Australian Embassy

Science diplomacy

About science diplomacy

In support of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Embassy is building on existing ties of collaboration to make science, education, and innovation a stronger focus in our future bilateral relationship.

The Education and Science office at the Australian Embassy works with Japanese and Australian government agencies, peak bodies, education and research institutions, and industry to support this cooperation. 

Our major activities include:

  • strengthening high-quality collaboration between Australian and Japanese researchers and industry
  • raising awareness of the quality of Australian research, innovation, and technology
  • strengthening partnerships to increase student mobility numbers in both directions

For more information on Australia’s international collaboration:

The National Innovation and Science Agenda

The  National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) announced in 2015 is an important step on the path to a more innovative and entrepreneurial economy.

It describes a vision for the future of Australia, one where Australians embrace new ideas in innovation and science and harness new sources of growth to deliver high wage jobs and seize the next wave of economic prosperity. The Government will invest $1.1 billion to incentivise innovation and entrepreneurship, reward risk taking, and promote science, maths and computing in schools.

The NISA will focus on four key pillars: 

  • culture and capital
  • collaboration
  • skills and talent
  • Government as an exemplar

Read more on the National Innovation and Science Agenda website



Australia and Japan enjoy a wide range of links at the school, university, science agency and company levels.  The Australian Embassy Tokyo’s active science diplomacy strategy is designed to further strengthen high-quality collaboration with Japanese researchers and industry, and raise awareness of the quality of Australian research and innovation. 

Recent activities have included:

  • participation in the annual Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum in Kyoto
  • supporting the Japan-Australia Emerging Research Leaders’ Exchange Program (ERLEP) which builds collaborative networks between early-career researchers through bilateral exchange
  • a seminar and networking event in collaboration with the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) focusing on robotics in marine science
  • the production of bilingual fact sheets, highlighting stories of Australia-Japan collaboration

Partnering with Australia in Innovation, Science and Research

 A report titled "Partnering with Australia in Innovation, Science and Research" outlines the range of opportunities for international organisations and individuals to partner with Australia on cutting-edge innovation, science and research. It showcases Australia’s credentials and gives information on Australian Government initiatives supporting international innovation, science and research connections. 

To read the report, please click here.


Advancing Women in STEM strategy

The Australian Government’s strategy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) aims to increase gender equity in STEM education and careers. We envision a society that provides equal opportunity for people of all genders to learn, work and engage in STEM.

For more information on advancing women in STEM strategy, please visit the website.