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Frédéric CHERQUI is Associate Professor at the University Lyon 1 and INSA Lyon, France. He is also Honorary Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne. He has 15+ years research experience in urban water management, performance assessment, asset management and decision aid methods. He is currently working on asset management of Nature-Based Solutions dedicated to stormwater management, and on the development of low-cost monitoring systems for water infrastructure. Frederic is vice-chair of an international working group dedicated to Urban Drainage Asset Management, and is the co-leader of the Nature-based Solution working group of the Water Europe Association.


Dr Marie Bodinier is research director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE, BIA unit, Allergy team).  She is a qualified immunologist and researcher with expertise in allergic disease. She is leading translational research to understand the early mechanisms of allergy development and to establish perinatal nutritional strategies for allergy prevention. Currently, she is coordinating the clinical trial PREGRALL assessing the effects of prebiotics supplementation during pregnancy for allergy prevention and the ancillary study CIMMAP. She is an official collaborator of the Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, Australia since 2016.



Jean-Michel Tanguy, retired from the ministry of Ecology, is presently president of the Group of Scientific Interest “Hydraulics for Ecology and Sustainable Development”. He spent his whole career in the field of water surface modeling, teaching in universities the finite element method. In 2005 he created and was the first director of the National Service of Flood Forecasting (SCHAPI). His main topic of interest is now the development of very fast analytical models usable in flood forecasting and climate change impact.


Thierry Corrège joined the Embassy of France in September 2020 as Science and Higher Education Attaché. Before that, he had been professor of Earth and Marine Sciences at the University of Bordeaux since 2005, and deputy director of the EPOC (Continental and Oceanic Paleoenvironments and Environments) laboratory (U. Bordeaux/CNRS). He gained a PhD in geology from ANU in 1993, then joined the IRD (French National Research Institute of Sustainable Development) with postings in France, New Caledonia and Australia, before moving on to the University of Bordeaux. He has published more than sixty scientific papers on tropical paleoclimatology and the El Niño phenomenon.

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Arnaud Prouzeau is a researcher at Inria (National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology) in Paris, France. Before that, he was a research fellow for three years at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. His research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction and Data Visualisation. More specifically, he explored the use of immersive technology (Virtual and Augmented Reality) in different contexts like data analysis or psychology.


Deciana Speckmann is First Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Paris. In this capacity, she works with colleagues and stakeholders to promote collaboration between Australia and France in a range of fields, including science and innovation. Deciana is also Deputy Permanent Delegate of Australia’s Delegation to UNESCO. In this role, she led negotiations for Australia on a UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and supported negotiations on a Recommendation on Open Science. Deciana previously worked as a climate change negotiator in the UNFCCC and trade negotiator in APEC, which led to a posting in 2016 to support Peru’s APEC host year. Deciana has Masters degrees from the ANU (international law, business) and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (communication).



JL BOBET has completed his PhD at the age of 25 years from University of Bordeaux France in the field of materials science. After a post doctoral position in Japan, he became Associate Professor in France and became full professor at the age of 37. He was the head of the chemistry departement from 2014 to 2019. He has published more than 160 papers in reputed journals and is the co-inventor of 4 patents. He has been invited researcher at Université du Québec à Trois Rivières (Canada) and Universitad Federal do ABC (Brazil). He established collaborations with Japan, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, USA, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Lebanon. His main research activity is on Hydrogen storage in metal hydrides (from the last 25 years) and production by hydrolysis of magnesium (from the last 7 years). He study the relationship between cristal structure and properties.


Dr Vittorio Sansalone is professor of mechanics at the Multiscale Modeling and Simulation laboratory (MSME) of the Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC). His expertise is in the broad area of mechanics of materials and structures. The overarching goal of his research activity is to apply engineering sciences to healthcare. He leads fundamental and applied research in biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system (patient-specific modelling and simulation, growth and remodelling of living tissues, structure-property relationships, and uncertainty quantification). He coordinates the research activities of the Biomaterials group of the CNRS IRP Coss&Vita and of the Modelling section of the CNRS federation IMOA on osteoarticular engineering and mechanobiology.

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Vincent Lesieur is a research scientist at CSIRO European Laboratory (Montpellier, France). His research interests focus on pest and weed management. He uses his background in ecology i) to understand the mechanisms underlying the success of biological invasions and the impact of such invasions on native fauna and flora and ii) to implement biological control and other management techniques for limiting pest and weed impacts. To do so, he uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes experimental studies and fieldwork, analysis of life-history traits, and genetic tools.


Jean-François Hocquette is Research Director and Scientific Officer in charge of International Relationships for Australia and New-Zealand of INRAE (the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment). His research interests concern muscle biology, genomics and consumer studies as relevant to muscle growth or beef eating quality. He was leader of the research team “Muscle Growth and Metabolism” (1999-2006), and Director of the Herbivore Research Unit (172 staff, 2006-2010). He has been working for the French High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES) from 2012 to 2021. He is now president of the French Association for Animal Production. He was awarded twice by the American Society of Animal Sciences (2014 and 2021). He will organize the World Congress of Animal Science in Lyon in 2023.

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Vice-President for International Affairs at the University of Limoges, France, since January 2021.

Previously Head of the International office of the IUT du Limousin for 15 years, and Unilim coordinator for English-speaking partnerships from 2015 to 2021.

Has worked, over the last 15 years, with a number of Australian companies and institutions offering our students internships at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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