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Industry Growth Centres taking shape 

Your chance for input.
Two of the five Industry Growth Centres are currently in active consultation mode, wanting to here from stakeholders. If you have an interest in either the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre or in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Growth Centre, you should check out the consultation sessions currently underway. These can be accessed via the government Business website here. The chairs of each of these Growth Centres are travelling extensively over the next few days to hear from affected companies and other stakeholders.
The other Growth Centres are likely to undertake similar consultations over the next few weeks or months, so check back on the government website regularly. Each of the Growth Centres will develop their own Business Plan, but the questions under consideration at the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre consultations provide a flavour of how the Growth Centres are shaping up:
  1. How to encourage collaboration and commercialisation of new products?
  2. How to enhance management and workforce skills?
  3. How best to identify opportunities to reduce regulatory burden?
  4. How to improve capabilities to enable engagement with international markets and global supply chains?
Many participants in CRCs will have cross-over interests in the Growth Centres. For example, regulatory issues are a major issue for many participants in food and agribusiness CRCs, so please bring this opportunity to the notice of your participants.
Those attending the Australia 2040 Forum will also hear from the Chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Mr Andrew Stevens, in our session on "Making it in Australia".
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. 

 Speakers Include:

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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Last newsletter the CRC Association announced our partnership with MindHive, a new collaborative online policy platform out of the Eidos Institute - an independent public policy think-tank located in Brisbane.

The CRC Association is now asking that you get involved. We are seeking your input and expertise on a series of key policy issues.

The Industrial Research Institute commissioned a foresight project (IRI2038) to research how developments in technology, business processes, regulations and other spheres will impact the art and science of research and technology management over the next 25 years. This project’s objective was to develop a provocative yet plausible view of the next 25 years’ events, developments and other change forces impacting research and technology management, and explore how best to respond to these alternate futures. Out of this project came four scenarios.

The CRC Association is asking for your input on these scenarios as well as three other scenarios: the future of manufacturing in Australia, future of medical research and potential in the north.

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The Australian Learning Lecture

The Australian Learning Lecture (ALL) is a biennial lecture series bringing big ideas in education to national attention. The free lecture series will be conducted over 10 years and will work to strengthen the value of learning for all Australians.

 Already, there are many great programs taking place within our schools, cultural institutions, sporting codes, businesses, and community and family groups. Existing discussions about learning however are largely factional, financial and transactional. They fail to ignite the interest and commitment of the wider community. ALL aims to change this paradigm and provide a national vehicle to gather, communicate and discuss learning ideas.

The inaugural lecture delivered by Sir Michael Barber will explore the role of Joy and data – two ideas that seem contradictory. Yet both are central to learning. The emphasis on academic success has meant that too often we forget the joy of learning. But can success be driven by joy as well as by effort?

Data in Australian education is often feared because it is thought of in a limited way and can be used to judge schools, teachers and individuals. The lecture will challenge this fear, and highlight the diverse ways data can bring joy to learning.

Key details:

Topic: Joy and Data, delivered by renowned British educationalist Sir Michael Barber

When: Thursday, 21 May 2015

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf

Time: 6pm-7:30pm

Cost: FREE

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