A large dimensional global trade model have been developed by scientists from the American Geophysical Union, the University of Melbourne, the Australia National University, and the CSIRO to better account for various effects of global warming on national incomes for 139 countries. This new economic model shows a US$23 trillion loss in global GDP, with the economies of many countries collapsing, if we allow global temperatures to rise by 4 degrees by 2100.
Read the article on this link
Thales Alenia Space gives us its review on the satellites use for climate change mitigation.
Satellites data are playing a key role to evaluate to what degree the environment, business activites, and communities are exposed to climate change. They can measure the atmosphere composition and temperature, the oceanic currents, the snow covering, and help us to calculate weather forecast and climate evolution… But they can also help us to save ecosystems by bringing precise data in activities such as agriculture or energy…
The TAS review on this link
The Professor Frederic Hollande, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Melbourne is co-directing the first International Associated Laboratory between INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and Australia. Invited at SBS for an interview, he explains his research, investigating causes of diseases, especially cancer, and he gives us his view of the medical research collaboration between France and Australia…
You are warmly invited to the seminars & the public lectures in Classics & Ancient History at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2nd semester 2018.
For many of you, Australia is simply a very long way away. Even within the country, Brisbane often seems beyond the oikoumenē gē (‘the inhabited world’). In Queensland itself there are teachers of Ancient History whose high schools are hundreds or thousands of kilometres from this state’s capital city. For all of you UQ Classics & Ancient History is resuming the podcasting of our seminars and public lectures.
In due course podcasts of the talks by A. Brown (Queensland), S. Harrison (Oxford), A. Kotsonas (Cincinnati), D. M. Pritchard (Queensland) & J. Quinn (Oxford) will be made available here: https://hapi.uq.edu.au/classics-and-ancient-history-seminar-listing.
Please find attached the program of our talks: Classic&Ancient History seminars
We are very happy to announce that 7 projects have been selected this year within the framework of the AFRAN call for initiatives:
- Australia-France Mycobacterial Research Network
May 2019, Centenary Institute, Sydney
The mycobacterial research capacity in Australia does very well at investigating immunity, vaccines, and new antibiotics. The Kremmer laboratory at IRIM (CNRS) in Montpellier is a world leading microbiology laboratory. This initiative aims at capitalising on the respective expertise available in both countries and should lead to the creation of a collaborative network fostering research projects and personnel exchanges.
This initiative proposes to introduce French researchers from IRIM to the hub of mycobacterial researchers at the University of Sydney (primarily centred at the Centenary Institute), where a national symposium will be held at the Centenary Institute bringing in researchers from Queensland and Melbourne to facilitate the transfer of intellectual expertise in techniques and planning of researcher exchange. The expected attendance from an Australian contingent is up to 120 researchers representing approximately 15 research groups across the three states.
French researchers will then spend additional time at the University of Sydney to plan collaborative experiments in Australian infection models. As well as having complementary research strengths (microbiology in France, immunology in Australia), our groups use a range of complementary models from pure bacterial culture, cell culture, zebrafish infection models, mouse inhalation models, to sheep and cow infection models.
This initiative will hopefully lead to a structured collaboration with a growing French-Australian network, fostering joint publications, exchange and joint grant applications, in a field of major importance for both public health and economy, but also with great opportunities to develop new knowledge in basic biology and technologies arising from trying to understand how these bacteria cause disease.
- Advancing environmental biotechnologies through advanced microbiology and cutting-edge computational statistics.
1-17 April 2019, University of Melbourne
Advances in culture-independent, high-throughput technologies have transformed the way we examine microbial communities – collectively called ‘the microbiome’, which are known to impact a wide range of environmental systems. However, analytical tool development is critically trailing behind data generation, which hinders the analysis, understanding or integration of microbiome data. Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao is a pioneer in developing methods and tools for data integration which adopt a holistic, data-driven and hypothesis-free approach. This project brings together the University of Melbourne (with the Melbourne Integrative Genomics group in the school of Mathematics and Statistics, the Melbourne Geomicrobiology Lab, and the Microbial Ecology group in the School of Bioscience), and Irstea (Institut national de recherche en sciences et technologies).
This interdisciplinary research initiative aims at exploring and accelerating discoveries in these new frontier technologies and build capacity in best practice statistical analysis, nationally and internationally through a network of French and Australian microbiologist researchers. This initiative will focus on the practical aspects of microbiome data analysis with a 2-day workshop presenting methodologies for data analysis and integration, a 2-week discussion with participants to offer guidance, and a 1-day close-out to share findings and plan future collaborations and publications arising from the analyses.
Complex microbial networks have a central role in the provision and regulation of ecosystems that inspire multiple microbial biotechnologies applications to contribute substantively to global efforts to achieve sustainability, through purification of wastewater, waste valorisation, bioremediation strategies, and bioenergy production. Understanding key environmental factors that shape microbial communities is crucial to optimize such biotechnological advances.
- First Australo-French Meetings on Innovation for Industry of the Future
15-16 October 2018, CentraleSupélec Saclay campus Gif sur Yvette
Innovation is the main driver for the renewal of Industry in the XXIst century and more specifically of manufacturing and production. In one hand industry is experiencing a strong revolution with more innovative design and lean value-oriented processes and in another hand Data and Artificial Intelligence are re-inventing all the design and production chains and their related competencies and jobs.
This initiative consists of creating a specific space where academic (Centrale Supelec, Flinders U., GEMA Group, UQ, UTS…), big companies (Naval Group, Dassault system, Thalès,…) meet start-ups and small structures (incubators, accelerators, open innovation institute…) in an “Open Innovation” framework where ideas and innovations are exchanged in a fast and agile process benefiting for both big and small organizations. The First Australo-French Meetings on Innovation for Industry of the Future is a key starting initiative to jointly think, exchange, and work on that crucial topic of industry for the future and its relations to innovation. Both French and Australian institutions will join their efforts to create this new community linked with industry and corporate partners. Discussions will also focus on skills and competencies needed for a new industry, taking into account Australian and French cultures.
This initiative will devote time for working groups aiming at proposing clear objectives and a short to middle-term roadmap including joint projects and events, faculty and student exchanges, internships and PhD programs, start-up seeds and co-incubation… The expectation is to concretize an Innovation-based Industry community and framework amongst the participants, which shall be open to more partners, and to propose concrete spaces and events to be co-managed and co-organized.
- Research School on Statistics and Data Science
24-28 June 2019, Institute of Advanced Studies, La Trobe University, Bundoora
This initiative aims at bringing together data science and statistics researchers from France and Australia, at all career levels, to participate in an intimate and community building academic workshop. The workshop will concentrate mainly in the areas of statistics and data science. However, presentations, talks, and posters will also be accepted in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and signal processing. We will also be accepting talks and posters that illustrate real world applications of the aforementioned areas of research and innovation, such as applications in agriculture, climate change, and health research.
The Research Summer School on Statistics for Data Science (S4D) has been organized in Caen (France) in 2017 and 2018. It has a joint organization between La Trobe and University of Caen. It will be held in Australia for the first year, and will bring together researchers in data science and statistics across Australia and France with the aim of creating a shared center of data science, probability, and statistics research, to allow for academic and students exchanges.
- First Australia-France Workshop on Soft and Intelligent Tactile Sensing for Robotics and Autonomous Systems
10-12 December 2018, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Robotics is an area where France and Australia have done exceptionally well. However, robotics research has been traditionally seen as purely an engineering discipline and therefore participation from other discipline areas has been lacking. Creating human-like perception and situational awareness for social, service or medical robots integration has become possible with the development of advanced materials and new sensors. A lot of progress has taken place in compact and low power consuming sensors, and the possibilities they offer are countless: soft electronic skin can work as a touch or a proximity sensor, and can be used for intelligent grasping in social, industrial or medical situations. Robotics community has recently identified soft materials and fabrication schemes as one of their grand challenges.
This initiative aims at organizing a two and a half day workshop to address these challenges. It will gather researchers from materials science, neuroscience and robotics for an inclusive discussion required for research methodology development. It is expected that industrial partners from France will also be attending. It involves the Queensland University of Technology, the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Institut Polytechnique de Bordeaux, the Université de Montpellier and the SoftBank Robotics Europe. The workshop will focus on multifunctional organic optoelectronic platform, tactile recognition of objects and active calibration of soft tactile sensors, deep learning techniques to recognise objects, and strategies to exploit haptics for physical human-robot interaction.
This workshop will provide an opportunity for an informed and open discussion on how advanced sensing modalities can be designed and developed together for robotic applications.
- Healthy Happy Cities in Tropical Environment
13-15 February 2019, Griffith university, Gold Coast
At a time when wellbeing and happiness indexes are becoming more and more important to qualify our cities and make them more attractive, it seems important to understand how urban design and architecture can contribute to enhance wellbeing and happiness and develop these positive experiences further.
This project consists of 2 main phases:
- The creation of a shared digital platform to facilitate communication and the sharing of information concerning research and preparation of case studies. This platform will provide a toolbox to open new ways in transforming the cities to foster happy experiences, both physically and mentally. Furthermore, the tool will serve both educative and decision-making purposes.
- The organization of a milestones workshop creating the opportunity for a long-term French-Australian collaboration. This workshop will contribute to inform local communities and main key stakeholders in both countries on better integrated urban design in tropical environments. It will link the French School of Architecture of La Reunion (ENSAMR), within the Indian Pacific Region (Indians Ocean network of Architecture school, IONAS) with Australian universities such as Griffith University and James Cook University.
The innovation of this project is to offer a shared vision of experiencing life in the city, that encompasses local and visitors’ perspectives, and provide tools to transfer and adapt best practices.
- Dynamics of Air
14 September – 17 November, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne,
This initiative relates to the issues of climate change and biodiversity by researching the complex and poetic behavior of human responses to air temperature and movement in a built environment. This research has brought together researchers from different disciplines ranging from architects, industrial designers and artists, to mathematicians, aerospace engineers and computer scientists, with the aim of making proposals for more pleasant, low or no energy scenarios for the built environment, currently the highest generator of CO2 emissions.
This project brings this research into the public domain through exhibition in a major public gallery in Melbourne. It will bring together Australian researchers with leading European researchers and artists in the field to create an engaging insight into the qualities of air and their impact on human experience. Exhibits by Philippe Rahm Architectes, French architect, artist and research practice, will be exposed to a broad Australian public audience, and Philippe will be connected to RMIT and Swinburne Universities as well as the broad Australian research community.
Hopefully, this project will lead to further lecture and workshop invitations, joint tertiary and teaching initiatives in the future. More significantly, it will provide a foundation for subsequent collaboration between the leading French and Australian researchers in this field.
Round 6 of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P) grants is open to industry organisations, small and medium-sized businesses, and research organisations including, for the first time, Medical Research Institutes.
This scheme provides new opportunities for AFRAN researchers to link with French companies subsidiaries in Australia.
CRC-P funded research has resulted in the commercialisation of technologies, products and services that assist Australian and international businesses across industries as diverse as agriculture, clean technology, infrastructure, IT, mining, manufacturing, aerospace and health.
This program provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products and services.
Deadline to apply: 13 September 2018 5:00 pm AEST
More information on this link
A second call for projects is launched this year by the permanent Secretariat for the Pacific, with the view to select projects susceptible to be funded 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 September the 2nd, 2018 (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 (email@example.com), 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
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INRIA, the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control aims at encouraging international projects to develop its international links. This year, INRIA has a particular focus on Australia to foster new collaborations.
An Associate Team is a joint research project created between an Inria project-team and a research team from abroad. The two partners jointly define a scientific objective with a clear added value for each of them, a research plan and a program for bilateral exchanges. To promote and develop such scientific collaborations throughout the world, by supporting high quality research projects, Inria’s European and International Partnerships Department-EIPD annually launches a call for proposals.
Deadline: 26 September 2018
For more information and to apply, follow this link
Drinks, food, fireworks and science!
Come and watch as our fresh, young scientists present their work at a pub event, in the time it takes a party sparkler to burn out. Join the ACT Fresh Science in the pub, when the ACT’s freshest young scientists strut their stuff in King O’Malley’s on Wednesday 11 July 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Tickets are free but bookings are essential.
Congratulations to Céline d’Orgeville, AFRAN member and laureate of the Translational Fellowships Programme
The ANU Translational Fellowship Program aims to advance promising researchers and promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways within and alongside government, end-users and industry. This program, aligned with the ANU Strategic Plan, aims to break down the barriers between universities, society and industry, and to provide the support and incentive for researchers to take their ideas outside the University.
The Program is designed to allow and support researchers to move seamlessly between industry, government, business and academic settings.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Celine d’Orgeville (RSAA) who has been awarded $600,000 over 3 years to develop translational research with partners outside academia. Celine develops novel laser technologies for laser guide star adaptive optics applications in astronomy, space surveillance, and laser communications.