European Green Deal presentation at the France & Australia Bushfire Science Workshop

    17/09/2020 - 18:00
    Australia, Virtual Conference
    17/09/2020 - 19:00
    The French Embassy, the Group of Eight and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC


EURAXESS Australia and New Zealand had the previlige to be invited to speak at the France & Australia Bushfire Science Workshop, a virtual workshop to promote French-Australian research collaboration in bushfire research. The Group of Eight and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partnered with the French Embassy to convene this online workshop to discuss the latest advances in bushfire research and to foster future collaborations between the two nations.

The presentation highlighted the specificities of the European Green Deal and the European Green Deal Call with a focus on Call Area 1: Increasing Climate Ambition: Cross-sectoral Challenges, delving into details of the Topic: Preventing and fighting extreme wildfires with the integration and demonstration of innovative means. It was presented by Nishant Shandilya, Regional Representative, EURAXESS Australia & New Zealand. 


The 3 days workshop will provide Australian and French researchers with a forum to share, discuss and anticipate research relevant to bushfire and other natural hazard emergencies with key research users including emergency service and government agencies.

The workshop aims to build upon the strong interest in Australia and internationally in bushfire response following the unprecedented 2019-20 Australian bushfire season. Current and future collaborators in bushfire and hazard research will gain a consolidated and greater appreciation of where joint activity is needed to better prepare for, support and respond to expected and emerging challenges.

The workshop program will be held over three days at a time suitable to participants in both France and Australia. Panel discussions will be led by researchers, government and agency representatives, and policy makers from both countries, with opportunities for workshop participants to ask questions. There is no charge to attend but registration is essential.

The topics to be covered include:

  • The emergency response to the crisis

  • The science of extreme fires

  • Managing the land, forests and urban zones

  • Health and medical issues

  • Environmental restoration

  • Future risks

  • Opportunities for collaboration

Most Go8 universities participate in the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, creating a natural affiliation between the two organisations’ respective expertise. CRC and Go8 bushfire researchers are also collaborating internationally, including with France, in related research projects; such as Horizon 2020.

Both organisations are now intent in further fostering the collaboration that served Australia well during summer bushfire crisis. The intent of the workshop is to capitalise on and sharing the lessons and new knowledge acquired from the Black Summer fires.

Workshop outcomes

The recent focus on Australian bushfires creates significant potential to highlight Australian expertise and to generate further collaborations and partnerships in research, knowledge and practices across the globe.

The workshop will connect researchers from both countries. Expected outcomes include future possible collaborations in specific areas of research. Drawing on the workshop discussion these areas will be identified during the workshop and particularly in the final session. These may include:

  • Stronger linkages between existing partners

  • New linkages and potential areas of joint research

  • The identification of specific collaborative projects

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