The 4th Australian-German Science and Innovation Day continued the successful series of events dedicated to increasing the awareness for collaborative research activities between both countries and to nurturing the network among the related research communities. In 2019, the Australian-German Science and Innovation Day was hosted by The University of Queensland and took place at Customs House in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD.
The focus of this year was on the three identified priority themes for scientific collaborations between our two countries, i.e.
Biotechnology and Bioeconomy
Aerospace and defence technologies
The day featured a number of distinguished speakers including
– Prof. Paul Bertsch, Queensland Chief Scientist
– Julia Playford, Acting Director, Science Development, Qld Department of Environment and Science
– Dr Judith Reinhard, Head of Science and Innovation, German Embassy, Canberra
– Terry Nichols, General Manager of Vehicle Systems, Rheinmetall Australia
During the event, the Queensland Government launched the first version of the Germany as a priority country factsheet outlining existing and possible future science relationships between Queensland and Germany.
The newly formed Australian-German Research Student Network led a comparative discussion on the experiences in both systems. In particular, the new research student network platform was launched.
Students from the two Queensland-based PASCH-schools in Kenmore and Ferny Grove presented the outcomes of their recent science projects in a poster session.
The Australian-German Science and Innovation Day is embedded in the Australia-Germany Research Network, a joint initiative with the German Embassy in Canberra and the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
We are very grateful for the support of
– Rheinmetall Defence Australia
– The University of Queensland
– University of Southern Queensland
– Queensland University of Technology
– Griffith Institute for Glycomics
– German Embassy in Canberra
– DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).
With more than 150 registered participants, this has been the by far largest of the events in this series.