International Science Linkage for Gianluca
13 November 2008
Gianluca Ranzi has secured funding through the International Science Linkages (ISL) - Science Academies Program 2009-2010, announced last week by Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
The grant program is for scientists undertaking collaborative research with international partners. A total of $0.77 million was announced for 117 projects involving Australian scientists collaborating with international partners from of a variety of disciplines based in North America, Asia and Europe.
Gianluca will collaborate with Professor Sang-Hyo Kim from Yonsei University and Dr Hyun-Joon Shin at the Korea Institute of Construction Technology (KICT).
"This visit further strengthens collaborations between the team at the University of Sydney and Korean researchers in the area of composite steel-concrete structures, which are being supported also by the Australia-Korea Foundation," Dr Ranzi said. "The outcomes of this research will be beneficial to Australian industry, which is at the forefront internationally in product development in this area.
"This will also represent an excellent opportunity to be exposed to the world-class fire testing facilities at the KICT," he added.
The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) has run international exchange programs for thirty years with funding from different sources. The current ISL - Science Academies Program funds are part of $3.9 million provided by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to the AAS over four years. While this round of funding expires in the 2009-2010, making next year the final year to apply for the grants in this incarnation, a spokeswoman from the AAS said the Academy will soon enter into negotiations with the department for further funding.