Strengthening collaboration between European and Australian research infrastructures

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The NCRIS Health Group is working with our European health research infrastructure colleagues to strengthen collaboration opportunities to support future international collaborative projects, and potential translation outcomes such as multi-centre clinical trials and industry engagement.

From September 5-8, 2023, selected participants including the NCRIS Health Group, EMBL Australia, ESFRI research infrastructures as well as EMBL met at the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy to discuss common priorities & challenges and the Australian and European Health Research Infrastructure Symposium.

This event was a unique opportunity for European and Australian research infrastructures in the health domain to network, identify trends and share best practices on topics ranging from research translation, cross-capability interactions, data, government and industry collaboration.

Group photo, including Phenomics Australia Chair of the Board Dr Liz Jazwinska and CEO Prof Michael Dobbie. Photo courtesy of @EMBLAustralia on X, (formerly known as Twitter).

Six different Research Infrastructures (RIs) in the health domain attended from Australia, including Phenomics Australia, Bioplatfoms Australia (BPA), the National Imaging Facility (NIF), Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA), Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and EMBL Australia. Eight European RIs from the health domain on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap were invited, including BBMRI-ERIC, Euro-BioImaging ERIC, EATRIS, ELIXIR, ECRIN, Infrafrontier, EU-OPENSCREEN and Instruct-ERIC. Australia’s NCRIS, EMBL, EMBL-EBI and ESFRI were also represented.

Australian and European Health Research Infrastructure Symposium participants. Photo courtesy of @EMBLAustralia (on X, formerly known as Twitter).

On the agenda were activities and research being delivered through EMBL’s Molecules to Ecosystems programme, innovation & translation, service provision and data science – with the overarching theme of scientific collaboration underpinning discussions.

About the NCRIS Health Group

The NCRIS Health Group includes Bioplatforms Australia (BPA), National Imaging Facility (NIF), Phenomics Australia (PA), Population Health Research Network (PHRN) and Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA), enabled by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The NCRIS Health Group supports cross-disciplinary research, giving Australian researchers access to world-leading facilities for more impactful outcomes across the whole translation cycle. Contact any of the affiliated organisations for more information about open access to capabilities.

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