Monthly Archives: December 2017


Foundations of the nuclear force, nuclear structure and dynamics

A collaboration between scientists of Australian (University of Adelaide and Australian National University in Canberra), French (CEA-Saclay) and US (University of Tennessee) laboratories has obtained an Australian Research Center Discovery Grant for three years to investigate the “Foundations of the nuclear force, nuclear structure and dynamics”.
This project aims to investigate a profound problem in physics: the structure and interactions of atomic nuclei in terms of their microscopic constituents.
It is expected to improve our understanding of the structure and dynamics of nuclei, their formation in the cosmos, neutron star properties, and underpins future nuclear technologies.
The collaboration, led by Prof. Anthony Thomas, is seeking a Research Associate to work in the Centre for the Subatomic Structure of Matter (CSSM) in Adelaide.
This position will be of interest to theorists working in nuclear theory and the project will be focused on the development of the Quark Meson Coupling model and its application to nuclear structure and reactions as well as neutron stars.



Wheat a kick in the guts for fighting diseases

A new type of wheat, which has ten times more of the fibre which helps improve gut health and also fights bowel cancer and Type 2 diabetes than normal wheat has been developed by an international team, including CSIRO and the French company Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients. The new wheat could provide millions of people with a lot more fibre without having to change their eating habits.

Read the article on this link


Toulouse Onco Week 2018

In February 2016 , Toulouse hosted the Toulouse Onco Week (TOW). The event taking place in the frame of the World Cancer Day aimed at gathering leading international scientists and major private and public players, actors of research and care for the fight against cancer.

This event featured promising scientific breakthroughs and the strong involvement of the medico-scientific community.

Find out about the 2018 programme on this link.

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AFRAN Forum 2017 outcomes

The annual AFRAN Forum was held on 7 and 8 December at the Centre for European Studies of the Australian National University.

The forum was the occasion of active discussions and fruitful exchanges within the AFRAN community, and with the invited speakers and guests. A wide range of topics was addressed from Energy, Coral Reef science to Space, and potential new opportunities have been identified in Environment or Internet of Things, thanks to this event. Last but not least, the forum meant to explore ways of reinforcing linkages with the Pacific region. The contribution of speakers from Pasteur Institute New Caledonia, SPREP, and from the University of New Caledonia was key here.

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Most of the speakers presentations are accessible below :

“Shaping a smart and sustainable global future through global sustainability network: a vision for the French-Australian science and innovation cooperation”, by Dr. Imran Ahmad, Director of Future Earth Australia: FUTURE EARTH AUSTRALIA_ImranAhmad

“Energy transition, a key pillar for the bilateral cooperation agenda”, by Dr. François Aguey-Zinsou, Head of MERLiN lab., UNSW: EnergyTransition Fr-Au cooperation_FAgueyUNSW

“Internet of Thing and Industry for the Future”, by Dr. Benoit Passot, University of Wollongong and Mr. Renald Gallis, Thinxtra: UOW_Thinxtra_RGallis

“Hybrid architectured materials, an example of a fruitful collaboration between France and Asutralia”, by Dr. Justin Dirrenberger, CNAM: HybridArchitecturedMaterials_Dirrenberger

“Hydraulic engineering for environment and sustainable development”, by Dr. Jean-Michel Tanguy, CEO of GIS HEDD: HydraulicEngineering_TanguyGIS_HEDD

“Science and Technology cooperation between France and Australia: 2017 developments and perspectives for 2018”, by Ms. Anne Rouault, Science and Technology Attachée at the French Embassy: FR-AU ST cooperation 2017-2018_ARouaultEmbassy

“Science and Innovation collaboration with France, a DIIS perspective”, by Ms. Sarah Brown, DIIS :Science&Innovation collaboration_SarahBrownDIIS

“AFRAN and the French Embassy toolbox”, by Mr. Nicolas Duhaut and Ms. Anne Rouault, French Embassy: SupportingCollaboration_NDuhaut&ARouaultEmbassy

“Sustainable agriculture: the potential of French-Australian cooperation in agronomy research”, by Dr. Mike Grundy, CSIRO Agriculture: Agronomy&Soil Research_MikeGrundyCSIROAgriculture

“Bilateral cooperation in Marine Science and coral reef protection”, by Prof. Terry Hughes, ARC Center of Excellence on coral reef studies: CORAL REEF COLLABORATION_TerryHughesCoE Coral Reef Studies

“Innovative soluutions for reef regeneration: the ANR Ecocorail project”, by Dr. Arnaud Serres, University of New-Caledonia: LittoralPreservation_AserresECOCORAIL

“Pacific societal challenges and science cooperation, a legitimate dimension for AFRAN”, by Mr. Paul Anderson, SPREP: AFRAN Pacific_PaulAndersonSPREP

“Health issues in the Pacific and opportunities for the bilateral science cooperation: the research focus of the Pasteur Institute in New Caledonia”, by Dr. Catherine Inizan, Pasteur Institute NC: PacificHealth_CInizanPASTEUR NC




The 2017 AFRAN (Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation) Forum opens on Thursday in Canberra.

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Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop

The Australian National University (ANU) in collaboration with the Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) Research University will host the first Franco-Australian Astrobiology and Exoplanet School and Workshop from December 16 – 20, 2017 at the Australian National University. This event is supported by AFRAN and by the Embassy of France in Australia through the Creative France Short program initiative.

More information on this link

Job Opportunities – ANU 3A Institute

The Australian National University’s Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Innovation Institute (3A Institute) is hiring Postdoctoral Research Fellows and Associate Professors. If you want to work collaboratively and across disciplines on a transformative project, make sure you apply:

The ambition of the 3A Institute is to bring together the world’s best researchers from a range of disciplines to build a new applied science around the management of artificial intelligence, data and technology and of their impact on humanity. It is headed by Professor Genevieve Bell, one of the world’s leading technologists and Senior Fellow at Intel Corporation.


Discovery projects 2019

This funding, between 30 000 and 500 000 AUD per year up to 5 years aims at supporting fundamental and applied research as well as international collaborations

Deadline: 7 february 2018

More information on this link


UNSW Canberra opens Australia’s first space mission design facility in partnership with the French space agency CNES

The facility is the first of its kind in Australia and will be used by some of the best and brightest engineering and academic minds in the nation. Combined with the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre at Mount Stromlo, we now have capability for the design, assembly and testing of spacecraft and components for future space missions.

The facility is jointly funded by UNSW Canberra and the ACT Government, and supported through a partnership with the French Space Agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), who are providing software and training


More information on this link


Seminar and Workshop on Technological Interoperability for Smart Cities: Opportunities and Challenges

Together with the SMART Infrastructure Facility, UOW has created the Digital Living Lab, deploying a radio communication network across the region using LoRaWAN technology with other technologies joining the digital revolution. The sharing of data is a smart city solution, working to improve the quality of life for people in the community, with the network enabling a diverse range of applications from the university, government, commercial and community sectors.

Following the launch of the Digital Living Lab, the SMART Infrastructure Facility will host a seminar and workshop looking at the interoperability of the Internet of Things (IoT) with a strong partnership with the French CNRS.

Examples of applications include collecting data on stormwater and landslides, the creation of a digital map of fire hydrants for emergency services, a sensor to record when beer kegs need replacing and an interactive map for wheelchair users. The Digital Living Lab provides the framework for a partnership with the wider region, as well as important opportunities for research. Through the ideas of Share, Enable and Create, the Digital Living Lab is facilitating a smart city solution, improving the quality of life for people in the Illawarra

Register to the seminar on this link

Or contact Benoit Passot :