France is currently the 6th partner of Australia for scientific co-publications of rank A and the 3rd European partner under the same criterion, after the United Kingdom and Germany.
Bilateral scientific cooperation between our two countries is strong and is structured through long-lasting and productive researcher-to-researcher collaborations. In some sectors, it is essential to strategic and logistic cooperation issues (base in the Antarctic, oceanography in the Austral Ocean, defense issues).
A number of French research bodies are currently active within the bilateral scientific cooperation, amongst them the CNRS, the CNES, the INRA, the INSERM, the Pasteur Institute, the IPEV, the IRSTEA, the IFSTTAR and the INRIA. French universities, particularly the new IDEX (Paris Saclay, PSL, Sorbonne-Paris Cité…) begin the construction of strategic partnerships with their Australian partners motivated by research partnerships with great potential.
The bilateral scientific and technologic cooperation has a strong potential for growth, and has entered into a dynamic of increased structuration, in the general context of reinforcement of the bilateral relation, where technological innovation has been identified as essential for the strategic sovereignty interests and the economic growth of the two countries.
Since 2016, the intergovernmental dialogue in science and technology is increasing. The Joint Science and Technology Meeting in Paris in October 2016 allowed converging towards the following strategic priorities:
• Joint research priorities: to intensify the scientific cooperation and to foster structural research partnerships between France and Australia, in shared priority fields such as state-of-the-art engineering, digital technology, ecological and energy transition, spatial, health, marine sciences, sustainable agriculture and biodiversity conservation
• In terms of university/industry sectors:
To foster the construction of scientific and technological partnerships associating research institutions and industries from the two countries, and supporting initiatives like Industrie du Futur/Industry 4.0
To develop the bilateral cooperation in the field of incubation and maturation of start-ups stemming from public research
To foster the cooperation between French competitiveness clusters and their theoretical equivalent, the Australian Growth Centers
To reinforce the bilateral cooperation in the field of student and young researcher entrepreneurship, in particular through taking advantage of all the opportunities offered by the CIFRE scheme.