Published on 9 May 2017

An Australian delegation from Macquarie University, led by Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, was welcomed at Université Paris-Saclay by the Director of International Development, Guillaume Garreta and the Deputy Director for Research, Armelle Regnault, as well as Etienne Augé, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at Université Paris-Sud and Isabelle Charrier, Researcher at the CNRS (Institut des Neurosciences Paris-Saclay).

Well positioned in Australia in several mutual areas of research with Université Paris-Saclay such as agricultural and biological sciences, environmental science and physical sciences, Macquarie University is looking to reinforce its cooperation with Université Paris-Saclay. Given the dynamics observed through co-authored publications, fields such as agricultural and biological sciences, molecular biology, biochemistry, planetary science, and medicine could give rise to an intensification of exchanges between students and researchers.

On the basis of two existing international associated laboratories, the first dedicated to better understanding communication systems used by pinnipeds (LIA McoMM, Isabelle Charrier, UPSud, NeuroPSI), the second exploring themes such as “plasmons in optical antenna” and “metamaterial” (LIA AIPhFA, UPSud, IEF, C2N), Macquarie University and Université Paris-Saclay have agreed to make use of available funding both on a national and a European scale, in particular to structure on the long run student exchanges on both Master and Doctoral levels as well as that of networks of researchers and / or assistant-researchers.