Monthly Archives: October 2017


A new Space Innovation Fund in South Australia

The South Australian Space Industry Centre is setting up a fund to support the State’s space industry. It is the first step towards a new Space Innovation Hub in South Australia.

The fund will award $1 million a year, for four years, to support space skills training scholarships, incubation services and an accelerator program.

Ultimately, the aim is to run these programs and deliver services for new space start-ups and early stage businesses from around the world to build specialist space related expertise.


A global call for proposals from organisations to run the Space Accelerator Program and/or the Space Incubator Program is now open.

Key dates are:

  • 10 November 2017 – Request for proposals closes
  • 22 November 2017 – Short-listed applicant negotiations commence
  • 12 February 2018 –  Applications open to startups and entrepreneurs to participate in the Space Accelerator and Incubator Programs

More information on the South Australian Space Industry Centre website.

Applications must be lodged via email to


The 1st Australia-French Energy Symposium in Sydney

The 3rd Energy Future Conference and Exhibition to be held in UNSW Sydney from 5 to 7 February 2018 will attract over 300 attendees nationally and internationally, including members from government bodies (national and international), industry (around 20% of the attendees) and academia. AFRAN member Francois AGUEY, Head of UNSW MERlin (Materials Energy Research Laboratory in nanoscale) is playing a key role in the Conference organizing committee.

In the context of this conference, the 1st Australia-French energy symposium will be organized on the 7th of February 2018. This bilateral workshop, supported by AFRAN, aims at rationalizing existing bilateral collaborations in the important and global area of energy and to strengthen and grow a unique base of strong and multidisciplinary research capability and expertise supporting industry.

Energy and the transition to new energy systems are of global importance with unprecedented new market opportunities. By strengthening and expanding existing Australian-French research and industry collaborations in this space, we foresee the potential for industry to benefit from a unique and unparalleled international research expertise.

Australia is a global producer of mineral resources, one of the largest exporters of energy commodities, and Australia has significant untapped renewable energy resources. Australia is also uniquely positioned in the Asia region, and its resources will continue to power Asia’s industrialisation, urbanisation and growth. This coupled with the highly skilled Australia-French complementary research expertise and the capability of multinational Australian and French companies, SMEs and start-ups creates new opportunities for joint innovation and ventures with global impact.


For this inaugural symposium, the following key areas of strategic importance for Australia and France will be targeted:

1- Energy storage in the form of electrochemical (batteries, supercapacitors), chemicals (synthetic fuels, hydrogen), and thermal.

2- Renewable energy in particular in the form of solar energy (photovoltaic but also the conversion of solar to chemical energy), biomass, marine energy and export of renewable energy (e.g. power to gas)

3- Integration of Energy systems including renewable and energy management (large and small scale including grid management, battery management, hybrid energy systems management such as fuel cell/electrolyser/battery)

4- Electrical engineering and power electronic and smart systems supporting the above

For further information, please contact Francois AGUEY (

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The call for projects “Fonds Pacifique” is launched!

A call for projects is launched by the permanent Secretariat for the Pacific, with the view to select projects susceptible to be funded in 2018, by the “Fund for economic, social and cultural cooperation for the Pacific “, or “Fonds Pacifique”. The selected projects will contribute to the regional insertion of the French communities: New Caledonia, French Polynesia and islands Wallis and Futuna.

Projects submitted for this call by Australian partners shall be submitted to the Embassy of France in Australia, by November the 17th, 2017 (12 am Canberra time). To be eligible, the selected projects will have to fit in one of the following field:

  • Project allowing the French communities to be associated with the fight against climate change and with the risk prevention of disasters. Projects contributing to the respect for the obligations of States as well as to the implementation of the decisions which were taken in the COP 21 as well as of those who will be during the COP 22 will be particularly appreciated.
  • Economic and industrial project (studies of feasibility, impact, training initiatives…)
  • Sanitary safety or Food safety project (fight against the endemic diseases (non-contagious or transmitted by infectious vectors, management of halieutic resources, actions with great potential of economic development and increase of the regional exchanges).

Beyond these themes, preference will be given to the projects underlining communication efforts, measure of efficiency, follow-up by indicators and outcomes in mid and long terms.

The projects must be co-financed at least at 50 % of the total amount of the eligible expenses

The Pacific Fund is meant to initiate projects and not to support the development of a project through time. In case you foresee that the project you are submitting might lead to a potential re-application later on, this has to be mentioned from the start.
– The projects submitted by Australian partners have to be sent by email at the service of cooperation and cultural action of the Embassy of France in Canberra (, and their description must be drafted in French –for Australian partners

To apply, you must fill the project form: Project Form 2018 EN

… and the provisional budget:Provisional Budget

For any request, thank you for contacting us at:



Invitation: French Scientific Café, 20 October, 7pm at the Alliance Française Canberra!

The Embassy of France is organizing a French Scientific Café at the Alliance Francaise in Canberra on the 20th of October from 7 to 8:30pm. This café will focus on the 4/1000 initiative and the carbon sequestration for agriculture purposes. Guy Webb, agronomist from Forbes NSW, will come and present his SOIL C QUEST 2031 project  (

We would be happy to see you there

Download the flyer : flyer

RSVP for this event on café scientifique


A Deep Blue Challenge

One of the most accessible and complete reports on the state of our oceans is now available as a free download. Tackling issues from carbon dioxide absorption to sea level rise, plastic pollution and overfishing, some 160 ocean specialists working in 50 different scientific fields have contributed to this book, whose aim is to increase awareness to what has become one of today’s most pressing and urgent challenges: the Oceans


Read the article on CNRS News


AFRAN Forum 2017 in Canberra

The AFRAN association will hold its annual forum in Canberra on the 7/8 December 2017.

AFRAN stands for Australian FRench Association for research and innovatioN

AFRAN is a platform gathering researchers engaged in research and innovation collaborations between Australian and French institutions.

The association aims to empower scientists and to encourage them to take bottom up action to practically expand the France-Australia science cooperation agenda further.

The 2017 Forum is an opportunity to gather the AFRAN community, and discuss science and innovation areas of high potential for the future of the bilateral Science and Technology cooperation.

One key objective of the 2017 AFRAN Forum is to raise the association’s profile and visibility among the Science and Technology policy makers and stakeholders.

In this respect, priority will be given to the building up of Thematic bilateral Science communities within AFRAN that can position themselves as high level expertise groups on which stakeholders, policy makers, and industry players can rely on.

The focus of the 2017 AFRAN Forum will be on Innovation and sustainability, with an inaugural keynote speech by distinguished Prof Imran Ahmad, CEO of Future Earth Australia.

Ecosystems sustainability, R&D supporting the Industry 4.0 transition, Space and Earth observation, as well as update of bilateral policy developments and new cooperation instruments will be the key themes of the Forum discussions.

Confirm your participation at :


We look forward to seeing you!



CNRS Newsletter October 2017

The CNRS News letter is available on this link


The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

The conversation has edited an article on how science could help the recovery of the coral reefs from recent unprecedented coral bleaching events

Read the article on this link


French and Australian experts on solving the world’s sustainability challenge

The Conversation presents a reflexion from French and Australian experts on how to fight climate change, and limit warming according to the 2015 Paris Agreement.


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GRude Seminar

Call for Papers-George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation

We are pleased to announce the 21st George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, which will be hosted by The Australian National University in Canberra from 4 to 7 July 2018.

The George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation is the premier conference in French historical and cultural studies in the southern hemisphere. This biennial event recognises the contribution of George Rudé to the study of French history and culture in Australasia and internationally. Each conference produces a peer-reviewed collection in the journal French History and Civilisation, published through H-France.


Closing Date: 1 December 2017


Download the Call for papers:George Rude Seminar 2018 – Call for Papers