Melbourne CNRS Network Symposium


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What is the MCN Symposium?

The Symposium is an annual gathering of graduate researchers and supervisors engaged with the Melbourne CNRS Network. The event will provide a forum for both parties to exchange experiences and ideas in their individual research areas. The program includes round table discussions, workshops and networking activities. Guests are welcome.

Day 1 Schedule (6 December 2021)

All times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

  • 18:00 – 18:10 Symposium Introduction

    An introduction to the event will be presented by:

    • Professor Justin Zobel (Pro Vice-Chancellor Graduate & International Research, UoM)
    • Dr Alain Schuhl (CNRS Deputy CEO for Science)
  • 18:10 – 18:20 Introduction of the Melbourne CNRS Network and the broader UoM/CNRS relationship
    • Jean-Paul Toutain (Director CNRS Oceania office)
    • Frederic Hollande (MCN Academic Lead)
  • 18:20 – 19:00 Roundtable discussion: Interest and challenges of joint-International PhDs

    The roundtable discussion will focus on the joint PhD experience, the benefits, challenges and the impact on the research experience.

    • Prof Tim Fletcher [MCN Melbourne Supervisor]
    • Dr Gwyneth Ingram [MCN ENS Lyon Supervisor]
    • Prof Sammy Bedoui [Academic Lead – The Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate School]
    • Mr Alex Verhoijsen. [MCN Graduate Researcher]

    Moderator: Prof Sandra Kentish [Academic Lead – RWTH Aachen-Melbourne joint PhD program]

  • 19:00 – 19.10 Break

    A brief 10-minute intermission.

  • 19:10 – 20:00 Networking event

    This is an opportunity for ongoing MCN joint PhD candidates, Australian and French project supervisors and external guests to network and to socialise.

  • 20:00 – 21.00: Workshop - Scientific communication skills for students

    More than ever, it is vital today’s scientists share the outcomes and relevance of their work with non-scientists. This workshop will focus on the key ways scientists can get their message out to non-scientists: writing for the public in particular the style of writing that is most effective for communicating about science with non-scientific audiences.

  • Close
  • 21:00 – 22:00 Socialising event

Day 2 Schedule (7 December 2021)

All times are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

  • 18:00 – 18:05 Short introduction

    A short overview of the activities and outcomes on the previous day and an introduction to the program for day 2, presented by Frederic Hollande (MCN Academic Lead).

  • 18:05 – 18:50 Aus-Fra International programs success stories

    Examples of success stories of joint research collaboration between France and Australia hosted by:

    • Jean-Philippe Diguet/Anna-Ma Wyatt (CROSSING IRL lab, Adelaide)
    • Cyril Botté/Geoffrey McFadden-Malcolm McConville (Apicololipid Program)

    Chair: Jean-Paul Toutain (Director, CNRS Oceania office)

  • 18:50 – 19:00 Short break
  • 19.00 – 19:55 Scientific Presentations by MCN students


    • Alex Verhoijsen + Bingqing Yi: Modeling of multivariate data with complex dependence structures using copulas
    • Paulo Vitor Ribeiro Marques da Silva + Maria Gisi: New monitoring technologies serving a better understanding of land and river degradation in urban areas
    • Thi Nguyen + Nesrin Shamas: Atmospheric Chemistry of Silicon Compounds and their Role in Indoor Air Quality
    • Morgan Brisset + Nathalie Karam: Characterising the role of netrin-1 and its dependence receptors in drug tolerance and treatment-induced plasticity of metastatic human CRC
    • Runjue Yao + Amelie Bauer: Role of tissue mechanics in regulating seed growth
    • Remi Vuillemot + Abolfazal Mirzadeh: Études de la structure et de la dynamique de l'ATPase humaine p97 par cryo-tomographie électronique et par de nouvelles méthodes d'analyse d'images

    Chair: Kathryn Russell

  • 19:55 – 20:00 Break
  • 20:00 Scientific Presentations by MCN guests


    • Sebastien Dejean (University of Toulouse)/Kim-Anh Le Cao (School of Mathematics and Statistics)
    • Philippe Peylin (University of Versailles)/ Peter Rayner (School of Earth Sciences)
    • Karine Sellegri (University Blaise Pascal Clermont)/ Robyn Schofield (School of Physics)
    • Romain Postoyan (Universite de Lorraine)/ Dragan Nesic (Electrical and Electronic Engineering)
    • Sara Diglio (SUBATECH, Nantes) / Luigia Elisabetta BARBERIO (School of Physics)
  • Closing comments/ Awards

About the Melbourne CNRS Network

The Melbourne CNRS Network (MCN) is a partnership between the University of Melbourne and the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France. It consists of researchers and joint PhD candidates from the University of Melbourne, the CNRS, and several French university partners.

At the heart of MCN sits a collective of collaborative researchers who share knowledge and resources to deliver high-quality research outcomes.

The Network provides internal mentorship, inclusive peer support, as well as professional development and international networking opportunities for its members.

Visit the MCN homepage

First published on 3 November 2021.

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