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

We are pleased to announce our first keynote speakers for the Innovating with Asia 2014 Conference.

The Hon. Bob Hawke AC
The Hon. Bob Hawke AC was the 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, the Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991 and the longest-serving Labor Prime Minister with eight years in office.

Amongst its many reforms, the Hawke Government changed the landscape for industry innovation, including establishing the Rural R&D Corporations, the CRC Program and appointing Australia’s first Chief Scientist: Professor Ralph Slatyer AC.

Mr Hawke will deliver the Slatyer Address on Science and Society.

Professor Thomas Allen
Howard W. Johnson Professor of Management and Emeritus Professor of Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
Tom developed the "Allen Curve" in the 1970s, which indicates that communications between people dramatically drops off at 50 metres. He has redone it recently and it actually hasn't changed that much, despite the internet.

The implications of his work are that we need to take very active steps if we expect people to collaborate on work - it will not just naturally happen. Putting people on the same campus is not enough - you have to create opportunities for them to see each other and bump into each other (coffee shops; seminars). If people see each other regularly, they will contact each other more often on work issues.

Peggy Liu
Chairperson for JUCCCE
Peggy Liu, Chairperson of JUCCCE, leads a coalition in accelerating the greening of China and in fostering international collaboration with China. JUCCCE creates systemic change in sustainable cities, sustainable consumerism and smart grid, and is most noted for its multi-sector convening power.

She is an executive advisor to Marks & Spencer and HP, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption, a WEF Young Global Leader.

Thomas Barlow
CEO of Thomas Barlow Advisory Services and author of Between the Eagle and the Dragon: Who is Winning the Innovation Race
Will the great innovations of the 21st century be Chinese or American? Between the Eagle and the Dragon is an insightful and highly readable book comparing the innovation performance in China and the US.

Its author, Thomas Barlow, is an independent thinker with bucket-loads of political insight. His analysis here is refreshingly objective, and raises hugely important questions for anyone involved in R&D in Australia. We strongly recommend it!

Dr Jason Fox
Dr Jason Fox is a motivation strategy & design expert who shows forward-thinking leaders how to craft the structures that influence behaviour and shape culture.

Online Registration now open - save up $100 and receive a free book!
The first 150 registrations will receive a copy of Between the Eagle and the Dragon: Who is Winning the Innovation Race, by keynote speaker Thomas Barlow.

Thank you to our sponsors:
  • AusIndustry
  • University of South Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Edith Cowan University
  • The University of Newcastle
  • University of Western Australia
  • InfoEd GLOBAL
  • Murdoch University
  • Westpac
Sponsorship opportunities still available! Find out more on our website.
Cooperative Research Centres call for end to industry discrimination
The Cooperative Research Centres Association has asked the Australian government to consider changing the method of distribution of Higher Education Block Grants to remove discrimination against industry funding.

"There is complete consensus that Australia needs to bring academics and industry closer together" says CRCA CEO Tony Peacock, "But the biggest tool in the government's innovation toolbox, the $1.3 billion Higher Education Block Grants, only give universities a low return when they engage with industry through CRCs".

Dr Peacock argues in the CRC Association pre-budget submission that improving incentives for industry-based research from the Block Grants would have an immediate impact on university campuses. "Academics that want to engage with industry are sometimes discouraged from doing so because the subsequent financial return to the university is too low. A change in the the incentive structure would not cost government any more money, but would have the positive impact of increasing academic-industry engagement. Australia relies on university-based researchers more than just about any country, so we can't afford to have any barriers in this area" said Dr. Peacock.

The Association's pre-budget submission, which also calls for a partial restoration of funds lost to the CRC Program, is available for download here.

Click here to read Tony's blog "what is UniSA Getting Right"

Selection Round 17 Now Open

Selection round 17 is now open and application material is up on the CRC Program website. Click here.

The application pack includes information, forms and templates for the 17th selection round that provides instructions and guidance to applicants on how to complete and lodge an application. All application material for the 17th selection round must be lodged by 5:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on Thursday 3 July 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Some notable changes in this selection round

  1. CRC Online functionality improved 
  2. Impact Tool includes an increased focus on risk and risk management
  3. Need to justify the CRC Program funding amount requested
  4. Requirement to explain how the application aligns with current government policy.

2014 CRC STAR Awards – Now Open

The 2014 CRC STAR Award is the Minister’s award for recognising CRCs for excellence in collaborating with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop and deliver innovation.  Applications are now open and will close on Friday 21 March 2014. 

The 2014 CRC STAR Award will be presented by the Minister for Industry, or a representative, at the CRC Association Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner, on 20 May 2014 during the Association's annual conference in Perth.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your CRC recognised for its work with SMEs!

Application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the CRC program website. Click here.

Managing a CRC bid – Six-part Seminar Series:
If you are attending the CRC Association Conference, Innovating with Asia, 20-21 of May, and the Australasian Research Management Society Conference, Think Impact and Influence, 17-19 September, you are eligible to sign up for our free six-part seminar series on “Managing a CRC Bid”.

Experienced presenters will provide insights into the processes associated with managing a bid.The seminar series is presented in a unique format of three live presentations and three web-delivered through the Smart Services CRCs iSee system. Time and opportunity for discussion with the presenters will be maximised and representatives of AusIndustry’s CRC Program will be available for discussion at each seminar.

Click here for details and to register.

Arcitecta and the CRC for Mental Health to improve the capture and management of data from clinical research

Arcitecta, the company behind Mediaflux – the most flexible and comprehensive metadata management platform for complex, distributed data management – is developing a product to improve the capture and management of data from clinical research worldwide.
Using the Cooperative Research Centre for Mental Health’s real data from volunteers, Arcitecta will develop a new software product that will:
  • enable clinicians to capture clinical data at the bedside, and in a form that is easily accessible to them and other non-expert IT users,
  • easily import and export new and existing data,
  • enable multiple research institutions to collaborate on multiple trials by allowing them to feed data into the repository for this new product, and,
  • be open, allowing users to develop additional functions, as and when they need it.
Click here to read more.

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CRCs to feature at APEC Startup Accelerator initiative
Organisers of the APEC Startup Accelerator initiative endorsed by the 20th APEC Economic Leader's Meeting have invited CRCA CEO Tony Peacock to address the meeting to be held in Chinese Taipei in March.
The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Australia has a strong interest in CRCs and the cooperative research model. TECO kindly arranged for Dr Peacock's participation in a panel session looking at models for improving and accelerating industry innovation.


27 February 2014
Energy Efficiency in Manufacturing SMEs:
Sharing Australian and International
Experience in Policy and Program Design

The Department of Industry, in conjunction with the Energy Management Action Network (EMAK) is hosting a workshop on the design and outcomes of energy   efficiency programs for manufacturing SMEs which have been run by industry associations and government.

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17-18 March 2014  Melbourne
The Lowitja Institute 2nd National
Conference on Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI) inAboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

The Lowitja Institute 2nd National Conference on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

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19-20 March 2014  Melbourne
Congress Lowitja 2014
Theme: Many Mobs. One Vision: Creating a Healthy Future
Congress Lowitja is the Lowitja Institute’s biennial conference.  Congress Lowitja 2014, Many Mobs. One Vision : Creating a Healthy Future,  celebrates diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities sharing a common goal for a healthy future.

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8th April 2014
Future Farm Live

Future Farm Live will showcase the increased value delivered to Australian agriculture through perennial plant based farming systems research over the past 13 years.

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8-9 April 2014
CRC Rail - Interchange
Interchange 2014 is a two day event featuring presentations of key CRC research outcomes from leading rail industry and research professionals as well as discussion panels and interactive networking sessions.

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8-11 April 2014
Australia Week in China 2014 Trade and Investment Mission
Australia Week in China (AWIC) is a government initiative which aims to promote Australia as a trade, investment, education and tourism destination with a program tailored to major industry sectors. The sector-specific networking events will raise understanding of doing business in China and enhance existing relationships with Chinese businesses.

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20th - 21st May 2014
Innovating with Asia
The Innovating with Asia 2014 Conference provides access to Australian innovation funding sources, a dynamic education program and people who are now creating real impact through research.

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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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17-19 September 2014
ARMS 2014 Canberra Think Impact and Influence
Our Conference Committee has been working hard to develop a program that will be topical and engaging for all tastes. ARMS 2014 will continue to offer a varied program of keynote speakers, round table discussions, clinical and a wide selection of oral and poster presentations.

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