Delegation of the European Union to Botswana and SADC

Funding Science, Funding Futures: European Approaches

10/07/2019 - 06:25
Conferences & conventions

The European Union and Australia recognise the importance of research, science and innovation to promote inclusive, smart and sustainable growth.

How does the EU prioritise and fund science, innovation and research? How does it differ to Australia's approach? How do the EU and Australia collaborate through #Horizon2020?

Join Jean-Eric Paquet Director-General of Research and Innovation (European Commission) and Prof James Whisstock, Scientific Head European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Australia) in conversation with the ABC's Bernie Hobbs.

WHEN: 6:30 Wednesday 24 July

WHERE: Clemenger Auditorium, National Gallery of Victoria,180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, 3004




The European Union will invest over $115 billion through the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) in science and innovation.

Through Horizon 2020, the EU has invested approximately €5.9 million ($9.6 million) in Australian research and innovation, supporting scientists at universities and institutes across Australia in areas including health, food, transport, environment, ICT, research infrastructures, and future and emerging technologies.

Through Implementing Arrangements with the NHMRC (and effective from October 2019 with the ARC) scientists have the opportunity to join high-calibre research teams in Europe for up to 12 months. The European Research Council has supported more than 48 Australian researchers based in Europe, and since 2007, more than 590 Australians researchers have taken part in the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions, which support interdisciplinary mobility.

The funding encourages the pooling of international resources, connects scientists worldwide, and inspires researchers to create a more knowledge-intensive society and discoveries for future generations.




National Gallery of Victoria
Clemenger Auditorium, 180 St Kilda Road Southbank

3004 Melbourne