Expanding collaborations with German researchers

Published 16 November 2015

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The University of New England has been awarded funding across four research projects as part of the inaugural round of the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.

The scheme encourages universities and research institutes in Germany and Australia to provide matched funds for established and up-and-coming scientists and researchers to undertake collaborative research in their partner country.

UNE researchers will be expanding their work with their German counterparts on projects concerning agricultural economics (Professor Gary Griffith), mathematical aspects of relativity (Dr Stephen McCormick), animal production (Dr Isabelle Ruhnke) and soil chemistry (Associate Professor Chris Guppy).

UNE’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Heiko Daniel explained that the expansion of Australia’s international research engagement with Germany, one of the world’s research and innovation powerhouses, presents opportunities for building new partnerships and an enhanced capacity for research outputs.

“This scheme will fund travel and living costs, enabling Australian researchers to visit their German colleagues and German researchers to visit Australia,” Professor Daniel said.

“Australian and German researchers will work on global frontier research projects that lead to solutions to local issues. In all, this program is excellent for UNE, allowing us to continue building partnerships with researchers and world-class institutions in Germany.”

Thirty-six of Australia’s universities chose to participate in 2015 and committed over AUD $1.4 million in funding. The DAAD will provide a similar amount for the successful German applicants.

The scheme was established between Universities Australia and the nationally funded German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in December 2014.

With a budget of 430 million euros per year, the DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world for international academic exchange.


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Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn – Chain Failure and Chain Goods in Sustainable Food Value Chains (Agricultural Economics)
Professor Monika Hartmann, monika.hartmann@ilr.uni-bonn.de
Professor Garry Griffith, ggriffit@une.edu.au

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen – Bartnik’s quasi-local mass functional (Mathematical Aspects of General Relativity; Partial Differential Equations)

Dr Carla Cederbaum, cederbaum@math.uni-tuebingen.de
Dr Stephen McCormick, stephen.mccormick@une.edu.au

Freie Universität Berlin – Managing Fibre Intake in Laying Hens (Animal Production)        
Professor Jürgen Zentek
Dr Isabelle Ruhnke, iruhnke@une.edu.au

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH – Phosphorus forms, associations and availability in subsoils (Soil Chemistry)
Dr. Roland Bol, r.bol@fz-juelich.de
Associate Professor Chris Guppy, cguppy@une.edu.au