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<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><b><font size="5" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:16.0pt;
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<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">ACADEMY</st1:PlaceType></span></font></b></st1:place><b><font size="5" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:Arial;
font-weight:bold"> OF SCIENCE<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>
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<b><font size="5" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">MEDIA RELEASE<o:p></o:p></span></font></b></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">AAS 5/11<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:12.0pt;line-height:normal"><font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial">23 February 2011<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
<p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:18.0pt;line-height:normal"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><b><font size="5" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:16.0pt;
 font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold">Australia</span></font></b></st1:country-region><b><font size="5" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:16.0pt;font-family:Arial;
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 and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Mongolia</st1:country-region></st1:place> agree to foster scientific exchange
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">In a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Julia Gillard, a formal agreement was signed today for greater understanding and sharing of ideas between scientists in
<st1:country-region w:st="on">Australia</st1:country-region> and <st1:place w:st="on">
<st1:country-region w:st="on">Mongolia</st1:country-region></st1:place>. <o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">The President of the
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<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType> of Science</st1:PlaceName></st1:PersonName>, Suzanne Cory and the President of the
<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mongolian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType> of Sciences, Batbold Enkhtuvshin, met at Parliament House in
<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Canberra</st1:City></st1:place> to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between the two Academies.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
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<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mongolian</st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academies</st1:PlaceType></st1:PlaceName></st1:place> first established a relationship through their work on the InterAcademy Panel, the global network through which senior scientists share knowledge to
<font color="#231f20"><span style="color:#231F20">increase scientific understanding of critical global issues.<o:p></o:p></span></font></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">‘The MoU formalises scientific linkages between our countries and in doing so will help Australian and Mongolian scientists connect with one another,’ Professor Cory
 said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">‘It allows us to strengthen ties with Mongolian scientists by exchanging ideas and reviewing collaborative opportunities in scientific fields of common interests, such
 as geology, water resources and agriculture.’<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
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<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Mongolian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType> of Sciences joins 18 other international science organisations which have formal relationships with the
<st1:PersonName w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><st1:PersonName w:st="on">Australian</st1:PersonName></st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> of Science</st1:PlaceName></st1:PersonName>.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">‘Increasingly, scientific progress and break-throughs are brought about by collaborative international research,’ Professor Cory said.<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<font size="2" face="Arial"><span lang="EN-AU" style="font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial">‘Agreements such as these also help the
<st1:PersonName w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Australian</st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Academy</st1:PlaceType></st1:PlaceName></st1:place> of Science</st1:PersonName> to provide broad based advice to the Federal Government.’<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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<st1:PersonName w:st="on">Mona Akbari</st1:PersonName>, <st1:PersonName w:st="on">
<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Australian</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">
Academy</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> of Science</st1:PersonName>, 0447 679 612<o:p></o:p></span></font></p>
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