Category Archives: bilateral cooperation


Smart Loire Valley Programme – Call for projects 2018

The LE STUDIUM RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP is designed to attract internationally competitive researchers for at least one year. An average of twelve awards are available in this campaign. Experienced international researchers are eligible to submit an application after having negotiated their acceptance to a host laboratory and/or host enterprise.

More information on this link


Deadline: 8 February, 2018, 5pm (Paris time)




the MedExperience International Health Tech summit

The MedExperience International Health Tech summit will be organized by Paris Region, MEDICEN Competitiveness Cluster, and SANOFI, on 15-16 March 2018 in Paris Palais Brogniart.

This international event brings together  the Paris Region’s major healthcare players and their partners from around the globe, and will focus on innovation around 4 strategic fields: diagnosis, imaging, advanced therapies and e-health.

This summit is a good opportunity to enhance our bilateral R&D linkages in the Medtech area by giving an opportunity to present and develop innovative, collaborative and international projects.

The program is intense, with a call for all ground-breaking projects, exhibitions, high-level debates, keynotes and conferences, pitchs from start-ups, and about 1500 attendees, amongst whom industrial groups, start-ups, innovative companies, healthcare professionals, universities, research centers, investors…


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Fast!in motion: a new not for profit society aiming to build Scientific and technological bridges between France and New Zealand

Fast! in motion is organising its inaugural workshop and first annual meeting on the 24th of November 2017 at Victoria University of Wellington.


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Deadline to register: Fri 17 Nov, 2017
Register by filling up this form


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 (


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

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RSVP for this event on café scientifique


3rd International Conference-Integrative sciences and sustainable development of rivers

Following the success of I.S.Rivers 2012 and 2015, the GRAIE and ZABR are launching the third edition of I.S.Rivers in 2018, dedicated to research and practices on natural and human-impacted large rivers worldwide.

I.S.Rivers will take place from June 4 to 8, 2018 at the Lumière Lyon 2 University, a prestigious venue situated near the Rhône river.

This international conference is dedicated to research and practices on natural and human-impacted large rivers, in particular functioning, changes and processes, interface and interactions, management policies, engineering.

More information about the event on this link

The call for abstract on this link


French-Australian workshop on the protection of coral reefs in Sydney

Since the industrial revolution, our planet is the theatre of faster and faster changes due to humans’ activities. Some species can’t adapt as fast as we are changing their environment. The coral reefs are currently facing major threats and according to the scientific community may disappear in three decades if no consistent appropriate action is taken. Time has come to engage in the design of innovative solutions to preserve coral reefs.


The Embassy of France in Australia wants to take advantage of the stopover in Sydney of the Tara schooner 19th to 23rd of August 2017 to organise a workshop to build awareness of the critical state of coral reefs but also to underline the major role both scientists and policy makers can play in the design of appropriate solutions to ensure coral reef protection.

Building up both on the French-Australian joint declaration on protecting the world’s coral reefs adopted during the COP22 and on the conclusions of the 2016 Joint Science and Technology Meeting where biodiversity conservation was acknowledged as a major priority for the bilateral scientific cooperation, this workshop aims to deliver a strong scientific and political message towards coral reef conservation to the international community. It will also support the interactions between French, Pacific and Australian researchers on coral reefs to exchange views and identify opportunities for new collaborations. In addition, France being currently the co-chair of the International Coral Reefs Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat for two years, this workshop seeks to take inspiration of innovative conservation solutions that can nurture further international political action.


This event will take place on the 22nd of August at the Australian National Maritim Museum, in Sydney.

To see the program

Feel free to contact the embassy if you are interested in attending this workshop:


On this hot topic, the ICRI is initiating a grant program


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.


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).


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


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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