Taking Australian science, innovation and research to the world

8 November 2017

By Dr Heather Smith PSM, Secretary of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

Australia is home to some of the world’s best researchers, research institutions and research infrastructure, as well as entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses.

Across a range of industry growth sectors (such as: advanced manufacturing; cyber security; food and agri-business; medical technology and pharmaceuticals; mining equipment, technology and services; and, oil, gas and energy resources), our researchers and businesses are working to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

It is well established that by improving levels of international collaboration — especially through researcher-to-business linkages — countries can improve their competitiveness, create more novel innovations, grow productivity, strengthen the impact of their research and help solve global challenges.

For example, Australia is working with organisations internationally to support the adoption of Open Data Cube (ODC) technology. Developed as part of the Government’s Digital Earth Australia Program, the objective of the ODC is to increase the impact of satellite data globally by providing an open and freely accessible exploitation tool for monitoring and detecting changes in the environment.

Read the full article on the DFAT blog.

This article is part of a Foreign Policy White Paper themed blog series hosted by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Last Updated: 9 November 2017