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Strengthening Research Collaboration with Australia

Brussels, 6 March 2012

The EU and Australia have a long and successful history of cooperation in research and innovation. This cooperation is underpinned by a bilateral agreement for science and technology dating from 1994, which was the first such agreement signed by the EU. The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn is currently visiting Australia, as a formal guest of the Australian Government.

Today, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn is in Canberra where she will meet the Australian Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans to discuss the current cooperation and the prospects for increasing collaboration on new research and innovation topics of mutual interest. The Commissioner will then meet tomorrow with Professor Ian Chubb, Australia's Chief Scientist to exchange views on issues of common interest, such as increasing public trust in research and innovation and encouraging international cooperation to address global societal challenges.

Increasing cooperation with international partners in areas of common interest is a central element of Horizon 2020: the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020. Through working with international partners EU researchers will be able to tackle more effectively global research challenges, build scientific excellence and develop new and innovative industrial and enabling technologies.

While in Australia, the Commissioner will visit world class research facilities in Australia –the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, the Sydney Institute for Marine Sciences and the CSIRO High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre – which all have significant current cooperation with their European counterparts. She will also give a key note address at the annual conference of Universities Australia on 'Strengthening EU-Australian cooperation in research and innovation: the role of universities' and meet with key figures from the Australian research and innovation community, as well as corporate members of the European Australian Business Council.

For more information on:

International science and technology cooperation, please visit:  www.ec.europa.eu/research/inco
Horizon 2020, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm

Contacts

martin.penny@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32 2 295 4504
maria-antonia.jimenez-nevado@ec.europa.eu Tel: +32 2 2992192