate, environment and Marine sciences ; Ecology and Agriculture ; Space and Earth observation ; Mining-Materials and Energy. This visit to Australia took place one year after the visit of President Macron and in the context of the enhancement of the overall Franco-Australian political cooperation.

CNRS celebrating its 80th anniversary at the Australian Academy of Science

Credits : DERCI

ANU Vice-Chancellor Brian P. Schmidt and CNRS Chairman and CEO Antoine Petit sign a strategic partnership and launch a joint call for PhD grant support, in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, French Minister for Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Crédits : ANU

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