Established in 2012, the Global Research Council (GRC) is a virtual organisation, comprised of heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world. The Council was established with an aim to improve communication and cooperation among funding agencies and reduce differences in scientific collaboration across borders. It provides opportunities for heads of science agencies to meet on an annual basis at GRC Global Summits to establish Principles and Actions on topics of international interest to funding agencies.

GRC Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in Canberra on 3–4 December 2015

The Australian Research Council (ARC) and Papua New Guinea Research, Science & Technology Secretariat (PNG RST) co-hosted the GRC Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting in Canberra on 3-4 December 2015. The meeting was attended by The Hon Malakai Tabar (Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, PNG) and representatives of research funding agencies from Australia, China, Germany, India, Iran, Japan, , Malaysia, New Zealand, PNG, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States, and included the GRC Executive Secretary and members of the GRC International Steering Committee.

Participants discussed the two 2016 GRC topics—Interdisciplinarity and Equality and Status of Women in Research—and two supplementary regional topics—Research Integrity and Research Capacity Building and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.

The meeting included keynote presentations by Professor Gabriele Bammer, Australian National University on Interdisciplinarity and Professor Sharon Bell, Charles Darwin University on Equality and Status of Women in Research. Copies of both presentations can be accessed below:

  • Professor Gabriele Bammer–Funding Interdisciplinary Research: What does research about interdisciplinary tell us? – PDF Format (5MB) – PowerPoint Format (1MB)
  • Professor Sharon Bell—Equality and the Status of Women in Research – PDF Format (8MB)

A report on the meeting discussions has been provided to the 2016 GRC Annual Meeting hosts, the Science and Engineering Research Board of India and co-hosts, Research Councils UK. The meeting was one of a series of GRC Regional Meetings held in late 2015-early 2016, the outcomes of which will inform discussion at the Annual Meeting in New Delhi in May 2016. A report on the Annual Meeting is expected to be published following the event.

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