04 April 2014

The European Union flag Research from South Australian universities is set to play a vital role in supporting European Union initiatives across a wide portfolio from tackling the worldwide challenges of diaspora and population mobility, through to health and food production, and innovations in global trade.

Visiting Adelaide next week to present plans for global collaboration on research, the Ambassador of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand, Mr Sem Fabrizi, will deliver a special public lecture on April 9 at Elder Hall 11 am EU and Australia in the World: Creating Change, Driving Progress – sponsored by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

Both universities have already forged strong relationships with the European Union.

Mr Fabrizi will present a picture of the depth and vibrancy of the EU’s ongoing relationship with Australia forged through shared values, community links and common economic and strategic interests.

“We have a deep and dynamic relationship with Australia and one that continues to offer mutual benefits to the wider world both economically and socially,” Mr Fabrizi says.

“As the EU steps up its efforts to support global innovation partnerships, Australia is increasingly a key country for collaboration.

“One of the mega trends shaping our world is the re-emergence of Asia as an economic and cultural force and Australia is in a unique position to share its experience and knowledge as part of the Asia-Pacific region.”

While in Adelaide, Mr Fabrizi will also be presenting the EU’s new program for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, to scientists and researchers.

The program represents a €80 million investment to harness some of the world’s best research relevant to some of our most pressing problems and exciting opportunities.

Through specialists in migration, mobility and cultural transformation across UniSA, and the University of Adelaide’s experts in international trade, business, law, economics, and the humanities and social sciences, the EU is developing close collaborations in SA.

This special public presentation is supported by UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute and the University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade.

You can register to attend the public lecture by emailing lin.siah@adelaide.edu.au

Media contacts:

UniSA: Michèle Nardelli tel: 0418823673

University of Adelaide: Kate Bourne tel: 0457 537 677

EU: Nikki-Lynne Hunter tel: 612 62712746

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