Registrations are filling up for the 2015 CRC Association Conference, The Australia 2040 Forum.
The CRC Association has room blocks at three hotels which will run out on the 24th of April. So book soon!
Industry and Science Minister, Ian Macfarlane, will give the opening address at the Australia 2040 Forum on 26 May in Parliament House. His Parliamentary Secretary, Karen Andrews, will host a Showcase of CRC outcomes in the Great Hall ahead of the Excellence in Innovation Awards that evening. Cabinet Ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Andrew Robb will both speak at the Forum and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, Christian Porter will participate in a workshop on reducing red tape in research the following day. Senator Kim Carr will speak to research leaders on Opposition innovation policy.
The recently appointed Chair of the Manufacturing Industry Growth Centre, Andrew Stevens, will speak during the Forum's "Making it in Australia" session. ANU's Warwick McKibbin and Leader of CSIRO Futures, Stefan Hajkowicz, will give thought provoking talks on Australia's future in the morning session of the Forum. Research Australia's Elizabeth Foley and Twitter's Julie Inman Grant are among the range of excellent speakers that will look 25 years into the future as well as celebrate 25 years of CRC achievements.
The line-up of workshops available on 27 May is extraordinary. Amongst others, you can choose from topics such as Models for IP Commercialisation; Successful science writing; Getting the media’s attention; and Addressing the gender imbalance in science careers, each presented in an interactive way by experts. Space at some workshops is filling fast, so be sure to register now to get your preferred choices. There is even a workshop on What I want to see at a CRC interview by the Chair of the CRC Committee, Neville Stevens AO, an opportunity not to be missed.
The opening event of the meeting will be one to remember. Kicking off at the Australian War Memorial at 4.00pm on Monday 25th May, you will see five Early Career Researchers present their work in the final of our Showcasing ECRs event. They've already given a 30-second account of their work to win through to the finals (and receive $1,000). You get to vote for the best five-minute presentation and the winner will receive a further $5,000 presented by the Prime Minister of Australia at our Awards dinner. Megan Clark AC will then deliver the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society before you are given a private tour of the new WWI exhibits. Networking dinners follow the Welcome Function where the Director of the War Memorial (and former Science Minister) Brendan Nelson will welcome you to ANZAC Hall.
If you haven't registered yet, you should do it now. This is a conference where you'll be inspired and provoked. It's also a conference where you'll get practical advice and tips and network with a large range of colleagues and elected representatives. The conference is for anyone with an interest in innovation, not just CRCs. All social events (tour of AWM; Welcome Function in ANZAC Hall; Networking Dinners; Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner in the Great Hall of Parliament House) are covered in the registration price, which is less than half that of other innovation conferences you could attend in 2015.
Professor Murray Scott
Chief Executive of the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures
Session: Making it in Australia
Ms Elizabeth Foley
Managing Director of Research Australia
Session: The future of medical research
Mr Peter Roberts
Founder of the Australian Manufacturing Forum
Session: Making it in Australia
The Hon. Karen Andrews, MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science
Host of the CRC Showcase
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