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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


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