Australian-European medical research infrastructures join forces
Following the third EU-Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructures, hosted by Australia in November 2013, four formal cooperation agreements between Australian and the European Union facilities were signed in May 2014.
The signing events, hosted by the Australian Embassy in Brussels, involved the National Imaging Facility, Therapeutic Innovation Australia, Compounds Australia, EuroBioimaging, European Clinical Research Infrastructure, European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine and European Infrastructure of Open Screening Platforms for Chemical Biology.
These agreements will give Australian researchers better access to some of the world’s most advanced treatment options and give access to research infrastructure that will help them translate great Australian medical research discoveries into better diagnosis of medical conditions, new products and new drugs. Details of the agreements signed on 8 May 2014 and on 16 May 2014 are available, and further details of the agreement signed on 16 May 2014 are also available.
Second International Conference on Research Infrastructures
A delegation of Australian government officials and research sector representatives participated in the second International Conference on Research Infrastructures 2014 held in Athens on 2–4 April 2014. About 600 international participants attended the conference to discuss global research infrastructures. Recommendations from the conference will assist in coordinating international cooperation on research infrastructure initiatives.
The Third Plenary of the Research Data Alliance
The Third Plenary of the Research Data Alliance took place in Dublin, Ireland, from 26–28 March 2014. The global non-government initiative was founded by Australia, the United States and the European Union and its purpose is to enhance research data sharing.
European delegation for research infrastructure visit to Australia November 2013
In November 2013 the Australian Government Department of Education hosted a visit by a delegation of 17 members from the EU that included managers and operators of research infrastructure facilities and European Commission officials. The delegation was led by Dr Octavi Quintana Trias, Director of Directorate B: European Research Area, Directorate General Research and Innovation, European Commission. The Third EU–Australia Workshop on Research Infrastructure was held at the Australian Academy of Science, Shine Dome, Canberra, 5–6 November 2013 and focused on the themes of healthy ageing, sustainable cities, clean energy and industry-research linkages. Details of the visit and the outcomes are available in the Workshop Communique.