Australia-New Zealand science and innovation agreement signed

Science and Innovation Minister Paul Goldsmith has welcomed the signing of a ground- breaking bilateral international science agreement between New Zealand and Australia.

The Australia–New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement is a commitment to valuable collaboration across the innovation and science systems, and between researchers and innovative companies, on both sides of the Tasman.

Goldsmith said the agreement sets out a clear work programme that will provide a focus-point for cooperation.

“New Zealand’s role as foundation investors in the Australian Synchrotron is a prime example of that collaboration, and means we now have access to a facility which can assist in the development of everything from forensics, to surgical tools, to understanding environmental issues.”

Synchrotron users vary from universities and Crown Research Institutes, through to the private sector and high-tech start-ups.

Key initial proposals in the work programme include mapping collaborative research opportunities, research infrastructure planning and investment, standards and measurement research and the exchange of experts, knowledge and expertise.

The agreement also provides for a wide array of initiatives such as common science priorities, working together in other international endeavours and the promotion of a trans-Tasman innovation ecosystem for talent and investment attraction.

More information on the agreement and associated new initiatives can be found on the MBIE website (HERE).

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