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INRAE collaborations and partnerships strengthened in Australia
PRESS RELEASE - From 24 March to 29 March 2023, CEO Philippe Mauguin travelled with an INRAE delegation to Australia in order to sign cooperation agreements with the Commonwealth Scientific and Innovation Research Organisation (CSIRO) and three major Australian universities (Australian National University, Queensland University, University of Melbourne). This visit was the occasion to launch an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) on the use of stable isotopes in seed selection and to pave the way for several LIAs in the field of agriculture and climate change, on adaptation to climate change of wheat, reduction of enteric methane in ruminants, organic carbon in soils, integrated water management at the river basin level and biosafety in a context of increasing transboundary risks of plant and animal diseases.
Published on 29 March 2023
Under the framework agreement signed in 2020, INRAE and CSIRO - the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - have consolidated their collaborations with more than 230 co-publications over the 2017-2021 reference period, particularly in the areas of ecology, environmental sciences and plant sciences. Since 2017, the two institutions have set up a Joint Linkage Call (JLC) which supports scientific cross-mobility projects on topics of shared interest. During the last call for 2023, 13 JLC-type projects were selected. An agreement extending the JLC exchange programme until 2025 was signed during the visit.
Building on scientific collaboration supported by a framework agreement renewed since 2004 with Irstea, the Australian National University (ANU) signed a framework agreement with INRAE on 28 March 2023 for cooperation in the fields of agriculture, bioeconomy, water, environment and food science. Through a letter of intent, the heads of both institutions also expressed their shared intention to build an International Associated Laboratory (LIA) on the use of stable isotopes for seed and plant improvement.
Two new framework agreements were signed in Canberra on 28 March, with the University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne, with a view to establishing a partnership with two other renowned universities in Australia, which are among the foremost Australian partners in terms of co-publications and scientific collaborations. These agreements lay the foundations for furthering the respective partnerships through joint projects and cooperation instruments.