Brisbane is hosting the 4th Forum of the French Researchers in Australia Network (FRAN) on 24-25 August 2015
Through this network, expatriate French researchers have an opportunity to grow their professional networks, share their experiences of living and working in Australia, and keep informed on funding or career opportunities in Australia or abroad.
For the Science and technology section of the French Embassy, this network is also a direct communication channel with the French scientific diaspora in Australia and a real-time picture of the scientific capabilities being brought in and developed in local research institutions. The expertise FRAN members gain while carrying research projects on the terrain is also a valuable asset for the Embassy to tailor and adapt its bilateral science and technology cooperation programmes, tools and orientations to meet changing needs and priorities.
The annual FRAN Forum is a cornerstone of the Network’s activity. It aims to offer:
- A networking opportunity for French and Australian scientists, as well as a space where they can meet and exchange with economic and political stakeholders, thereby facilitating cross-sectorial collaboration;
- A space for strategic discussion on the output of bilateral scientific collaboration and means to intensify it
The FRAN Forum is held in a different State each year (ACT, VIC and NSW in previous years) and focusses on a different topic, based on the strategic science and innovation priorities of France and Australia, research strengths of the hosting State, and profile of the local industrial activity, including large French corporations operating locally.
This year, the 4th FRAN Forum will be held in Brisbane at Brisbane Customs House and the Queensland Brain Institute of the University of Queensland on 24-25 August.
The focus of this year, Innovative ICT Research – Frontier Knowledge for Global Challenges, will bring together high level research capabilities from France and Australia.
Through its fundamental dimension and strong potential for innovation and technology transfer, this topic links actors from the scientific, corporate and political field on issues that strongly impact Queensland, such as environment-friendly resource management, marine biodiversity protection in the context of changing climate – a very current issue in the lead-up to the CoP21 in Paris and the Position Paper of the Australian Institute of Marine Science - and health.
The Forum will be split in two sequences:
- A first sequence focusing on cutting-edge ICT research in Australia and its application to the fields of environment and health. Invited speakers will present their research work in two sessions:
- Data management for environmental monitoring and decision making
- Bioinformatics for the Health sector
A networking cocktail will close the first day of the Forum.
On the morning of the second day, a panel of economic and business stakeholders will discuss the opportunities for innovation and technology transfer derived from the presented research, for example: data-driven policy making and decision-making, corporate environmental responsibility and high-technology equipment.
- The second sequence will focus on presenting and discussing the existing tools and programmes to facilitate bilateral scientific cooperation between France and Australia, as well as the development of the Network.
Two panel discussions will tackle
- The current state of bilateral scientific cooperation between France and Australia and
- The role of FRAN in this bilateral scientific cooperation and its future evolution.
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