Collaboration with Europe

Our long association with European organisations has grown to include major multi-national companies, universities, government research agencies and the European Commission’s science and research programs. This includes work in France, Germany, Italy, the UK, the Netherlands and Finland.

Europe is a key partner region for CSIRO, both in relation to basic scientific research and for commercialisation and applications of our industrial research.

CSIRO in France

CSIRO maintains a small laboratory for biosecurity research at the Agropolis International Campus at Baillarguet, Montferrier-sur-Lez, on the outskirts of Montpellier in France.

Collaboration partners in Europe

Collaboration with European partners covers nearly all areas of CSIRO’s research, but particularly:

  • food processing
  • solar energy technology
  • materials science and engineering
  • marine, agricultural and environmental sciences
  • radio astronomy
  • space science
  • information and communications technology
  • mining technology.

Key European partner organisations include:

  • Bayer CropScience (Germany)
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS – France)
  • Clextral (France)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR - Italy)
  • EU Joint Research Centre
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft (Germany)
  • Groupe Limagrain (France)
  • Helmholtz Association (Germany)
  • Imperial College London
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA – France)
  • Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (Germany)
  • TNO (Netherlands)
  • UK Met Office
  • Vilmorin & Cie (France)
  • VTT (Finland).

CSIRO also works with European partners in other parts of the world, including in the Pacific and Africa.

CSIRO hosts Masters and post-graduate students each year from a range of institutions across Europe.

Horizon 2020

CSIRO is part of many EU-funded Seventh Framework Programme projects, and is part of consortia bidding for Horizon 2020 projects. Projects include:

  • NextGen - Next generation methods to preserve farm animal biodiversity by optimizing present and future breeding options (2010-2014)
  • OPENIOT - Open Source blueprint for large scale self-organizing cloud environments for IoT applications (2011-2014)
  • SAPH PANI - Enhancement of natural water systems and treatment methods for safe and sustainable water supply in India (2011-2014).
  • ADAPTAWHEAT - Genetics and physiology of wheat development to flowering: tools to breed for improved adaptation and yield potential (2012-2015)
  • EPPN - European Plant Phenotyping Network (2012-2015)
  • NUTRITECH - Application of new technologies and methods in nutrition research the example of phenotypic flexibility (2012-2015)
  • RADIONET3 - Advanced Radio Astronomy in Europe (2012-2015)
  • TOPS - Technology Options for Coupled Underground Coal Gasification and CO2 Capture and Storage (2013-2016)
  • MyNewGut - Microbiome Influence on Energy balance and Brain Development-Function Put into Action to Tackle Diet-related Diseases and Behaviour (2013-2018)
  • MareFrame - Co-creating Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management Solutions (2014-2017)
  • HiPerCap - High-Performance Capture (2014-2017).
  • STAGE-STE - Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy (2014-2018)
  • AU2EU - Authentication and Authorisation for Entrusted Unions (2014-2018).


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