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Cooperative Research Centres “Not Butchered”

On a recent episode of The Business, presenter Ticky Fullerton questioned the Minister for Industry, The Hon. Ian Macfarlane, on “abolishing” the Cooperative Research Centres Program, or at least “butchering it”.  Thankfully this is not the situation.

“CRCs are far from abolished” said CRC Association CEO, Dr. Tony Peacock.

“The recent budget cuts hurt, no doubt about it. But we have 36 CRCs working flat out, and a pipeline of new ones in development.”

Minister Macfarlane gave an example of Boeing's advanced manufacturing earlier in the interview. The CRC for Advanced Composites Structures (CRC-ACS) were integral to that development which has resulted in a $4 billion manufacturing contract over 25 years. The CRC is now working with Airbus on “welding” of composites.

Past reviews and studies have continuously demonstrated the extraordinary value of CRCs to Australia.

Dr Peacock said the CRC Association couldn’t agree more with Minister Macfarlane when he says “collaboration is key”. 

“CRCs aren’t afraid of finding even better ways of maximising the collaboration between industry and public researchers. We have an outstanding track record but if we can identify improved pathways in the coming review we’ll embrace them.

“Last week the Chief Scientist of Australia said Australian science needs to “align, focus and scale” which is what CRCs do. There is actually a remarkable level of concern on the need for more collaboration and better industry research links. Stronger than I have ever seen in my 22 years in Canberra” said Dr. Peacock.

“CRCs will emerge stronger and better from the coming review and the CRC Association is looking forward to it.”

Dr. Peacock will speak on the future of CRCs at the Australian Science Industry Exchange (ASiX) tomorrow.

Australia 2040 Forum

Next year is the 25th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program. To celebrate this milestone, the Cooperative Research Centres Association is holding our annual conference in Canberra on 25-27 May 2015.

We are excited to announce two more speakers:

Ms Geraldine Doogue AO
Ms Geraldine Doogue AO will be our MC for the Australia 2040 Forum and the Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner.

 Professor Warwick McKibbin.
Professor Warwick McKibbin, ANU, will present in the opening session of the Australia 2040 Forum, The next 25 years: why uncertainty should be at the core of policy design

Please keep an eye on the conference website for upcoming announcements and follow
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EverGraze a Eureka Finalist

EverGraze, developed by Future Farm Industries CRC, has been nominated as a finalist in the 2014 Eureka Prizes in the category, Department of Agriculture Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture.
Through integrated research and modelling, EverGraze demonstrated that significant increases in the profitability of livestock enterprises could be achieved concurrent with reductions in groundwater recharge and soil loss. This led to more than 4000 farmers to implement changes on farms.

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Managing a CRC Bid Seminar Series

The CRC Association would like to thank everyone who participated in Managing a CRC Bid webinar series up until this point.

The sixth and final part in the series will be held in person next year at the CRC Association Conference.

To download Dr. Peacock's slides from his presentation: Defining and refining the challenges facing a CRC, click here.

Chick Embryo Wins Two Awards

The Poultry CRC recently won two awards at the Association of Medical Illustrator's 2014 AMI Salon Exhibit, for their amazing “chick embryo development: 21 days to hatching” video, which vividly illustrates a chick’s development over 21 days with amazing 3d visuals.  

The video took out a Member’s Choice Award and a Didactic/Instructional – Non-Commercial Award.

The CRC Association would like to congratulate the Poultry CRC on their win.

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CRC for Water Sensitive Cities  Research Fellow selected to be amongst the world’s top 20 early career social scientists

Dr Briony Rogers, Monash University Research Fellow and CRCWSC project leader has just been selected by the International Social Science Council to be one of 20 ‘World Social Science Fellows’ in the area of sustainable urbanisation.

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Enterprise Connect SCIP Award for “Most Improved”

DMTC is proud to have been presented with the “Most Improved” award as part of the Enterprise Connect Supplier Continuous Improvement Program. Presented at the recent Defence and Industry Conference in Adelaide, the award was bestowed for demonstrating the most improvement between cycles in diagnostics scores for Business and Office Excellence.

DMTC’s Continuous Improvement Program ensures that R&D projects are conducted, and will continue to be conducted, in a manner that maximises value for money for its participants and Defence.

DMTC would like to thank Enterprise Connect and in particular the Defence Industry Innovation Centre facilitators who have worked with DMTC over a number of years. Their expertise and guidance in implementing our Continuous Improvement initiative has been invaluable and ultimately lead to the success of our program.

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