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Global Collaboration Is Essential:

Many of the problems that confront us in Australia also affect other countries. Issues related to climate change are not uniquely Australian challenges; nor is water and energy supply; food or security both for citizens and nations, to name just a few. Enduring links with the rest of the world are important to find workable solutions. Any country with aspirations for the future seeks to collaborate with others in these endeavours. As the Chief Scientist put it: Global collaboration is essential, not an optional add-on.

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Leading Innovators confirmed to speak at "Innovating with Asia 2014 Conference"

The Hon. Bob Baldwin
 The CRC Association is excited  to announce the Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, will be our distinguished guest at the CRC Association Conference: Innovating with Asia.
Mr Baldwin will deliver the keynote address at the Association’s Awards for Excellence in Innovation Dinner, and will personally congratulate and present the winners with their trophies. 
Mr Baldwin is a long term supporter and is very engaged with CRCs. He  recently visited  Deep Exploration Technologies CRC, Seafood CRC and attended the launch of the Autism CRC. Mr Baldwin also  delivered an address at the joint "CRC for Advanced Composite Structures and Composites Australia" Conference. Click here to read the address.

Mr Madani Sahari
Mr M. Madani Bin Sahari is CEO of the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) which is a focal point and coordination centre under the custodian of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) for the development of the Malaysian automotive industry.

This includes the areas of national automotive policy formulation, development of the local automotive roadmap and its expansion programs, managing the manpower development program, as well as formulating and coordinating automotive related research.

Madani will be a panelist on  the session: Can Australia Keep Manufacturing in the Asian Century?.

Dr Andrew Powell
Dr Andrew Powell is the CEO of Asia Biobusiness which develops human resource capability through its training courses on commercialization of intellectual property in both biomedical and agricultural biotechnology.

Dr Powell will be a panelist on the session: Cultural Challenges for Innovation.

Innovating with Asia Session Highlight: 

Mallee trees for sustainable aviation fuel
Integrating mallee trees into dryland farms have been shown to improve productivity and environmental outcomes. The technologies that have been developed to achieve this include improved tree genetics, integrating plantings to maximise biomass production while minimising adverse effects on adjacent crops or pastures and developing a prototype mallee harvester.

Biomass for biofuels has emerged as the most likely long-term option for profitably incorporating mallees on farms. The aviation industry has a target that growth beyond 2020 will be carbon neutral and these requirements will come from sustainable and renewable sources.

As a first step in assessing the sustainability of biofuel from mallees, Airbus commissioned the Future Farm Industries CRC to assess the environmental, social and economic sustainability of growing mallee biomass in south-western Australia and converting that biomass to jet fuel.

The linkages between this project and the global initiatives by Airbus to develop sustainable aviation fuel will be presented at the CRCA conference.

DMTC Receives Three Year Funding Extension

The Government has recently agreed to secure funding for Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) for another three years. The announcement came in a speech at DMTC’s Annual Conference -- Canberra -- by Assistant Minister for Defence, The Hon Stuart Robert.  

Mr Robert said
“Technology that was researched and developed through DMTC has been commercialised through the Defence Materiel Organisation’s Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program. Simply put, this means the men and women of the Australian Defence Force, whether on operations or humanitarian missions, will continue to benefit from the technological advancements available to improve their safety and security on the job.”
Dr Mark Hodge, CEO of DMTC, had the following to say.

“DMTC will now be able to continue its work in developing the critical knowledge and expertise which underpins the Australian Defence Force capability.”

The CRC Association would like to congratulate DMTC for this tremendous achievement.

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Click here to view Winners of DMTC's 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Final Legacy event for the CRC for Rail Innovation wraps up in Brisbane

Over 150 delegates from research and industry descended on the State Library of Queensland for a two day conference  to share, interact and network. Interchange 2014 was the final legacy event of the CRC for Rail Innovation and was held  8 – 9 April 2014.

The CRC would like to thank all who attended as well as its participants for their hard work and dedication to the task of collaborative rail research over the past seven years. We are truly appreciative of their efforts and would not have achieved such success without their participation

Keynote messages from Chairman Bob Scheuber, CEO David George and ACRI Chairman John Anderson kicked off two days of conference; followed by highly successful presentations and panels across the topics of Workforce Development, Safety and Security, Smart Technology, Urban Rail Access, Climate Change and the Environment and Performance.

The conference was topped off with the Interchange Gala Dinner on Tuesday 8 April at Rydges South Bank.

Presentations from Interchange 2014 are now available via - as well as videos and photos from the conference and gala dinner.

We hope that all of the delegates enjoyed sharing, collaborating and networking over the past two days and the legacy of the CRC for Rail Innovation stays strong and is carried in to the future.

Future Farms Live!

Future Farms Industries CRC held their final event, Future Farms live, recently in Canberra on 8 April at the National Gallery of Australia. The event which marked the culmination of 13 years’ of research by Future Farms Industries CRC, and its predecessor the CRC for Salinity, presented the impact of perennial-plant-based farming systems on the dryland agriculture regions of Australia 2007-2014 and beyond.

The interactive event included a range of sessions incorporating videos and panel discussions featuring farmers, researchers and extension teams, as well as questions from the audience and Twitter. The whole event was also broadcast live on YouTube (Click here).

The event came to a close with a dinner at the National Arboretum Canberra.

“The CRC set out with the objective of dual benefits for farmers: to improve productivity and profitability through the use of perennial plants, plus increase natural resource management outcomes. As we reach the end of our CRC in June this year, we’ve achieved those goals across a range of research programs,” said Mr Zurzolo, CEO Future Farm Industries CRC.

The CRC which will wind up on the 30 June 2014  is estimated to inject 1.6 Billion into Australian agriculture by 2030.  

The Association would like to congratulate PhD student Thang Viet Lai who was presented with the inaugural Tim Healey Memorial Scholarship and Dr Clinton Revell, awarded the final Chairman’s award.
Dr Clinton Revell from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (right) receives the Chairman’s Award from Future Farm Industries CRC Chairman Andrew Inglis AM on 8 April 2014.
CRC CEO Peter Zurzolo closes the final panel with  commercialisation partners and former CEO
Kevin Goss at Future Farm Live in Canberra on Tuesday.
Ms Christine Hill, partner of the late Tim Healey, awards the inaugural Tim Healey Memorial Scholarship established by Future Farm Industries CRC to Thang Lai, who will use the funds to support his PhD research into reducing the impacts of nitrous oxide.

Adelaide Winemakers

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The Adelaide Winemakers story features people with notable accomplishments, experience and knowledge. Nick Haselgrove, Warren Randall and David Watkins share almost eighty years of winemaking experience but above all else they are mates; sharing common goals and common views on what constitutes great wine.

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3-4 June 2014
Funding Agriculture's Future
Australian agriculture is at an exciting point in its history, with the potential for a period of rapid expansion confronting the sector, driven by the emergence of growing numbers of middle-class Asian food consumers with a taste for safe, high quality food.

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5 June 2014
2014 Graeme Clark Oration: The Next Technology Wave: Biologically Inspired Engineering
Imagine a future where new cancer treatments become available in a few short years not decades, where animal testing is no longer necessary because organs and a whole body are now tested on microchips, and where targeted tumor cells are individually destroyed without the need for surgery.

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9 July 2014
Concept to Impact - Sheep CRC Final Conference
Sheep producers and industry participants should pencil 9 July 2014 into their diaries, when the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) will take them on an R&D journey from ‘Concept to Impact'.

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