Ideas know no borders. That’s why we organise exchanges, workshops and conferences that bring together Australian researchers and experts with counterparts from across Asia and beyond.
We work with sister academies across the world through the International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, which the Academy helped found.
And we have programs under way with organisations in a range of countries, including China, Japan, India and South Korea.
Global Connections Fund
The Academy runs the Global Connections Fund, which is supported by the Australian Government. It is part of the Global Innovation Strategy under the Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.
The GCF provides initial funding to promote international collaboration between researchers and small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
Priming Grants are focused on building links between Australian SMEs and international researchers, and Australian researchers and international SMEs, with the aim of generating commercialisation outcomes.
Bridging Grants of up to $50,000 help international SME-researcher partnerships grow beyond an initial level of engagement to collaboration that can lead to the translation of research knowledge and intellectual property into market-ready products or services.
Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program
Sixteen outstanding Australian researchers travelled to China recently under the Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP).
The initiative is funded by the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. It is supported by the Australia-China Strategic Research Fund.
YSEP funds an annual two-way exchange of Australian and Chinese early to mid-career researchers in the fields of science, technology and medicine.
As well as promoting research collaboration, the program aims to increase researchers’ understanding of the cultures, particularly the science and research practices and systems, of the two countries, and developing their leadership skills.
The Academy manages the program in Australia while the China Science and Technology Exchange Centre does so in China.
With funding from the Australia Japan Foundation, researchers from Australia and Japan will gather in Melbourne on 3 December for a transdisciplinary symposium addressing selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
It will bring together former Australian and Japanese participants in the Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program (AJERLEP).
The workshop will leverage the cross-disciplinary skill set and networks of the AJERLEP alumni, facilitated by the Academy and its Japanese sister academy, the Engineering Academy of Japan.
Workshop with Chinese Academy of Engineering
The Academy organises annual joint workshops with its sister academy, the Chinese Academy of Engineering, addressing significant challenges faced by both countries.
A 2019 workshop is planned to be held in September in Brisbane on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Previous workshops have addressed Food Security and Food Safety.
China-Australia Annual Academy Symposium
The Academy participates in an annual symposium with the Chinese Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Science. The 2018 symposium on the theme of photonics was held in China. Details of the 2019 symposium, to be held in Australia, are under discussion.
The Academy is planning to hold a workshop with the Indian National Academy of Engineering on the topic of Medical Devices and Health Technology in 2019. Details are currently under discussion.