A visit from His Excellency Stephen Brady, Australian Ambassador to France, took place in the Université de Rennes 1 on September 6th. The delegation also included Eleanor Asprey (Education Manager), Roslyn Stein (Policy Research Officer), and was received by Professor Gabriel Caloz, Vice-President in charge of Board, Finance and Patrimony; Professor Pierre van de Weghe, Vice-President in charge of international relations; Dr. Annie Soriot, Director of the International Affairs Department and representatives of research and academic staff, Professor Yvon Rocaboy (Faculty of Economics), Dr. Frédéric Paul (Molecular Chemistry to Molecular Photonics team at ISCR) and Dr. Olivier Mongin (Molecular Chemistry to Molecular Photonics team at ISCR).
Research cooperation with Australia and Université de Rennes 1 has been in existence since 2003. The purpose of the delegation was to present the current cooperation in teaching and research, discover the campus and to explore new areas and scientific fields for strengthening our partnership, such as cybersecurity. After more than 10 years of joint research work in chemistry and molecular photonics, the forthcoming creation of an International Associated Laboratory (LIA), under the umbrella of the CNRS, due to be launched in January 2017. This LIA focuses on “Multipolar and Redox-active Organometallic Nanosized Assemblies for Molecular Photonics and Electronics”, in partnership with the Australian National University (Canberra) and The University of Western Australia (Perth).
The next steps and objectives are to pursue and extend this successful cooperation with student mobility at an undergraduate level, in addition to research cooperation and mobility for researchers and staff.