New Scholarship Strengthens Australian-French Relations
The French Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Mr Stéphane Romatet visited the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) on 18 February 2014 to sign an agreement that to create an exciting new scholarship.
The scholarship will enhance exchanges between Australian and French students and researchers in life sciences, including medical research.
ANSTO’s CEO, Dr Adi Paterson and Ambassador Romatet signed an MoU to establish the scholarship between ANSTO and the French Embassy to be known as SAFE.
His Excellency, Mr Romatet said the agreement reflects the fact that international scientific and research collaboration is a priority for France.
“I believe that this scholarship will provide a valuable opportunity to advance research excellence between our two countries, so we have designed it so the program can be renewed.”
The merit-based scholarship will provide a unique opportunity for Australian young researchers to travel and study with top French research institutes and universities and for French students and researchers to work in ANSTO laboratories. It will be administered by ANSTO, and candidates selected by a joint committee involving ANSTO and the French Embassy.
ANSTO’s Head of LifeSciences, Dr Marie-Claude Grégoire said the MoU expands on ANSTO LifeScience’s work with French researchers into areas of medical imaging.
“I am very excited that this agreement will not only create fantastic opportunities for scholarship holders, but will also strengthen our collaborations with French research organisations,” said Dr Grégoire.
(images courtesy of ANSTO)