The 2014 Forum of the French Researchers in Australia Network 18-19 November 2014 [fr]
- His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, French Ambassador to Australia; Professor Mark Hoffman, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, UNSW Australia; Mr Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education, Science & Technology, Embasy of France in Australia Grant Turner/Mediako
The largest ever forum of the French Researchers in Australia Network was held on Tuesday 18 November and Wednesday 19 November 2014 at UNSW Australia in Sydney.
Jointly hosted by the Embassy of France, UNSW Australia and the Australian Academy of Science, the Forum brought together more than 130 French scientists working in Australian research agencies from every capital city to discuss climate science and strategies to increase collaboration and innovation with industry.
The Forum was officially opened by His Excellency Mr Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia, Professor Mark Hoffman, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, UNSW Australia and Mr Xavier Sticker, French Ambassador for the Environment.
Two representatives from the French government will provide a special address to the delegates, Ms Marie-Hélène Aubert, Adviser to the President of France for the Environment and Climate, and Mr Nicolas Bériot, Secretary General to the National Observatory of the effects of climate change, French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
More than 15 scientific presentations showcased the diversity of research currently being undertaken in Australia covering the themes of atmospheric climate change, oceans and the changing climate and the impacts of climate variability.
The second day was dedicated to enhancing connections between researchers and the business community. This session will be opened by Professor Andrew Holmes, President of the Australian Academy of Science and Professor Mary O’Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer.
The formal opening was followed by presentations from the Department of Industry, the Delegation of the European Union and UBIFRANCE.
Researchers were also given the opportunity to meet with key industry representatives from organisations such as Stallergenes, NewSouth Innovations and Pandrol Australia. Researchers will also present case studies to highlight successful science projects that have transitioned from the laboratory to applications in industry.
Learn more about the FRAN network.