2021 AFRAN Forum
Sustainability and Wellbeing
Each year, the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation (AFRAN) Inc. runs a Forum to exhibit and discuss current cooperation and areas of future cooperation upscaling potential. The 2021 AFRAN Forum will be held on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 December 2021, and will be hosted online.
The theme for 2021 is “Sustainability and Wellbeing”.
Societies are facing increasing pressures linked to the global pandemic,climate change, ecosystem degradation, and rapid technological and mobility changes in our daily lives. It is thus an appropriate moment for reflecting globally on the role for research and innovation collaboration for supporting greater sustainability and well-being. This Forum will explore the challenges and opportunities driven by the energy transition, global and local health issues, agriculture and food practices, and human and environmental quality and wellbeing. It will also highlight current and future opportunities for strengthening French and Australian research and innovation cooperation.
The online AFRAN Forum 2021 will be followed by in-person receptions:
At the National Press Club in Canberra on Wednesday 8 December at 18.00
At the Alliance française of Adelaide on Wednesday 8 December at 18.30
Stay tuned for reception details in other AFRAN Hubs!
Tuesday 7 December- DAY 1: 19.00 - 21.00 AEDT
19.00-19.05 - Welcome: Prof Katherine Daniell, AFRAN President
19.05-19.10 - keynote speech - Message from H.E. Mr. Jean-Pierre Thebault, Ambassador of France in Australia
19.10-19.15 - keynote speech - Message from H.E. Ms Gillian Bird, Ambassador of Australia to France
19.15-20.20 - Keynote panel : French-Australian R&I collaboration keynote-panel
Chair: Prof Thierry Correge, Attaché for Science and Higher Education, Embassy of France in Australia
Dr Eric Huttner, Chief Scientist at the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research
Dr Thierry Lefrançois, Veterinarian and Director of the Biological Systems Department at CIRAD
Dr Marie-Laure Vercambre, Director General - French Water Partnership
20.20-20.30 - Presentation of the AFRAN and French Embassy’s tools to support cooperation - Prof Thierry Correge, Attaché for Science and Higher Education
20.30-20.40 - Australia’s priorities for science collaboration with France - Ms Sarah Brown, Australia Science and Innovation Counsellor in Brussels and Ms Deciana Speckmann, First Secretary at the Embassy of Australia in France
20.40-21.00 - Launch of the AFRAN French hub
Wednesday 8 December - DAY 2: 9.15 - 16.15 AEDT
9.15-9.20 - Welcome: Prof Katherine Daniell, AFRAN President
9.20-9.30 - Opening remarks: Prof Jean-Paul Toutain, Regional Director of the CNRS representation in Oceania
9.30-10.30 - Panel discussion: Health and wellbeing
Chair: Prof. Frédéric Hollande, University of Melbourne
Prof Alexandra Barratt, University of Sydney.
Dr Anne-Lise Chaber, University of Adelaide.
A/Prof Ellen Broad, Australian National University.
Dr Myrielle Dupont-Rouzeyrol, Institut Pasteur in New Caledonia.
11.00 -12.00 - Panel discussion: Environmental quality
Chair: Prof Katherine Daniell, AFRAN
Dr Fabienne Reisen, CSIRO
Prof Roel Plant, University of Technology Sydney
Dr Alexia Dubuc, Ifremer
Mr Jason Alexandra, RMIT
13.00-14.00 - Panel discussion: Low emission technologies
Chair: Prof. François Aguey, University of Sydney
Dr Hedda Ransan-Cooper, ANU - equitable energies and grids
A/Prof Iain Macgill, UNSW - integrating hydrogen technologies
Prof Andrew Stuchbery, ANU - Nuclear perspective in Australia
Prof Richard Manasseh, Swinburne University - Wave energy
14.15-15.15 - Panel discussion: Agriculture
Chair: Dr Kate Andrews, Natural Resources Management Regions Australia / ANU
Dr Severine Bouard, New Caledonian Agricultural Institute
Pr Andy Sheppard, CSIRO and Academy of the Agriculture in France
Dr Thomas Hue, New Caledonian Agricultural Institute
Dr Luc Barret, CSIRO
15.15-15.30 - Forum closing session: Prof Katherine Daniell , AFRAN President and Prof Pascale Quester, VC Swinburne University of Technology
15.45-16.15 - AFRAN AGM
18.00-20.00 - Reception at the National Press Club in Canberra: drinks and canapés, free event
18.30-20.00 - Reception at the Alliance Française of Adelaide: drinks and canapés, free event