Australia and Germany: Large Distance, Close Collaborations

Australia and Germany: Large Distance, Close Collaborations

Author: Jonathan Faiz

The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, and Angewandte Chemie is marking this event with a special issue that highlights Australian and German chemistry.

In an Editorial, Christopher Barner-Kowollik, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, discusses the strong connection between the chemical communities in Germany and Australia despite the large distance between them. Collaborative funding does exist for bilateral cooperations, however Barner-Kowollik recommends that research ties between the two countries are strengthened through joint funding initiatives, linking academia and industry, and organizing joint symposia. Agreements between universities and chemical societies will further strengthen cooperation.

Given how advanced communication technology has become, the distance between the two countries no longer restricts collaboration between Australia and Germany, so that the potential to forge even stronger ties between the two communities is very promising indeed.

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