The Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) is a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (science and research knowledge exchange).
This program builds on the earlier Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program which ran from 2006 to 2011 and the Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Program which ran from 2012 – 2013.
YSEP aims to provide a catalyst to bring together future science leaders from Australia and China to foster long term relationships to:
- Increase early and mid-career Australian and Chinese researchers understanding of the cultures, particularly the science and research practices and systems, of the two countries;
- Develop the researchers’ leadership skills as future “science ambassadors” for Australia and China; and
- Provide a catalyst for future Australia-China research collaboration.
YSEP also provides participants with exposure to higher order issues outside their scientific/technical specialty, including science and technology policy and best practice research management.
YSE participants are encouraged to establish professional relationships of mutual benefit to future scientific collaboration between the two countries. Exchange activities include a plenary orientation session with presentations by key policy and funding agencies.
The program in each country has three key components:
- Strategic placements to leading research institutes/universities
- Debrief session at the conclusion of the exchange
The 2015 Exchange Program took place in November, with thirteen Australian researchers visiting China for 2 weeks and sixteen Chinese Researchers visiting Australia for 2 weeks.
The 2016 exchanges will take place 25 July- 6 August (Chinese scientists to Australia) and 30 October-11 November (Australian scientists to China).
Updated September 2016.