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The co-location will strengthen collaboration between CNRS and the University of Melbourne on research projects, joint PhD opportunities and information exchange.

The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) will co-locate its representative office for Oceania at the University of Melbourne, fostering collaborations between the University and one of the world’s leading research institutions.

The Director General and President of the CNRS, Professor Antoine Petit, and representatives visited the Parkville campus last week as part of a CNRS delegation visiting Australia.

Professor Petit and University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Jim McCluskey, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing an ongoing research partnership that began in 2014.

Professor McCluskey said the presence of the CNRS on campus would create new opportunities for closer scientific collaboration between Australia, the region and France.

“Our research partnership with the CNRS is already producing fantastic results, especially in the development of our next generations of researchers through the joint PhD programme,” said Professor McCluskey.

“Having the CNRS, our main institutional collaborator in Europe, join us here in Parkville will open more doors and foster new collaborations.

Future collaborations will include research projects, joint doctoral opportunities, personnel and information exchanges, and shared events and publications.

Professor Petit considers that the co-location of the CNRS in Melbourne creates new possibilities for scientific progress throughout the ocean region.

“The new representative office in Melbourne will give the CNRS the opportunity to deepen our scientific partnerships with Oceania, and more particularly with Australia, which is a world leader in scientific research,” said Professor Petit.

The delegation visited the laboratory of the director of the Center for Particle Physics in Dark Matter, Professor Elisabetta Barberio, who works closely with CNRS academics to probe the nature of neutrinos and dark matter.

“It is very exciting to have the support of CNRS for our contribution to a major collaboration between science, engineering and industry to build the world’s largest liquid xenon experiment – DARWIN, a physics experiment underground probing the nature of neutrinos and dark matter,” Professor Barberio said. mentioned.