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Europe Day 2024 – panel discussion on EU and Australian Research & Innovation

April 22, 2024 —
by Gosia Klatt

To celebrate Europe Day (9 May), we invite you to attend a panel discussion focusing on the Horizon
Europe strategic plan 2025-2027 for research and innovation; and case studies to highlight the EU’s
global leadership in inclusive public-funded research and innovation, followed by networking
opportunities over lunch.

Event date: Monday 13 May from 12pm-2pm at RMIT University, Council Chamber, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, and on-line.

It will be run as a seminar on EU and Australian Research and Innovation, hosted by the EU Delegation to Australia, RMIT University EU Centre, the European Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ESAANZ) and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Victoria.

Australia and the EU have a long history of productive research collaboration. The EU has maintained a delegation in Australia since 1981, with the first-ever treaty-level and technology agreement signed between the EU and an industrialised country being with Australia in 1994.

This agreement focused on cooperation in fields such as biotechnology, materials science, and new energy technologies, paving the way for future collaborative efforts.

Today, the EU is Australia’s third largest trading partner and second largest source of foreign

Our panelists will include:

● HE Mr Gabriele Visentin, EU Ambassador to Australia
● Nishant Shandilya, Regional Coordinator – Australia and New Zealand, EURAXESS
Worldwide. Horizon Europe (EU’s Framework Programme for Research & Innovation)
● Kate Finger – Research and Extension Officer at Birchip Cropping Group (BCG). Topic TBC.
● Prof. Anne-Laure Mention – Director of the Global Business Innovation Enabling
Capability Platform, RMIT University. Topic TBC.
● Prof. Bruce Wilson – European Union Centre of Excellence at RMIT University. Moderator.

PROGRAM: Monday 13 May
11:30am: Registrations open for in-person guests; coffee and tea on arrival
12:00pm: Livestream commences. Opening remarks by HE Mr Gabriele Visentin, EU Ambassador
to Australia, and Prof. Bruce Wilson. Followed by Panel discussion.
12:45pm: Audience Q&A.
1:00pm: Livestream concludes.
1:00pm: Buffet lunch and networking.
2.00pm: Event concludes.

Please register here.