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The Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017 – new deadline!

Deadline for application is now the 22nd of May!

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.

See the website for the application form and further details.

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The first International Associated Laboratory with INSERM and the University of Melbourne

The French National Health and Medical Research Institute (Inserm) and the University of Melbourne have agreed to sign a partnership agreement to form an International Associated Laboratory (IAL) named “Characterising intra-tumour heterogeneity to improve targeting of cancer cell plasticity and self-renewal”.

This IAL is a collaborative research program between the Lyon Cancer Research Centre (CRCL, Prof Alain Puisieux) and the Laboratory of A/Prof Frederic Hollande, The University of Melbourne Department of Pathology, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Australia. Scientists and medical researchers from both teams will work together to fast-track scientific discoveries and clinical translation in the field of breast, colon and skin cancers.

The main scientific goals of this collaborative program are:

  • To develop biomarkers that predict the sensitivity of patient tumours to given treatments, thus channelling patients away from lengthy and expensive treatments that are doomed to fail.
  • To characterize the weaknesses of cells that induce tumour recurrence and develop better treatment regimens that target these recurring cells to improve survival of patients with breast, colorectal and skin cancers.

Other key objectives of this collaborative program are to:

  • Contribute to the training of high level scientists and medical researchers through exchanges and joint PhDs between the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Cancer Research Centre of Lyon.
  • Share technological advances between the French and Australian partners and engage with industrial partners that can bring developed products into cancer hospitals worldwide.

 

Australian/French Cancer symposium – 2017

 

Illustrating their dedication to this new partnership, the Australian and French partners jointly organized a one-day symposium about “Heterogeneity and plasticity in healthy and malignant tissues”, held at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre on 21 April 2017.

Sponsored by AFRAN as well as by the VCCC, University of Melbourne, CRCL, LYRIC (LYon Research Innovation for Cancer) and by Qiagen, the symposium brought together scientists and clinicians from Inserm laboratories in Lyon and Marseille with their colleagues from Melbourne and Sydney. Excellent presentations were given throughout the day on important and challenging topics such as:

  • Normal and malignant stem cells,
  • Tumour cell plasticity
  • Detection and characterization of molecular mechanisms that drive tumour heterogeneity
  • Implications of tumour heterogeneity for the clinical diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.

 

Contact details:

Australian Partner: A/Prof Fred Hollande, Department of Pathology, University of Melbourne Centre for Cancer Research @ the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC).

Email: frederic.hollande@unimelb.edu.au

French Partner: Prof Alain Puisieux, Head of the Lyon Cancer Research Centre, Lyon, France.

Email: alain.puisieux@lyon.unicancer.fr

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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

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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.