Scientific collaboration between Australia and Europe will be highlighted during the EuroScience Questacon festival this week.
The third edition of the annual event stemmed from an Australian National University (ANU) idea to help promote the close and enduring links between scientists in Australia and the European Union (EU).
Brian Schmidt, Nobel Laureate and ANU vice-chancellor, helped open the six-day festival on Monday, saying there was much to be gained from pooling Australian and European expertise. European-Australian scientific collaboration was strong and continues to grow, he added.
“I expect research partnerships between Australia and European researchers to go from strength to strength,” Schmidt said.
“At ANU last year more than 2,800 scientific publications resulted from ANU and EU collaborations.
“EuroScience at Questacon showcases the best of European science and technology to young Australian minds.
“It reminds us why Australian-European scientific collaboration is so important. At the ANU we are working hard to make these links even stronger.”
Questacon, in collaboration with the EU delegation and the ANU Centre for European Studies, showcases the stories of the past, present and future of European science and technology.
The festival includes science shows, guest presentations and Q Lab activities.