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 Horizon 2020 projects, including:

  • AENEAS – Advanced European Network of E-infrastructure Astronomy with the SKA (2017-2019)
  • bIoTope – Building an IoT Open innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects (2016-2018)
  • CIRCASA – Coordination of International Research Cooperation on soil Carbon Sequestration in Agriculture (2017-2020)
  • EPPN2020 - European Plant Phenotyping Network 2020 (2017-2021)
  • EVAg - European Virus Archive goes global (2015-2019)
  • DEFEND – Addressing the dual emerging threats of African Swine Fever and Lumpy Skin Disease in Europe (2018-2023)
  • GLOBIS-B – GLOBal Infrastructures for Supporting Biodiversity research (2015-2018). CSIRO, through the Atlas of Living Australia, is not a consortium member, but is a project liaison.
  • HOMED – HOlistic Management of Emerging forest pests and Diseases (2018-2022)
  • MESOPP – Mesopelagic Southern Ocean Prey and Predators (2016-2019)
  • MinFuture – Global material flows and demand-supply forecasting for mineral strategies (2016-2018)
  • MyNewGut - Microbiome Influence on Energy balance and Brain Development-Function Put into Action to Tackle Diet-related Diseases and Behaviour (2013-2018)
  • ODIP 2 – Extending the Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (2015-2018) – CSIRO is not a consortium member, but is a project partner.
  • STAGE-STE - Scientific and Technological Alliance for Guaranteeing the European Excellence in Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy (2014-2018)
  • TEAM-Coast – Toward a new generation of Ecological Assessment tools for the Management Coastal environment (2018-2021)
  • VetBioNet - Veterinary Biocontained facility Network for excellence in animal infectiology research and experimentation (2017-2022)

In addition, CSIRO is a member of science panels or international advisory panel for the following projects:

  • WHEALBI - Wheat and barley Legacy for Breeding Improvement (2014-2018)
  • ESMERALDA - Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking (2015-2018)
  • SUCCESS - Strategic Use of Competitiveness towards Consolidating the Economic Sustainability of the European Seafood sector (2015-2018)
  • CERES  - Climate change and European aquatic RESources (2016-2020)

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