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CSIRO Strengthens Scientific Relationship With China

CSIRO and CUMT will collaborate in seven specific areas of research: coal mine gas, fire, outburst and water control; longwall mining technologies; geomechanics and ground control; mining automation; mine real time monitoring instruments and systems; mine environmental management; and, coal mine methane capture and utilisation.
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Nov 06, 2008
CSIRO Exploration and Mining has signed an historic Relationship Agreement with the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT).

The signing follows years of close collaboration between the division and the University including, technical discussions and information exchange in coal mine science and technology in Beijing, Xuzhou and Brisbane.

"The agreement formalises an already successful relationship and promotes future exchanges and joint activities," says CSIRO Exploration and Mining Chief, Dr Mike McWilliams.

"CUMT is a leading multi-disciplinary polytechnic university in coal mining science and technology. Its Xuzhou and Beijing campuses have a track record of more than 50 years in delivering advanced coal mining science and technology to the Chinese coal mining industry. The University's unique research facilities and strong team of research staff and students are recognised in China and internationally."

University President, Professor Shirong Ge, says CSIRO Exploration and Mining and CUMT share common goals in improving mine safety and productivity, and minimising the environmental impact of mining.

"We recognise that major issues such as deep mining can be addressed more efficiently and effectively through combined effort," Professor Ge says.

Dr Williams says the resources boom in Australia has created an increased demand for research staff in CSIRO Exploration and Mining.

"This agreement will enable suitable CUMT candidates to help fill current and future positions for research scientists and post-doctoral fellows in Australia.

"The agreement will also allow some of CSIRO's projects in China to be supported by CUMT research personnel," he says

CSIRO and CUMT will collaborate in seven specific areas of research: coal mine gas, fire, outburst and water control; longwall mining technologies; geomechanics and ground control; mining automation; mine real time monitoring instruments and systems; mine environmental management; and, coal mine methane capture and utilisation.

The agreement helps strengthen CSIRO's already strong scientific ties with its many international collaborators.

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