Australian Researchers’ Mobility Portal

Thursday 1st December 2011

Australia has a strong history of high quality research collaborations with Europe. This is demonstrated by the fact that Europe is Australia’s number one research partner, and that Australia was the first country to establish a S&T Agreement with the EU. The strength of the research relationship between Europe and Australia is highlighted in FP7, where projects with Australian partners have a significantly higher success rate than the average.

This seminar will present information and opportunities for collaborating with Australia, and includes high profile speakers from several of Australia’s key research institutions. Topics include:

  • Overview of Australia’s research and innovation policies
  • Australia’s research strengths and key capabilities
  • Research funding opportunities for EU in Australia
  • Australia’s largest research agency
  • Strategies for including Australian partners in FP7
  • Testimonies and examples of successful Europe-Australia collaborations

Please note that registration is essential, as numbers are strictly limited, and it is recommended to arrive at 09:30am to ensure adequate time for proceeding through building security.


Speakers (alphabetical)

Dr Katherine Daniell

Katherine is a Research Fellow in the ANU Centre for Policy Innovation. Her current research focusses on resolving the challenges associated with implementing multi-level participatory processes to bring about coordinated policy, adaptation strategies and local action for sustainable development. In this field, she has recently worked in France, Australia and Bulgaria on projects related to water governance, risk management, sustainable urban development and climate change adaptation. Her other research interests include public policy innovation processes, developing decision-aiding theory for “multi-accountable” groups and encouraging effective inter-organisational collaborations. Katherine coordinates Australia’s involvement in the PACE-Net EU project on strengthening bi-regional dialogue on science and technology between Europe and the Pacific.

Jean-François Desvignes-Hicks

Jean-François has been involved with FEAST since 2001. His interests in, and commitment to, transnational cooperation in research and higher education stem from early university experiences with groups in western and eastern Europe and in the USA. He has a molecular biology background, having completed a Bachelor’s degree in France. His Masters thesis at the University of Claude Bernard in Lyon focused on a high potential, high value and culturally important fish, common to most continental Europe… cyprinus carpio (the common carp). He now investigates innovative support for researchers to achieve their objectives, in particular toward international goals.

Dr Rado Faletič

Rado’s involvement with FEAST stems from his interest in promoting, encouraging and highlighting science and new ideas, along with the personal satisfaction he receives from facilitating individual collaborations. He has previously held a number of research, teaching and IT positions at The Australian National University, including appointments at the Research School of Chemistry, the Department of Physics and the Department of Mathematics. At ANU Rado has also completed a PhD in shock tunnel tomography. His other research projects have included the spatial modeling of water flow in de-forested landscapes with the CRC for Catchment Hydrology, and seismic tomography at the University’s Research School of Earth Sciences.

Felicity Jones

Felicity is Assistant Manager within the Science Policy team which sits within Science and Infrastructure Division of the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. The team currently manages a series of projects including coordination of departmental input into OECD CSTP and the recently announced Australian Research Committee which has been tasked with developing a national research investment plan covering the full range of research activities including human capital, infrastructure and collaboration.

Dr Gerd Rücker

Gerd is a senior scientific officer at the International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). He works in EU projects (Access-Projects, INCO-Nets) with Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific. In these projects he has been focusing on supporting policy dialogue in research and innovation and stimulating science and technology cooperation.

Dr Shaun Smith

Shaun has undertaken a number of leadership positions over his 13 years at CSIRO. Recently seconded from CSIRO to SEMIP, he is now back at CSIRO working in the RAFT Team (RAFT is a process for making better polymers). He has extensive knowledge of the textile industry, and recently moved into nanotechnology and now general manufacturing with an emphasis on innovation. He links research organisations with industry and develops industry networks.