Stories of French-Australian Innovation

Changing lives together: from water to astronomy to cancer, this collection showcases outstanding collaborations between French and Australian researchers.

Scientific collaboration between Australia and France stretches back to the early days of European settlement, when La Pérouse built an observatory at Botany Bay in 1788.

A century later, Louis Pasteur’s nephew Adrien Loir came to fight Australia’s rabbit plague with chicken cholera. Though it didn’t work out, he stayed in Sydney for years producing anthrax vaccine for cattle.

More recently, Australian geophysicist Kurt Lambeck played a key role in the establishment of the French satellite program and unravelled the mysteries of the Earth’s changing shape.

Today, hundreds of collaborations between French and Australian researchers are happening at any time, in fields from fundamental physics to high-tech manufacturing to environmental protection.

Stories of French-Australian Innovation gives a taste of these projects.

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