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Building a stronger future through international research partnerships

25 September 2007

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced that the Australian Government would provide $3.5 million for projects to commence in 2008 under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage International scheme.

“The Linkage International scheme provides support to researchers to participate in and build international research networks and collaborations that will help them advance their expertise and enhance Australia’s standing in the international research community,” Minister Bishop said.

“In this round, the Government is funding researchers to work in a diverse range of disciplines with leading experts in the United States of America, United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, Sweden, Austria, France, India and Italy.”

Australian researchers will work with international researchers to:

z collect new data on magnetic storms in the Earth's magnetosphere to understand how

they disrupt and damage electronic systems, including GPS navigational systems and mobile telephone networks (The University of Newcastle with University of California and the US National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration). z produce very stable frequencies in the underused extremely high frequency band—

important for space communications and navigation technology—to create higher bandwidths and faster transmission rates (The University of Western Australia with University of Limoges, France). z investigate how scrapie, a disease of sheep similar to mad cow disease, reaches the

nervous system of sheep, to enable development of strategies to combat possible future outbreaks of the disease (The University of Melbourne with University of Bologna, Italy). z study limitations to the peripheral vision of the eye, particularly as a result of refractive

surgical intervention, to improve detection and diagnosis of ophthalmic disease (Queensland University of Technology with The University of Manchester, UK). z refine predictive models of climate change to assess the likely impact on the

sustainability of Australia’s forests (University of Western Sydney with Griffith University and The Macaulay Institute, Scotland). z develop satellite remote sensing techniques to find and map archaeological sites such

as the World Heritage sites at Angkor, Cambodia (The University of Sydney with the University of Venice, Italy).

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The Linkage International scheme is funded under the Australian Government’s 10-year $8.3 billion commitment to innovation, Backing Australia’s Ability.

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