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Issue 4: August 2023

Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Day - Thank You for Making It a Blast!

Dr Kim Wimbush, Director of Aus4Innovation
Dr Kim Wimbush, Director of Aus4Innovation program presenting the program’s achievements after 5 years.

The much-anticipated Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Day took place on June 30, welcoming roughly 200 participants.

Themed “Partnerships – Purpose – Possibilities”, the event was held to showcase all Aus4Innovation’s achievements to date and celebrate the extension of the program to 2028.

We are deeply grateful for the participation of project partners and alumni from across the program as well as guests from like-minded organisations. Because of you it was our biggest and most impressive event yet.

You can revisit highlights from the day.

Moving forward, A4I will put a stronger focus on Vietnam’s priority areas, such as resilient agriculture and food and introducing appropriate interventions for the digital era - for example responsible artificial intelligence.

Stay in touch and we hope to see you again at a future event!

Australian Ambassador on Vtv1 for Vietnam Science and Technology Day

May 18 was Vietnam Science & Technology Day, and Ambassador Andrew Goledzinowski joined Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat on VTV1 to talk about the Australia-Vietnam cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

Check out the interview

Aus4Innovation Alumni First Get Together

Aus4Innovation co-create session
Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Day alumni co-create session.

After attending the Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Day, A4I alumni (those who previously worked with or benefited from projects) met and celebrated their achievements with a lunch and a co-create session.

Connecting all actors and stakeholders in the innovation system has been central to A4I’s approach to strengthening Vietnam’s innovation agenda in science and technology – and this was a fun way to connect.

The co-create session was a great opportunity for the A4I team to gather feedback from alumni on how we can build an alumni network that is strong and beneficial for all participants.

Stay tuned to learn about ideas shared on the day and how A4I will execute feedback.

CSIRO Growth Executive’s Visit to Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Cities People Committee
Executive Director of Growth Jonathan Law and Aus4Innovation Director Dr Kim Wimbush with Ho Chi Minh Cities People Committee.

In a three-day packed visit to Vietnam, CSIRO’s Executive Director of Growth Jonathan Law was shown Vietnamese hospitality and the fruits of CSIRO’s local presence.

Together with the Australian Consul General, Jonathan met with Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee where he was received by Vice Chairman Duong Anh Duc. He also joined the Australian Ambassador to Vietnam to discuss future collaboration opportunities with Minister of Science and Technology Huynh Thanh Dat.

Jonathan also visited notable innovation and science sites including the Saigon High Tech Park, Vietnam National Space Centre and attended the Australia-Vietnam Innovation Partnership Day where he met with Aus4Innovation alumni.

Did you know?

Executive Director of Growth Jonathan Law and Aus4Innovation Director Dr Kim Wimbush at Vietnam National Space Centre
Executive Director of Growth Jonathan Law and Aus4Innovation Director Dr Kim Wimbush with Vice General Director of Vietnam National Space Centre Dr Vu Anh Tuan and his team.

CSIRO’s presence in Vietnam aligns with 4 out of 6 CSIRO’s national challenges.

Vietnam is also only one of three countries in the world where CSIRO has a counsellor!

New South Wales Governor Visits Hung Vuong Hospital

Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Margaret Beazley AC KC at Hung Vuong Hospital
Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Margaret Beazley AC KC touring key Departments of the Hung Vuong Hospital.

During a visit to Vietnam, the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Margaret Beazley AC KC and a delegation visited Hung Vuong Hospital - a leading medical centre specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology (OBGYN) in the south of Vietnam.

They were introduced to the VIETRAD system – a machine learning powered system that improves the accuracy of radiologic diagnosis of breast cancer, funded by Aus4Innovation.

The delegation was pleased to learn that doctors trained on VIETRAD at Hung Vuong Hospital achieved 80-90% rate of accuracy – an improvement of more than 30% in detecting abnormalities on mammograms.

VIETRAD has been developed through a partnership between the University of Sydney and the Health Strategy and Policy Institute.

Read more about the project.

Check Out Vietnam’s First Ever Ai Marketplace

Vietnam Artificial Intelligence Marketplace - VNConnect - is now up and running. This is a platform that aims to help researchers and experts in Vietnam make their products more commercially viable.

Through the collaboration among the Ministry of Science and Technology, CSIRO’s Data61, leading universities, research organisations, and technology providers, the platform is an online tool that is capable of using AI to self-collect and analyse data to help search and classify information about experts, organisations and businesses working in the AI space.

Read more.

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