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Registrations are now open for the 2015 CRC Association Conference, The Australia 2040 Forum.

This year is the 25th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program. To celebrate this milestone, we are holding our annual conference in Canberra from 25-27 May 2015.

The Australia 2040 Forum will be held on 26 May in Australian Parliament House. We will look back 25 years over the achievements of Cooperative Research Centres and 25 years into the future, examining the challenges and opportunities for Australia in the next quarter century. A showcase of CRC achievements and the Excellence in Innovation Awards will be held in the Great Hall that evening. A series of important workshops will be held on the 27th.

We are excited to announce the second round of speakers:

Professor Warwick McKibbin:
Professor  McKibbin,  ANU, will present in the opening session of the Australia 2040 Forum, The next 25 years: why uncertainty should be at the core of policy design

Dr Stefan Hajkowicz
Dr Hajkowicz, Leader of CSIRO Futures, will provide insight into how future trends will affect innovation in Australia.

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP:
The Minister for Communications will discuss the future of Communications in Australia as part of a three person panel.

If you are interested in supporting the conference contact for sponsorship opportunities.

Mark 25-27 May in your diaries now!

Thank you to our sponsors !  

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Flying start for CRCs in 2015

The CRC for Deep Exploration Technologies yesterday announced a major commercialisation outcome, AutoSonde, with industry partner Boart Longyear, leading global supplier of drilling services, equipment and performance tooling.   

The AutoSonde technology enables the collection or geophysical data while a hole is being drilled instead of the current method of having a specialist crew carry out the process once the drill rig has left, which adds significant time, cost and risk to the process.

AusScan, a NIRS (near infrared reflectance spectroscopy) technology developed by the Pork CRC for  rapidly determining the effective energy value for grains (wheat, barley, triticale and sorghum –working on corn) plus many other nutrients including amino acid levels, is now being globalised through a recent partnership with Aunir.

This technology will allow growers to maximise the efficiency with which grains are utilised and provides for more consistent animal performance.

Catapult Group International Ltd (Catapult Sports) commercialised research from the CRC for MicroTechnology and is now used by over 350 sports teams around the world to track and monitor their athletes. The Asia Cup winning Socceroos use the technology. In December the company had a successful Initial Public Offering with a market capitalisation of $66 million.

Late last year the Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC inked a key intellectual property deal with industry partner Terumo BCT. Through the deal Terumo has supplied a new bioreactor which will allow growing cells on a larger scale and test processes working on cell growth.

If this is any indication how the rest of the year will play out, CRCs are in for another fantastic year.

Australia Day Honours

The CRC Association would like to congratulate Dr Alexander Gosling AM, a long-time supporter and mentor of CRCs and a Non-executive Director of the Cell Therapy Manufacturing CRC, for being appointed a Member of Order of Australia. Dr Gosling AM was recognised for significant service to business, through innovative support for research and development, and to the community.

We would also like to congratulate Professor Sylvia Rodger AM for being appointed a Member of Order of Australia. Professor Rodger AM was recognised for her service to medical education in the field of occupational therapy, and to community health as a clinician working with Autism Spectrum Disorder in children.

Professor Rodger is the Director of Research and Education at the Autism CRC. 

Industry and science cooperation to advance carbon storage technology

The Minister for Industry announced $25 million in funding for the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) yesterday.

“The grant ensures that this critical research continues for five more years and we expect to see important technological improvements to CCS modelling, monitoring and verification as a result,” Mr Macfarlane said.

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Science meets Policymakers

Science & Technology Australia, in partnership Asia and the Pacific Policy Society at Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, invites registrations for a one-day conference to enable policymakers and scientists to achieve better public policy outcomes.
Science meets Policymakers will bring together researchers from a range of disciplines and policymakers from various government departments to examine the intersection between the evidence base and policy development.
Note: Registration for Science meets Policymakers (not to be confused with Science meets Parliament in late March 2015) is open to all and there are no restrictions on the number of registrations from individual organisations.
Participants in the event will include policymakers, parliamentarians, academics, practising scientists, and representatives from scientific societies and industries employing scientists.
Confirmed speakers and session chairs include:
  • Dr Michael Keating AC, FASSA, FIPAA 
  • Professor Brian Schmidt AC 
  • Professor Veronica Taylor 
  • Professor Ian Chubb AC 
  • Professor Gabriele Bammer 
  • Professor Hugh White AO 
  • Professor Tom Kompas 
  • Professor Emily Banks 
  • Professor Bruce Chapman 
Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 9am–5pm
The Molonglo Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy
The Australian National University
Acton, Canberra 

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Time to Shine: Calling Early Career Researchers

From growing 'greener' grass; Understanding Interphase Formation in Thermoset Composite Welding; to Turning waste into black gold, these are only a taste of the terrific entries we received in the 2014 Showcasing Early Career Researchers Competition.

The CRC Association is pleased to announce applications are now open for the 2015 Early Career Researcher Showcase sponsored by CSIRO.

The five best entries will get:

  • A trip to Canberra with airfares, transfers, conference registration and all social events, including the CRC Association’s Gala Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner.
  • $1,000.
  • The opportunity to give a 5-minute presentation on your work at Australia 2040 for the chance to win $5,000.
Applications close Thursday 26 February 2015. Get your entries in! 

For more information click here and click here to see last year's entries.

Interested in medical technology entrepreneurship?

Interested in medical technology entrepreneurship? Want $60,000 (plus additional prizes) to get your business or product concept off the ground?

Applications for MedTech’s Got Talent are now open, with early bird deadline on 30 March (get feedback and revise your application to be more competitive!) and the final deadline on 8 April.

More than just the money, the program provides intensive mentorship, coaching and training to help participants be better packaged for investor readiness. Participation will get you face time with leading emerging technology development engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and major corporate business development managers.

If you've got an idea, apply online before the 8 April deadline. If you want to compete but need help with ideas or want to join a team, reach out to

Excellence in Innovation

Applications are now open for the CRC Association’s Excellence in Innovation Awards. The Awards recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users of research, including the community, companies and government agencies.

Last year we had applications ranging from Polycrystalline Diamond cutting tools (Advanced Manufacturing CRC) which offer superior cutting and wear performance; RamSelect Training Program (Sheep CRC) which helps to demystify the application of sheep genetics across the supply chain; through to Models of Vision Care (Vision CRC) that develops and evaluates models of vision care to be used throughout the world to alleviate avoidable vision impairment.

Applications close COB Friday 20th February 2015.

Click here to apply and for more information.

2014 Graeme Clark Oration

The 2015 Graeme Clark Oration will be delivered by Nobel Prize winner and one of the world’s most influential scientists, Sir Paul Nurse.  Sir Paul is the President of the Royal Society and Director of the Francis Crick Institute in London.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015 at the 5.15 pm for 6.00 pm, Melbourne Convention Centre, South Wharf, Melbourne.
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Leading local and international industrial research leaders will present their ideas, emerging technologies and strategies for the future

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Cars of Tomorrow Conference 2015
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National Workshop on Nuclear Energy for Australia
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