For National Science Week, CSIRO shares how a career in science can build Australia’s connections with the world. DFAT recognises that our scientists are ambassadors for Australia’s innovation expertise, boosting our influence in the world and helping tackle some of the region’s most pressing challenges, such as food security, pandemics and climate change.

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is best known as the home of Australia’s only nuclear research reactor, OPAL. What is less known is that ANSTO uses its expertise in nuclear science and technology to directly support Australia’s foreign policy objectives.

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia is strong and continues to grow. A key focus for DFAT this year will be concluding a deal to increase trade and investment opportunities between our two countries. We are also fostering research collaboration to find solutions to shared problems.

The 2017-18 Antarctic season will be the 70th anniversary of the Australian Antarctic Program. The international interest in Antarctica has grown significantly since it began and will continue to do so. It is timely that the Department of the Environment and Energy’s Australian Antarctic Division is participating in the development of the Foreign Policy White Paper, which will reflect Australia’s role as a leader in Antarctica.

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About 1,500 delegates gathered at the World Trade Organization in Geneva for the Sixth Global Aid for Trade Review. This event looks at progress that the world is making to improve the lives of poor people by helping them to trade.

Over the past decade, science, technology and innovation have become increasingly important to Australia’s foreign policy, and the foreign policies of our major trading partners.