Australian research delegation travels to Brazil

Left to right: Michael Barber; Peter Lawless, Australian Ambassador to Brazil; Robert Henry; Muriel Watt

A delegation of Australian researchers has delivered a series of seminars in Brazil on innovation, agriculture and energy to showcase Australian research excellence and higher education opportunities.

Organised by the Academy, the delegation was made up of Professor Michael Barber FAA, Professor Robert Henry from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland, and Dr Muriel Watt from the School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering, UNSW Australia.

The program of visits to government departments, universities and research institutes in Brasilia, Cuiabá, Campinas and São Paulo was organised by Mr Niclas Jönsson, Counsellor (Education and Science) Latin America, at the Australian Embassy, Brasilia. The visits provided opportunities for the Australian scientists to initiate or consolidate international collaborations as well as highlight educational possibilities for young Brazilian researchers in Australia. The Australian Ambassador to Brazil, His Excellency Mr Patrick Lawless, hosted a reception for the Australian delegates on 23 November in Brasilia. This provided an opportunity for the delegates to network with Brazilian researchers and officials from government departments.

There will be a pilot summer program in Australia for six Brazilian PhD students who will undertake short-term research placements in Australian institutions. The program is being organised by the Australian Embassy in Brazil. The Academy will coordinate the program for the Brazilian students when they arrive in Australia in April and May 2016.

These activities are being supported by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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