RMIT strengthens research ties between Australia and Europe

RMIT strengthens research ties between Australia and Europe

RMIT's research expertise across information and communication technologies (ICT) was in the spotlight at the recent European Commission's ICT Proposer's Day in Hungary, Budapest.

The event saw a team of RMIT research and innovation specialists join more than 2,000 delegates from over 70 countries to discuss collaboration opportunities across ICT research projects.

The meeting aligned with the latest release of €30 billion in funding through Horizon 2020 (H2020), the world's largest research and innovation scheme. 

Representatives from RMIT Australia and RMIT Europe, the University's European hub in Barcelona, included Director, Research Engagement and Business Development Liz Jazwinska and Research and Innovation Associate Gareth Macnaughton. 

Macnaughton said the event presented the opportunity to highlight the strengths and capabilities that RMIT can deliver as a partner in joint research and state-of-the-art innovation across ICT in Europe. 

"RMIT is already working with Australia's ICT sector in its expansion to markets in North Asia where there's a strong demand for Australian ICT and creative services. 

"Our core strengths across these areas include urban futures transport, energy, governance and urban design. 

"The recent ICT Proposer's Day in Budapest enabled us to identify opportunities where we can extend these capabilities to projects in Europe," he said. 

At the event, the European Commission highlighted the interim evaluation of the H2020 funding scheme and emphasised the continued need for research impact and industry engagement.

Macnaughton, who spearheads RMIT Europe's Urban Futures agenda, said RMIT already has a solid track record as a partner in H2020 projects, including the recent awards of GoNano and URBAN GreenUP.

"But we're also focused on developing new partnerships to address the current open calls through H2020, particularly those across the emergence of financial technology and the digitisation of intangible cultural assets.  

"The event saw us extend our networks through meetings with industry such as Hewlett Packard Labs, GFT Technologies SE, VelocityRTD, Ernst & Young and innovative SMEs in the tech field.

"Connecting with RMIT through European projects not only brings our partners an international dimension beyond Europe but it can also serve as a gateway to collaborating across research projects globally, thanks to RMIT's campuses and broad network of partners in Asia," he said. 

 

Story: Karen Matthews

27 November 2017

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27 November 2017

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