Monthly Archives: April 2017


Bulletin de veille science et technologie – Ambassade de France en Australie – Science and Technology Newsletter – Embassy of France in Australia

The Embassy of France is delighted to send you the April Science and Technology Newsletter.

L’Ambassade de France en Australie a le plaisir de vous adresser l’édition d’avril 2017 du bulletin de veille Science et Technologie édité par le poste.

Bulletin ST-avril 2017

FASIC fellowships 2017

The deadline is now on the 7th of May 2017!

The FASIC Program is a fund to support high calibre early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support both countries’ research and innovation priorities.

Applicants should propose a collaborative research activity that has been developed in consultation with the host organisation in Australia. Proposals will be assessed on the scientific merit of the researc. A special attention will be paid to teams actively involving young researchers, PhDs and postdocs, as well as to teams initiating new research partnerships, especially with industry.

More about FASIC on the Campus France website




La conférence FUSION17, Hobart du 19 au 24 février

Cette conférence internationale a regroupé environ 90 physiciens spécialistes des réactions nucléaires dites de “basse énergie”. La France était présente, avec 8 représentants, venus de laboratoires Français ou travaillant hors de France. L’étude de réactions permettant de former de nouveaux éléments dits super lourds était au cœur de cette conférence. Il s’agit en effet d’un sujet d’actualité, avec l’annonce en 2016 de la confirmation de 4 nouveaux éléments: le Nihonium Nh, le Moscovium Mc, le Tennessine Ts et l’Oganesson Og avec respectivement 113, 115, 117 et 118 protons. De nouveaux accélérateurs tels que SPIRAL2 à Caen sont en cours de construction pour étudier les isotopes de ces nouveaux éléments, voire, pour former de nouveaux noyaux. Parmi les chercheurs français qui ont pu venir grâce à une subvention de l’ambassade de France en Australie, Guillaume Fruet, doctorant de l’Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien de Strasbourg, a obtenu le prix de la meilleure présentation orale de jeunes chercheurs lors de la conférence.


Visit of an Australian delegation to France

In the current context of science and innovation bilateral cooperation strengthening, a high-level Australian delegation will go to Lyon on the 28th of April, 2017, on the occasion of an Europe trip, which will include two preliminary stages in Germany and in Switzerland.

This delegation is led by the Chief Scientist Alan FINKEL, who is the Australian federal Government Adviser for science and innovation. It will consist mainly of representatives of the Australian Growths Centers, recent institutions with missions comparable to our French poles of competitiveness.

This delegation’s objective is to better understand the French poles of competitiveness ways of work, and more widely, the modus operandi of the French partnership, as well as the valuation and transfer methods of the results of the research into the economic sphere.

Europe2017 Innovation Delegation Publication



Call for applications Collegium, Advanced Studies Institute of Lyon

The Collegium selection process is designed to allow for high-level applications and most innovative projects to emerge, while ensuring equality between the applicants, transparency of the process and the respect of the provided data.
The candidates can submit original projects or projects on specific research themes. Generally speaking, projects within the scope of one of the three priority themes of the IDEXLYON (Initiative d’excellence) will be reviewed sympathetically. The three IDEX themes are Bio-Health and society, Science and engineering, and Humanities and urbanity.

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Dr Anne Rios on creating one of the world’s most innovative 3D imaging techniques to detect breast cancer

Dr Anne Rios, researcher in breast cancer at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, was awarded the Neil Lawrence prize at the 2016 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards for her project entitled ‘A journey into the unexpected: A 3D view of breast cancer’.

She has developed a new 3D imaging technique that allows scientists to visualise entire breast tissues down to a single-cell level. She is the only researcher in Australia – and one of the few in the world – to do this.

With this technology, she gets an unprecedented view of this organ. It has already led to surprising insights into the normal development of the mammary gland, but it can also be used to screen, in close detail, large areas of breast tissue to detect any abnormal cell behaviour that could lead to breast cancer.

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This symposium aims to share the last scientific advances on cancer and  resistance to treatments. It is supported by AFRAN, as it is the continuation of a fruitful collaboration between the team of the CRCL (Cancer Research Centre of Lyon) and the university of Melbourne.

The official launch of the first LIA, Associated International Laboratory, supporting common research projects between the Inserm CRCL and the university of Melbourne, should conclude this workshop.

To see the program: 21April2017-Heterogeneity Symposium

AFRAN Call for Projects 2017

Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation


Call for Projects



France and Australia share a strong commitment to scientific excellence, illustrated by the number, breadth and quality of the collaboration existing between researchers from our two countries. Associations and Networks seek to federate these researchers and foster the creation and strengthening of scientific partnerships. Benefiting from both the experience of a dedicated board of researchers and volunteer members (AFAS ACT) and the network and the resources of the Embassy of France to Australia (FRAN), AFRAN has become a central platform supporting partnerships of excellence between France and Australia.



In 2016, AFRAN offered grants to members of the Association to support the organisation of workshops and other activities aimed specifically at creating structured collaborations within the perimeter of AFRAN and/or between France and Australia.

In 2017, the association will offer funding up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) towards logistics and/or travel costs for selected projects.
This program only funds projects initiated by members of AFRAN. As a consequence, this program does not consider applications for participation in external conferences and seminars, nor applications for individual travel to a partner’s laboratory, unless it is indispensible for the development of such aforementioned workshops or activities.

This program will be organised annually.



Applications are open to researchers and other professionals of any nationality and seniority level who are members of AFRAN. To be eligible, a project must:

  1. Be open (within reason and depending on the purpose) to all interested members of AFRAN to attend, AND
  2. Aim at creating structured scientific and innovation collaboration within AFRAN perimeters and/or between France and Australia.


Laureates of this program will not be eligible to reapply for funding for 3 years after the year of the grant awarded.


All scientific fields, including Humanities and Social Sciences are open and coordinators of eligible projects involving French overseas territories are encouraged to apply. Future editions of this program may target specific scientific fields based on the strategic priorities of the French and Australian governments.


Selection criteria

Projects will be ranked by a selection committee based on the following criteria, presented here in order of highest to lowest priority:

  1. Demonstrated potential for the project to foster structured scientific collaborations within the French and Australian research and innovation communities. Projects fostering such collaborations within Australia are eligible.
  2. Demonstrated potential for the project to involve a broad range of partners and individuals. Applications for individual travel to a partner’s laboratory will not be considered, unless the application clearly demonstrates travel is indispensible for the development of such aforementioned workshops or activities.
  3. Demonstrated capacity of the project to provide responses to major societal issues facing Australia and France
  4. Demonstrated scientific merit of the project, as well as excellence and motivation of the involved teams and individuals.


Terms of funding

  1. A total of AUD 15,000 (fifteen thousand Australian dollars) is made available for this call. Submitted projects must be completed before 1st June 2018.
  2. Funding of up to AUD 5,000 (five thousand Australian dollars) can be requested per project. It is the responsibility of the project coordinator to secure any additional funding that may be required to complete the event.
  3. A selection committee appointed by AFRAN and the Embassy of France will review the applications and select successful applications as per the criteria above.
  4. AFRAN will notify each project coordinator of the outcome of their applications and the amount allocated to successful projects.
  5. Upon acceptance of the funding (if selected), the project coordinator agrees to:
    1. Include a mention of the support provided by AFRAN on all communication materials used to promote the event
    2. Provide AFRAN with said communication materials one month before the selected activity date. These materials will be disseminated through AFRAN communication channels with mentions of the procedures required to participate in the events.
    3. Provide AFRAN with a report on the outcome of her/his project no later than 1 month after completion of the event. This report will be made public and advertised through the AFRAN communication channels.


Application process

Applications must be submitted by using the form : AFRAN application form 2017 April
The application form and all supporting documents (preferably in PDF format) must be submitted before the application deadline by email to:
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

  1. Call for projects opens: 20 April 2017
  2. Deadline for applications: 1st June 2017
  3. Results announced: 20 June 2017
  4. Earliest date for project start: 1 July 2017
  5. Latest date for project completion: 1 June 2018

Further information

Please contact:


Dr. Katherine Daniell
President, AFRAN Inc.


Embassy of France
Ms. Nathalie Simenel-Amar
Service Science and Technology
02 6216 0139 



CNRS newsletter April 2017

The CNRS Newsletter for April is available on this link.




Participate in the Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017

Today’s PhD students are the drivers of tomorrow’s Australian innovation economy.

The Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge is based on the ‘24 hours for Entrepreneurship’ challenge, a flagship event that has been running in France since 2011.

This national competition put teams of PhD students in front of a big challenge: designing an innovative and profitable start-up concept, and convincing the grand jury of expert entrepreneurs, scientists and managers, of the viability of their idea!

The event will commence with networking and training activities at 8am on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at the Adelaide Oval. Participants will then have 24 hours from 1pm 11 July to 1pm 12 July to develop their proposal. Following this the teams will pitch their ideas and the judges will make their selections.

At the time of application, applicants should:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, living in Australia
  • be enrolled as a PhD candidate in an Australian university or research organisation
  • hold a passport valid until at least 30 June 2018

Candidates should be research active in any field of the natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine as well as social sciences and humanities.

Deadline for application: 12 am, 8 May 2017, Canberra Time.

Notification of outcome: 19 May 2017

See the website for the application form and further details.