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Excellence in Innovation Awards close COB Friday 20th February 2015.

Applications for the CRC Association’s Excellence in Innovation Awards close COB Friday 20th February 2015.

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.

Get your entries in.
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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 the 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 third round of speakers:

Mr Peter Roberts
Mr Roberts founded the Australian Manufacturing Forum on Linkedin, the country’s largest social media networking and discussion group focused on the manufacturing sector. He is a panellist in the "manufacturing" session.

Associate Professor Bob Cowan
Associate Professor Cowan is CEO of the HEARing Cooperative Research Centre, a Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University. He is a panellist in the "future of medical research" session.

The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP
Ms Andrews is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry & Science. Ms Andrews will be hosting the CRC Showcase held on the evening of the 26th.

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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Big step forward in Industry Growth Centres‏

Industry and Science Minister, Ian Macfarlane, has named the Chairs of three of the five proposed Industry Growth Centres and said he expects the Centres to be up and running by the middle of the year. Minister Macfarlane also named the members of the independent Advisory Committee for the government's $188.5 million Growth Centres initiative. The Chairs of the Growth Centres are:
  • Mr Andrew Stevens, chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre;
  • Ms Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, chair of the Mining Equipment, Technology and Sevices Growth Centre and
  • Mr Peter Schutz, chair of the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre.
The remaining two appointments (for the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals Growth Centre and the Oil, Gas and Energy Growth Centre) will be named shortly. The Advisory Committee for the Growth Centres Initiative is Mr John Grill AO (Chair), Ms Catherine Livingstone AO, Dr Andrew Liveris AO and Ms Carolyn Hewson AO. Mr Macfarlane's announcement can be found here.
Several weeks ago, Minister Macfarlane assured Australian research into carbon capture and storage (CCS) to 2020 with the announcement that the Australian Government would provide $25 million over five years to the CO2CRC Otway Project and related activities. Welcoming the funding announcement, CO2CRC’s new chief executive officer, Tania Constable, commended the Australian Government for supporting CCS as an essential component in a portfolio of low- and zero-carbon emissions technologies required to tackle climate change. 
The Australian Government funding, which will be provided to CO2CRC under the CCS Flagships Program, will be matched by cash and in-kind contributions from CO2CRC members. This includes $10 million from the Australian coal industry’s Coal21 Fund and a $5 million Victorian Government grant announced in September 2014. 
The Review of the Cooperative Research Centres Programme is believed to be partially drafted and likely to be presented to Minister Macfarlane in late February or early March.

New guide shields Aussies from toxic groundwater, land

A cleaner, healthier, safer and more prosperous Australia is the goal of a new national framework for remediating contaminated sites.
Developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE), state and federal governments, environmental authorities and clean-up industries, the new framework complements the National Environment Protection Measure (NEPM) that assesses site contamination, and will help identify the best ways to clean up the nation’s polluted land.

The new framework – expected to be completed in 2016 – will include guidelines on developing remediation plans, such as how to:
  • choose the best clean-up methods, the most cost-effective technology and treat different contaminants
  • protect clean-up workers
  • address the concerns of surrounding neighbours during clean-up
  • document the entire clean-up process for future reference and
  • validate and monitor the site after remediation.
It will encourage every state to meet minimum clean-up requirements, allowing all Australians access to clean groundwater and clean land, says Dr Bruce Kennedy, the Executive Policy Adviser at CRC CARE.

“Each state is responsible for its own regulation and remediation of contaminated sites, and these laws differ from state to state,” says Dr Kennedy. “Some states have more detailed laws than others, and this means we lack uniform Australian requirements for remediation.    

“If we want to clean up Australia more efficiently and effectively, we need a common approach to help fill in the gaps as well as share useful guidance with one another.”

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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.

Japan tests new satellite on robotic tractors in Riverina

The Japanese Government is funding trials to test the tractor on crops at Rice Research Australia near Jerilderie in south-west New South Wales.

Engineering firm Hitachi Zosen, machine manufacturer Yanmar, Hokkaido University and several other Australian universities are working together on the project.

Phil Collier, research director with Australia's Co-operative Research Centre for Spatial Information, hopes the technology can help farmers run their equipment with more accuracy.

"The satellites in the sky determine the position of the tractor in a global frame of reference," he said.

"The additional information that comes from the QZSS Satellites brings the precision down from several metres to two centimetres.

"The whole objective is to bring down the precision to a reliable level and a consistent level to allow that tractor to navigate its way down the rows of crops so things aren't getting run over."

If the trials prove successful, people in rural and remote Australia will have access to precise positioning, without having to rely on the mobile network.

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Kansas State University Delegation Dinner

The CRC Association last night hosted a dinner for a delegation from Kansas State University. The delegation included President Kirk Schulz; full time Australian Liaison Randall Tosh; and Head of the Department of Plant Pathology Professor John Leslie.

Kansas State University is a major participant in the Plant Biosecurity CRC and is also the first U.S. educational institutional partner of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, providing two Australian researchers the opportunity to undertake cutting-edge research at Kansas State University every year.

“The Australian CRC Programme is an effective way of doing long-term, large-scale, collaborative research that has tremendous impact,” said Kirk Schulz, President of Kansas State University.

Other American university participants/supporting participants in CRCs include:
  • Pennsylvania State University  – Invasive Animals CRC
  • University of Texas, Austin – Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio - Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem CRC
  • Carnegie Mellon University Australia – Data to Decisions CRC
  • University of Minnesota – Pork CRC
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Left side: Felicity Jones - Science Advisor to the Hon. Karen Andrews; Prof. Frances Shannon – DVCR, University of Canberra; Dr Tony Peacock – CEO, CRC Association; Dr Ben Greene – CEO, Space Environment Management CRC; Randall Tosh - Australian Liaison, K-State University.  

Right side: Mr Jordan Gardner - Communications and Marketing Manager, CRC Association; Kirk Schulz – President, K-State University; Prof. John Leslie - Head of the Department of Plant Pathology, K-State; Dr Michael Robinson – CEO, Plant Biosecurity CRC.

Taking the photo: Catriona Jackson - CEO, Science and Technology Australia.

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Now Open

Starting in 1990 and presented annually, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science communication & journalism and school science.

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24-25 February 2015, Melbourne,
Airg 50th Anniversary Meeting

Leading local and international industrial research leaders will present their ideas, emerging technologies and strategies for the future

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12 March 2015, Melbourne
Cars of Tomorrow Conference 2015
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10 March 2015, Adelaide
National Workshop on Nuclear Energy for Australia
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March 9-10, Brisbane
CRC Student and ECR Conference 2015 Wound Management Innovation CRC.
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25-27 May, Canberra
Australia 2040 Forum
his year is the 25th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program. To celebrate this milestone, we are holding our annual conference in Canberra

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13–17 September 2015, Melbourne
6th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference (CleanUp 2015)
The conference will provide an international forum to discuss all aspects of contaminated site assessment, management and remediation.
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