Australia-China science and research collaboration in the spotlight
There has been a meeting of more than 130 leading Australian and Chinese scientists, researchers, and government representatives in Melbourne this week.
The aim has been to foster greater collaboration and strengthen research and industry links between the two countries.
Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, marked the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and China by opening the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) Knowledge Exchange Symposium.
"Over the past 40 years Australia and China have established strong links and, in the Asian Century, it is important to strengthen our relationships with our Asian neighbours," Senator Evans said.
"China is not only our largest trading partner, but also our most significant education partner, and our third most important partner in research collaboration.
"Australia's research partnership with China is accelerating rapidly and research institutions and industry partners in both countries should pursue opportunities to bring lasting economic, environmental and social benefits.
"One of the best ways to do this is through exchanges of our outstanding young scientists and the Gillard Government is committed to ensuring more Australians take part in exchange visits for Australian and Chinese early and mid career researchers.
"This is particularly significant for developing the next generation of leaders who will have the skills to take up the opportunities of the Asian Century and to work in a global environment."