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AFRAN Board - Biography: TeamMember
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Katherine studied Civil Engineering and Arts (French Major) at the University of Adelaide, followed by a co-tutelle PhD at the ANU and AgroParisTech, France. She is now a Professor in the 3A Institute, School of Cybernetics, and the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. Katherine's work focusses on the challenges of implementing collaborative approaches to policy, education and action for sustainable development. She has published over 100 academic works on topics including water governance, climate adaptation, participatory processes, and politics and cultures of innovation. Katherine has previously worked in the ANU Centre for European Studies, HC Coombs Policy Forum, ANU Centre for Policy Innovation and Cemagref in France (now INRAE), including on European projects to strengthen bi-regional dialogue on science and technology between Europe and the Pacific. 



François Aguey-Zinsou completed a PhD in heterogeneous catalysis at the University Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris) in 2001. He carried- out postdoctoral research at The University of Queensland. In 2003, he joined the research centre Helmholtz Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany and worked on the development of materials for hydrogen storage. In 2005, he moved to Queen Mary University London, and later on to University College London. Since 2009, he is leading MERLin at UNSW.  His research focuses on the development of advanced materials for hydrogen technologies.




Thomas Biedermann joined as Manager of the ANU Autonomy, Agency and Assurance (3A) Innovation Institute in October 2017. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Systems Engineering from the French Ecole Centrale Marseille. Prior to joining the ANU in 2016 as a Research Development Coordinator in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, he has worked for the French government in scientific diplomacy in the United States and Australia.



Experienced Research Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the research industry. Skilled in Computational Biology, Python, Bioinformatics, Perl, and Genomics. Strong community and social services professional with a Master's degree focused in Genomics Resources and Data Processing from UHP Nancy FRANCE.

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Public officer

After 7 years of experience in international promotion and cooperation, Sarah has developped precious skills for the organisation and the management of international projects, especially in the fields of training and research. Sarah speaks fluently English and French,  she is highly proficient in Spanish, German, and Dutch, and has a good good command of Chinese. She is  sensitive to inter-culturality and has good interpersonal skills and capacities of dialogue and negotiation with different actors.



Dr Hayes has 30 years’ experience in safety and risk management. Her current activities cover academia, consulting and regulation. She holds an Associate Professor appointment at RMIT University where she is Program Leader for the social science research activities of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre. She works collaboratively with French researchers at IMT Atlantique, University of Nantes, Paris Dauphine University, INERIS and IRSN. Dr Hayes holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Adelaide) a Master of Business (Swinburne) and a PhD in Sociology from the Australian National University.

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Prof. Frédéric Hollande works in the field of cancer cell and translational biology. He worked for CNRS from 1996 to 2011. He co-founded and was the joint-scientific director of a biotech company from 2007 to 2011. He now works in the Department of Clinical Pathology at the University of Melbourne.  He has maintained strong collaborative relationships with French colleagues and heads the Australian node of an INSERM/CNRS Laboratoire International Associé (LIA) in partnership with the Cancer Research Centre of Lyon (CRCL, Prof Alain Puisieux).


Céline d’Orgeville is an Associate Professor at the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics where she leads the AAO-Stromlo Adaptive Optics group and the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre Education Program. As an ANU Translational Fellow Celine develops novel laser technologies for laser guide star adaptive optics applications in astronomy, space surveillance, and laser communications.

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Dr Amy McLennan is a collaborative anthropologist. Her background includes academic training in the biomedical and nutritional sciences, social sciences and French language, and professional experience in the academic, policy and private sectors. Amy is a
Research Fellow at the 3A Institute (College of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University), where the team is building a new applied science to manage sociotechnical systems and their impact on humanity.


Dr Dimitri Perrin is Lecturer in Data Science at Queensland University of Technology. His research interests are in developing new approaches to analyse, understand and optimise biomedical and social systems. His work therefore spans the areas of modelling and simulation, computational biology and bioin- formatics,  and  data  analysis.  Recent  projects  include  gene  editing  (CRISPR),  high-resolution  biomedical  imaging  (CUBIC),  and  mobile  apps  for  health research.

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Dr Yvonne Durandet is an Associate Professor at Swinburne University of Technology, School Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering. She enjoys working on industry-linked projects for Teaching and Research, mainly on Manufacturing Processes and Technologies, Metals and Alloys. She received Industry Partners' and Commercialisation Awards from CAST CRC for achievements in laser assisted joining, surfacing and machining technologies. Prior to joining Swinburne, she led strategic projects at BHP on coatings and near net shape casting of steel and non-ferrous metals. Yvonne holds a PhD degree from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Engineering from SUPMECA, France.

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