International Collaboration

Cooperation in science and technology is a key element in national science and innovation systems and is vital in supporting our economic growth, and social and environmental wellbeing.  This is because collaborative S&T research relationships are proven to produce better research and optimise environment for innovation breakthroughs.

ATSE believes that Australia’s economic competitiveness and social and environmental well-being depend on translating its science and technology research into industry innovation and application – a process vitally strengthened through effective international engagement. The International Engagement Position Statement supports the ATSE 2103-2017 Strategy Plan which sets out the priorities and approaches the Academy will take to promote the application of technological sciences and engineering into innovation for the benefit of Australia

ATSE has worked to enhance S&T international collaborations for Australia.  This has been achieved through the engagement of Australia’s leading researchers, scientists, technologists and engineers in exchange programs, workshops numerous delegation and missions on S&T topics of national importance. 

The aim of ATSE activities is to accelerating global research relationships by providing greater and more effective access to international science relationships.

ATSE has strong linkages with our sister academies around the world.  We also link with many institutes and organisations to assist us facilitating collaboration.

Benefits of international collaboration include:

  • participation of Australian experts in research activities of global significance;
  • enhancing reputation of Australian science and technology;
  • increasing quality of research publications,
  • enhancing access to international expertise and networks of researchers 
  • Providing a stimulating environment which triggers new ideas, technologies and innovations;
  • Facilitating access to new funding opportunities;
  • Providing access to data, samples for testing and analysis, cutting edge technology, equipment and infrastructure;
  • Increasing the cultural and professional development of Australian scientists.

Read more about ATSE's Global Partners

Fostering Understanding

ATSE's bilateral and multilateral connections involve regular analysis on country engagement, briefings and correspondence with the Australian State and Federal Governments.

The Academy promotes its activities abroad and seeks out opportunities through the Australian science and research advisory /counsellor positions based in diplomatic posts in Beijing, Brussels, New Delhi and Washington, and through the establishment of relationships and its program of briefings with foreign diplomatic missions in Australia.

This is reinforced through the Academy's engagement with the Councils established by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to foster understanding and to support 'people to people' relations. This approach, which focuses on Asian, European and Latin American relations, provides valuable strategic and financial support to the Academy through its grant scheme.

International understanding is also fostered through the work of the Crawford Fund which was established by ATSE in 1987 as a non-profit, non-government organisation to raise awareness of the benefits to developing countries and to Australia of international agricultural research. Its focus on training, grants to researchers in developing countries, and the sharing and exchange of information through publications and conferences.

ATSE hosts Indonesian Science Academy

The President and Secretary General of the Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI), Professor Sangkot Marzuki AM and Dr Budhi Suyitno, met with ATSE Fellows and staff at the Academy Office in Melbourne during their September visit to Australia.

The meeting was attended by the President, Dr Alan Finkel AM FTSE, CEO Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE, Victorian Division Chair Dr Glen Kile AM FTSE and Professor Ana Deletic FTSE, Professor of Civil Engineering and a Director of Monash Water for Liveability.

During the meeting they discussed potential collaboration between Australia and Indonesia and were briefed on the STELR program.

The visit followed two previous missions from AIPI, which included the re-signing of an MoU in 2011. The two Academies have been exploring opportunities for Australia and Indonesia to collaborate in urban water management primarily, including the health implications and governance issues.

Photo: The Presidents shake hands at the meeting, watched by (from left) Dr Suyitno, Dr Kile, Professor Deletic and Dr Hartley.
alan finkel and sangkot marzuki handshake