US-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue, Virtual convention
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United States, Aug 12 (Canadian-Media): A virtual convention was held Aug 12 between the United States of America (US) and Australia for the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue to further strengthen cooperation between the world-class scientific communities.
The American delegation led by White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Kelvin Droegemeier and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios also included leaders from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy, and the National Institutes of Health.
The Australian delegation, led by Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, and included leaders from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Department of Education, Skills and Employment; Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization; National Measurement Institute; and Geoscience Australia.
The convening of the Dialogue was held under the authority of the Agreement Relating to Scientific and Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United States and the Government of Australia, signed in November 2016.
The inclusion of a Frontier Technologies Dialogue follows the September 2019 Leaders’ meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, during which both leaders underscored the importance of science and technology cooperation including advancing frontier technologies.
Both US and Australia have a long and productive history of partnership in areas of science and technology which was first formally acknowledged in a cooperation agreement signed in 1968.
The Dialogue undertook a meaningful exchange of views related to artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), and oceans exploration and mapping, approaches to ensure the integrity of the international research enterprise benefiting citizens including freedom of inquiry, merit-based competition, accountability, integrity, openness, transparency, reciprocity, protection of intellectual property, safe and inclusive research environments, rigor and integrity in research, research security, and reducing administrative workload.
To accelerate discovery in QIS, the US and Australia are identifying opportunities to share resources and expertise, including between industry and government stakeholders, for strengthened bilateral cooperation, exploring ways to leverage existing programs and opportunities to deepen cooperation, realize the transformative potential of QIS, and advance its positive impact on the national security and economic prosperity of both countries.
In their fight against COVID-19 together, Australia has joined the COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, with rapid access to the world’s most powerful high performance computing resources to advance the pace of scientific discovery in the fight to stop the virus.
Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure and Pawsey Super Computing Centre will partner with the consortium in advancing science and discovery and sharing knowledge.
With current and planned ocean initiatives and are identifying opportunities for future collaboration, both US and Australia are committed to advancing ocean mapping and exploration to support growth of the sustainable blue economy and stimulate economic recovery, joint development and testing of innovative tools and systems (e.g., autonomous and robotic technologies, AI and machine learning, cloud computing) to better map, explore, and understand the regional ocean environment.
These two countries also recognize the importance of continued science-based coordination in the Pacific Ocean, including to underpin the administration and sustainable management of the marine environment with Pacific Island countries.
Upon its conclusion, they found that the Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue was highly productive and strengthens the already great partnership between the two nations..