Chris Evans: Report puts Australia-China science collaboration to the test

20 February 2012

Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans released a new report Science and Research Collaboration between Australia and China on 14 February 2012, in which the science and research partnership between Australia and China has been put under the microscope.

"Australia's research partnership with China is accelerating rapidly and research institutions and industry partners in both countries should pursue opportunities to bring lasting economic, environmental and social benefits," Senator Evans said.

Key findings of the report include:

• both Australia and China have prioritised developing a national innovation system to use science and research to build prosperity and address key challenges;

• there is scope for collaborative relationships in areas of global importance such as sustainable agriculture and energy;

• the large number of Chinese students studying in Australia is developing networks that assist future collaborative efforts; and

• significant opportunities exist for research institutions and business to create innovation-driven partnerships with Chinese organisations.

The report provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on the scope of collaboration between Australian and Chinese institutions. Within the report, the China Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney, was noted as an example of an Australian university that has "made engagement with China a priority."