Bilateral workshop brings international rare earths experts to Australia [fr]
With the support of the Embassy of France, Curtin University is hosting the largest ever delegation of Rare Earths experts to visit Australia, representing some of the most prestigious French institutes.
Mr. Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education Science and Technology, Embassy of France, opened the three-day French-Australian workshop on Rare Earths, joined by The Hon. Bill Marmion, Western Australian Minister for Mines on Wednesday 21 May.
With the support of Embassy of France, Curtin University is hosting the largest ever delegation of Rare Earths experts to visit Australia, representing some of the most prestigious French institutes including: MINES-ParisTech, BRGM (the French geological survey), CEA (the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research), and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie de Nancy.
This bilateral workshop has brought together both Australian and French experts to identify the research required to further develop rare earths supply chains. Eleven high profile researchers will form the delegation visiting from France.
The objective of the Workshop is to identify the research necessary to establish independent supply chains and where appropriate to establish joint research programs. The Workshop will also be used to facilitate and accelerate the exchange of information on complimentary research projects.
Led by Professor Dudley Kingsnorth of Curtin University of Technology, a world authority on the rare earths market, the bilateral workshop is being organised by Curtin University of Technology, CSIRO and The University of Western Australia, with the support of the Embassy of France in Australia and the Australian Academy of Science.
Approximately 50 participants are expected to attend the three-day workshop that will include site visits to key research facilities in Perth at CSIRO, Curtin University and The University of Western Australia.