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Micro visit by EU Commissioner


5 March 2012

Simon Ringer (right) shows EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn around the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.
Simon Ringer (right) shows EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn around the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility.

Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, has visited the University to discuss collaborative projects in microscopy and microanalysis.

The Commissioner today visited the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, where she met the chief executive, Professor Simon Ringer, the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Jill Trewhella.

The Commissioner is interested in expanding the science and technology links between Europe and Australia, with 80 billion Euros available for investment in research and innovation under the EU's Horizon 2020 program.

Her visit was the first stop on an Australian tour where she will be looking at collaborative research facilities and the benefits they bring to science and innovation.

Ms Geoghegan-Quinn was given a tour of the microscopy unit, and took part in an information session designed to give her an overview of its structure and achievements.

Professor Ringer said the AMMRF was an example of Australia's ability to fund and operate distributed research centres, and to deliver results in terms of innovation and commercial linkages.


Contact: Dr Jenny Whiting

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