EU commissioner in Australia to promote research teamwork

The European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, will visit Australia and New Zealand this week to meet with leaders in government, research and academia, to look at ways to expand and deepen collaboration on research and innovation.
Geoghegan-Quinn comes to Australia from Singapore where she met with Lim Chuan Poh, chairman of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. In Australia she will deliver a keynote address at the Universities Australia conference, which starts in Canberra on Wednesday. While in Singapore she gave a keynote speech at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). One aim of the visit to this side of the world is to promote EU-ASEAN cooperation and dialogue in the context of the EU-ASEAN Year of Science, Technology and Innovation 2012.
In Australia Geoghegan-Quinn will meet with the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, to discuss the current cooperation and the prospects for increasing collaboration on new research and innovation. She will also meet with chief scientist Professor Ian Chubb, to exchange views on issues such as increasing public trust in research and innovation and encouraging international cooperation to address global societal challenges.
The commissioner also has plans to visit the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, the Sydney Institute for Marine Sciences and the CSIRO High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre. Later this week Geoghegan-Quinn goes to New Zealand where she will meet with Steven Joyce, the New Zealand Minister for Science and Innovation and Tim Groser, the New Zealand Minister for Trade and Climate Change.
She will also visit the leading research facilities at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, which already collaborates with the EU in the area of the ‘Virtual Physiological Human’: to develop a computer model of human physiology.  She will also visit the Auckland Uniservices company, which has developed an innovative model for the commercialisation of university-based research, and will deliver a key note address at the University of Auckland on ‘EU-New Zealand cooperation in research and innovation: recent achievements and new opportunities under Horizon 2020’.
Increasing cooperation with international partners in areas of common interest is a central element of Horizon 2020: the new EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation for the period 2014-2020. In a media release last week the EU said that through working with international partners, EU researchers would be able to tackle more effectively global research challenges, build scientific excellence and develop new and innovative industrial and enabling technologies.
“Horizon 2020 builds on the success of international cooperation in previous framework program and will be fully open for the participation of researchers and research organisations from third countries to work with their EU counterparts.” 

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