The US-Australia Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting which will be held in Arlington, Virginia (close to Washington, DC) on 11-14 May 2015. This meeting is held under the auspices of the US-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, the major civil science dialogue between the two countries which is held every two years.
The purpose of this Technical Exchange Meeting is to explore and potentially build basic research collaborations in enabling technologies between the US and Australia and will comprise of three overarching technical thrusts: Materials Science, Physics and Biomedical Sciences. Subtopics include materials for extreme environments, low-density materials, materials chemistry, nanoelectronics, sensors, lasers, photonics, biophysics, human performance, biological effects of nanosystems, power and energy; and structural mechanics and prognosis.
US participation will include the Department of Defence, civilian science agencies, and academic researchers.
Australian researchers are invited to submit abstracts for consideration in the program. The co-chairs for the meeting, Dr Sofi Bin-Salamon (US) and Dr Rosie Hicks (Australia) have requested biographies and abstracts to be sent to the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (ed.scienceUS@dfat.gov.au) no later than 13 February 2015.
Once biographies and abstracts are submitted, efforts will be made by the Co-Chairs to identify possible new areas of potential collaboration with the agenda being finalised based on both US and Australian responses.
Selected Australian researchers will be notified, most likely by the second week of March, if they have been chosen for inclusion in the Program and encouraged to attend.
Please note that, if selected, attendees are responsible for funding and making their own travel arrangements including lodging for the Enabling Technologies meeting in May.
The co-chairs have provided further information on the meeting in the attached with relevant contacts listed.
This meeting will provide a valuable opportunity for Australian researchers to engage with a wide range of US research agencies and academics and maximise US research collaboration and partnerships.
Technical Exchange Meeting pdf