Thematic Science Workshops, Seminars and Symposia

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports Australia-China science and technology workshops, seminars and symposia, including the long standing Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series. These forums seek to strengthen cooperative research links between Australia and China in areas of mutual interest.

During 2017, joint workshops between Australian and Chinese researchers were held to discuss electrical energy security, and Square Kilometre Array big data.

Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series

Established in 2004, the Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series seeks to strengthen cooperative research links between Australia and China in areas of mutual national interest.

Organisers and support

This forum is jointly organised by the:

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
  • Australian Academy of Science (AAS)
  • Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

It is supported by the department through the Australia-China Science and Research Fund.

The AAS has been engaged to co-organise the 2018 symposium in Changchun, China at the CAS Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) on the topic of Light changes our life.

For further details please contact:

Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783

Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone:+ 61 2 6201 9400

Thirteenth Annual Australia-China Symposium on Synthetic Biology

The 13th annual Australia-China Symposium on Synthetic Biology was held in Brisbane, Australia from the 17-19 October 2017.

At the symposium, Australian and Chinese researchers discussed their research on macromolecular design, engineering of biochemical pathways and genome-scale re-design of living organisms, as well as the ethical and regulatory implications of synthetic biology research.

Early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) from both countries were also able to share some of their own research during a poster presentation session. The symposium also included visits to the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and the CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform.

An overview of the 2017 Symposium and a copy of the program can be found on the Australian Academy of Science website.

Twelfth Annual Australia-China Symposium on Advanced Materials

The 12th annual Australia-China Symposium on Advanced Materials was held in Ningbo, China from the 21-23 September 2016.

Experts from Australia and China explored the fundamentals of advanced materials, advanced materials research, and the industrial applications of advanced materials.

A group of 16 early to mid-career researchers also attended the event, observing proceedings and presenting posters on their own research.

An overview of the 2016 Symposium and a copy of the program can be found on the Australian Academy of Science website.

Eleventh Annual Australia-China Symposium on Neuroscience

Australia and China’s leading neuroscientists came together to share the latest research on neurodegenerative diseases and mental illness as well as better ways to study the brain.Topics included:

  • Brain Circuitry
  • Major Brain Disease/Disorders like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and mental illness, along with potential treatments
  • China's Big Brain Project (genomics, imaging and biostatics) Big Brain Project (genomics, imaging and biostatics)

List of Australia-China Science Academies Symposia Series to date

Number Location Date Theme
1 Melbourne, Australia 17-20 November 2004 Sustainability
2 Beijing, China 8-12 October 2005 Biotechnology and nanotechnology
3 Sydney, Australia 5-7 November 2006 Energy: transportation fuels, static renewable energy for power generation and traditional energy sources
4 Beijing, China 8-10 August 2007 Sustaining global ecosystems
5 Canberra, Australia 24-25 November 2008 Remote sensing technologies and sustainability
6 Guangzhou and Xiamen, China 12-15 October 2009 Sustainable coastal and deltaic systems
7 Barossa Valley, Australia 14-16 November 2010 Agriculture and food security relating to health
8 Shanghai and Suzhou, China 5-9 November 2011 Green materials and recycling economy
9 Canberra, Australia 22-24 July 2012 Healthy ageing: new approaches to genomics, stem cells and smart technologies
10 Nanjing, China 10-12 November 2013 Astronomy and astrophysics
11 Melbourne, Australia 15-16 October 2015 Neuroscience
12 Ningbo, China 21-23 September 2016 Advanced Materials
13 Brisbane, Australia 17-19 October 2017 Synthetic Biology
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