The European Union is a major driver of scientific research. Stories of European-Australian Research highlights the scope of collaboration between Europe and Australia that spans almost every discipline.
The gift of a high-tech German neutron beam instrument is set to help Australian
researchers develop new antibiotics, understand smart polymer coatings and
create more efficient solar cells.
The Spatz neutron reflectometer uses a beam of neutrons
generated in the Open Pool Australian Lightwater (OPAL) reactor in Sydney to reveal
the structure of surfaces and interfaces such as cell membranes and
Continue reading The neutron zone
The Danish wind turbine company Vestas is teaming up with Australian
scientists to develop stronger carbon fibre composite materials to be used in
reinforcing turbine blades.
Vestas has funded two years of research at Deakin
University’s Carbon Nexus facility in Geelong into strengthening carbon fibre.
Continue reading Tougher materials for bigger turbines
German and Australian researchers are seeking opportunities in transition.
Moving away from fossil fuels is challenging, but it also
presents huge opportunities. At the Energy Transition Hub, more than 140
Australian and German researchers are working together to tackle the social and
technical challenges and take advantage of the trade and export opportunities.
Continue reading Finding the way to zero-carbon energy
Italian and Australian researchers are figuring out how bones and joints
Almost five million Australians over 50 suffer from
osteoporosis, and the number is rising.
Continue reading Bone mechanics
To hear tiny vibrations from half a galaxy away, first you need to filter
out the Earth’s constant rumbling.
At gravitational wave observatories such as the European
Advanced Virgo in Italy, scientists try to detect ripples in spacetime caused
by colliding black holes and other stellar cataclysms.
Continue reading Inventing the ultimate suspension system
In a whisper-quiet area of the outback in Western Australia, 133,000 radio
telescope antennas are about to be built.
When complete, they’ll be able to pick up radio signals from
the time when the first stars in the universe formed.
Continue reading The world’s largest scientific instrument
Australian universities joined a European fleet of CubeSats to explore a
little-known layer of the atmosphere.
In May 2017, the European Union led a mission called QB50 to
launch a constellation of 50 mini-satellites from the International Space
Station. The pocket-sized CubeSats set out to study the thermosphere, the layer
of Earth’s atmosphere between 90 and 600 kilometres above the ground that
carries signals from GPS and other satellites.
Continue reading 50 CubeSats to explore the thermosphere
Brussels to Sydney in less than three hours.
A passenger jet could one day fly halfway around the world
in just a few hours. That’s the goal of the High-speed Experimental Fly project
(HEXAFLY): going beyond the supersonic realm pioneered by the now-defunct
Concorde to reach hypersonic speeds more than five times as fast as sound.
Continue reading Hypersonic travel
The Copernicus Earth-observation program delivers a steady stream of
information about how the planet changes from day to day.
Run by the European Commission and the European Space
Agency, Copernicus uses satellites called Sentinels that continuously monitor
Earth from space and tools on the ground for calibration and cross-checking.
Continue reading International eye in the sky