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AUSTRALIA-CHINA SCIENCE COLLABORATION SET TO INCREASE

5 July 2005 MIN 1147/05

On behalf of the Australian Government, I have this week in Beijing, China signed two agreements with the Chinese Minister for Science and Technology, Professor Xu Guanhua, which will strengthen and enhance collaboration between Australia and China in science and technology.

These agreements re-confirm our countries’ strong commitment to strengthening ties and raising the level of scientific and technological cooperation.

The first is the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and relates to the joint management of the Australia-China Special Fund for Scientific and Technological Cooperation.

Under this fund, each country provides support of up to $500,000 per year for research projects between Australia and China in agreed priority areas.

The fund, which was established in 2001, has supported 26 projects to date. The initiative has led to a range of mutually beneficial outcomes including one project focused on the commercialisation of biological control methods for wheat disease.

The second agreement, a Letter of Intent, paves the way for the establishment of the Young Scientist Exchange Scheme for researchers who have shown outstanding ability and the potential to become leaders in the science community.

Participating scientists will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the science system in the host country, broaden their knowledge through the sharing of ideas and

establish lasting ties between our research communities.

The priority given to scientific and technological research by both the Australian and Chinese Governments is evidence of our willingness to embrace progress and place our countries in the best position to meet the challenges of the future.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Julianne Stewart (02) 6240 7175