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Australian Synchrotron Pact With Taiwan

The Minister for Innovation, John Brumby, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote scientific collaboration between the Australian Synchrotron and the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre (NSRRC) in Taiwan. “Collaboration is increasingly crucial to advances in research, and building international partnerships will be a key part of the Australian Synchrotron’s agenda,” Mr Brumby said. “This agreement with NSRRC will enable both facilities to advance synchrotron techniques and form international teams to explore scientific issues of global significance.” Visiting the Australian Synchrotron today, Minister Chien-Jen Chen, Chairman of the National Science Council of Taiwan, said he was keen to build on existing relationships between Taiwanese and Australian scientists. “This bond between Taiwan and Australia will benefit both nations, and advance development of synchrotron techniques and technology,” Minister Chen said. “We want to strengthen the relationship built through the Australian Synchrotron Research Program, and contribute to a strong synchrotron network in the Asian region.” Mr Brumby said co-operation and collaboration were increasingly important to achieving scientific breakthroughs. “As science becomes more complex and more costly, enhancing Australia’s global science links is essential,” Mr Brumby said. “Australian Synchrotron scientists are already working with international colleagues to make major breakthroughs such as last year’s discovery of the structure of the human insulin receptor, a key to future treatments for diabetes.” NSRRC Director Dr Keng Liang said the current Taiwan synchrotron was a lower energy machine than the Australian Synchrotron, so the MOU would facilitate reciprocal use of beamlines. “An Australian soft x-ray experimental station is currently installed at NSRRC and will be relocated to the Australian Synchrotron,” Dr Liang said. “The new 3 GeV synchrotron being planned by Taiwan will also offer opportunities for collaboration with Australia.”