Politicians approve of photonics collaboration

Politicians approve of photonics collaboration

Physics and Astronomy’s Dr Darren Hudson was in the presence of world leaders earlier this month.

 Malcolm Turnbull and Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron witnessed the signing of the renewal agreement for the Associated Laboratory for Photonics between France and Australia (ALPhFA).

ALPhFA is a collaboration between five Australian universities—Macquarie, Australian National University, RMIT, the University of Sydney and Swinburne—and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in France. Macquarie manages the laboratory in Australia.

The renewal provides a further four years of funding for students and early-career researchers to travel between French and Australian laboratories to undertake collaborative work in the field of optics and photonics.

As part of the initiative, there will also be two workshops aimed at forged stronger research ties between French and Australian scientists.

“It’s great to see world leaders such as Prime Minister Turnbull and President Macron acknowledging the importance of strong scientific links between our two countries,” says Darren, who is also the Vice President of ALPhFA.

“This signing ceremony will be followed by a more formal agreement, which will be signed later this year. Then we plan to hold our first workshop before Christmas, so stay tuned for more details!”

Published 16 May 2018.

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