International update: European research funding, and collaboration with Colombia

October 29, 2018

European Research Council promotes funding opportunities for Australian researchers

(from left) Academy Chief Executive Ms Anna-Maria Arabia with Mr Michael Pulch, Professor Elain Sadler and Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon at the presentation on ERC funding opportunities for Australian researchers.

Opportunities for Australian researchers was the focus of a presentation and Q&A session by the President of the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, at the Academy in late September. 

Professor Bourguignon highlighted various ERC funding opportunities available for Australian early- and mid-career and senior researchers in all areas of science including social sciences and humanities. Since its creation in 2007, the ERC has awarded more than 8500 grants, with the total ERC 2014–20 budget being €13 billion. The event garnered significant interest, with more than 80 people from universities, funding agencies, government departments and embassies attending.

Prior to the event, Professor Elain Sadler, the Academy’s Foreign Secretary, met with Professor Bourguignon and Mr Michael Pulch, head of the Delegation of the European Union in Australia, to discuss possible areas of research collaboration between Australia and the EU.

Australian and Colombian science academies explore potential collaboration

(from left) Professor Jim Williams, Professor Gabriel Roldon and Professor Enrique Forero were part of a group that explored potential area of collaboration between the Australian and Colombian science academies.

The Australian and Colombian science academies met recently in Canberra to explore potential areas of collaboration, particularly in the area of water management.

The Australian Academy of Science’s Secretary Physical Sciences, Professor Jim Williams, hosted the visit to the Academy by Professor Enrique Forero, President of the Colombian Academy of Sciences and Professor Gabriel Roldon, an expert on water management from the Catholic University of Colombia and a member of the Colombian Academy. The group was joined by the Australian National University’s Professor Saul Cunningham, Director of the Fenner School, and Dr Elisabeth Mayer, Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies. 

The two academies also shared the work that they are undertaking in their own countries.

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