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Ministers for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

$0.77M AWARDED TO BUILD INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE LINKS

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today announced grants totalling $0.77 million to assist 117 of Australia's leading scientists to undertake important collaborative research.

The recipients, from a variety of disciplines, were selected by the Australian Academy of Science to work with partners in North America, Europe and Asia.

"International science engagement is vital in order for Australia to effectively contribute to solving global problems such as climate change," Senator Carr said.

"Engaging with international partners enables Australian researchers to tap into global networks, technologies and infrastructure that allows them to achieve greater results."

Funding for these grants is provided through the Australian Government's International Science Linkages - Science Academies Program. The Science Academies Program provides support for Australian researchers to participate in strategically focused, leading edge, international scientific research and technology collaborations.

"These projects will play an important role in contributing to the quality of Australian science and its capacity to deliver benefits to the entire Australian community," Senator Carr said.

Recipients include:

• Dr Jaclyn Brown, CSIRO: Understanding El Nino and drought in a warmer climate;

• Dr Vanessa Hayes, University of NSW: Genome sequencing for preservation of the Tasmanian Devil;

• Dr Helen Irving-Rodgers, University of Adelaide: Preserving the fertility of women with cancer;

• Dr Morgan Pratchett, James Cook University: Predicting future effects of climate change on coral reefs; and

• Professor Dougal McColloch, RMIT University: Developing tools for exploring the nano-world.

A complete list of successful grantees and their projects is attached and can be viewed at http://www.science.org.au/internat/index.htm.

Senator the Hon Kim Carr

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

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