Today I will launch the Australia-Indonesia Science Symposium in Canberra, with Indonesia's Minister for National Development and Planning, Bambang Brodjonegoro.

The Symposium facilitates scientific collaboration between Australia and Indonesia and promotes the value of science in national economic and social development in both countries.

At the four-day Symposium, over 100 leading Australia and Indonesian scientists will identify innovative ways to tackle global challenges, including mosquito-borne diseases, HIV/AIDS and the impact of climate on marine environments.

There will be opportunities for Australians to hear directly from these top scientists with public presentations on topics including health, agriculture and marine science taking place during the Symposium. A full program can be found at [http://www.ksi-indonesia.org/aiss/agenda].

The Symposium will be an opportunity for scientists from Australia's CSIRO and Pulse Lab in Jakarta  to identify how the use of new technologies and data can improve scientific research in the areas of health, marine science and agriculture. Scientists will continue to work closely together following the Symposium to develop these ideas.

The Symposium will also highlight funding opportunities available to young Australian and Indonesian scientists under the Australia Awards, New Colombo Plan and the Indonesian Endowment Fund for Education.

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