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Big night for CRCs at PMs Prizes

CEO of the Capital Markets CRC, Professor Michael Aitken AM, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation at last week’s event. Professor Aitken received the prize for his work in creating and commercialising tools that are making global markets fair and efficient. 

In what was a great night for CRCs, Colin Hall from University SA won the inaugural New Innovator Award for his work on plastic mirrors with the Auto CRC. Professor Rick Shine, from the University of Sydney, won the PM’s Prize for Science for his work on reptiles and cane toads. Rick has strong ties to the Invasive Animals CRC. The full list of winners is here.

It was the first PM’s Prize night since the December 2015 release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) but there was no sense of the government’s enthusiasm for science and innovation waning. The Prime Minister once again gave a rousing speech, making it clear that science policy will remain at the top of the government’s agenda.

MC Adam Spence wondered if the new Minister, Greg Hunt, had yet released his “inner geek” in Cabinet. Minister Hunt made it clear there was no need as he was very proud to be a geek. His speech demonstrated his passion for his new portfolio as well as his obvious knowledge of the sector.

The awards for the nation’s top science teachers kicked off the evening and, as usual, left the crowd inspired by their dedication and skills.

Colin Hall’s work with the Auto CRC, UniSA and industry partner SMR, has resulted in production of 1.6 million mirrors for a variety of vehicles from the Adelaide factory. The SMR-UniSA work is a prime example of how manufacturers and research institutes can develop new products for global markets.

Australian researchers have developed four of the ten IT systems that run the world’s stock markets. Mike Aitken and his colleagues have developed two of them.

“I’m very thankful that the work we’ve done has been recognised at such a high level,” said Professor Aitken. “To see the positive impact of the research on a global scale has been a wonderful thing, I hope that by helping our financial markets the research has also contributed to the future funding of innovation worldwide.”

The Capital Markets CRC is now moving its focus to the health sector to tackle fraud in Australia’s health system.  The Capital Markets CRC recently won a CRC Association Award for Excellence in Innovation at the 2016 conference for their work on HIBIS Health Analytics Solutions. They also recently released a paper, Flying Blind, calling for consolidation of fragmented sources of data in the health sector.

“Fragmentation Favours Fraud” says Prof Aiken. “Two dozen separate data collections in health mean no one is getting the full picture. Savings in the billions, perhaps tens of billions, are possible if we have the full picture”.

The CRC Association congratulates all the winners and nominees in the 2016 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.

The Pipeline: Part 3

Shortlisted CRC applications in Round 18 were lodged last Friday. CRC-Project Round 2 applications are due today and Round 3 will open in January 2017.  Round 19 of the CRC Program will run from May 2017 and a number of bids are in development.

If you wish to get details of these bids, you can write to
  • Food Wastage
  • Subsea CRC
  • Advanced Medical Biotechnology
  • Vector-borne Tropical Disease
Business-Research Match-up opportunity: a researcher with several patents in organic and printed electronics is keen to work on an industrial application, particularly in the wearable space. Contact the CRC Association if you would like to be put in touch.

Data Analytics Advances for SA Health Sector

Data to Decisions CRC (D2D CRC) has recently established a Health Analytics program transferring knowledge and expertise developed in Big Data R&D for national security to the health industry.

The 18-month program, supported by the South Australian Government, is aimed at improving patient outcomes in the South Australian health sector.

After in-depth consultation with numerous medical professionals, four proof of concepts have been developed. The four were selected from numerous candidate projects by the program’s project advisory committee.

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Technology for smarter, faster drilling licenced

Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) has signed a licencing agreement for its technology for monitoring and optimising diamond drilling, the Wireless Sub, with Boart Longyear, the leading global supplier of drilling services, drilling equipment and performance tooling.
The Wireless Sub couples the drill rig to the drill rods in the hole and provides real-time measurement of additional, and more accurate, drilling parameters than provided by traditional drill rig gauges (namely feed force, torque, water pressure, rotation speed, axial acceleration and tangential acceleration).
Simply using the data logging feature of the Wireless Sub will enable all drillers to replicate the highest performing parameters in any given drilling program.  Real-time data from remote drilling sites can be reviewed worldwide by exploration teams.  Combined with drilling optimisation software, these data will enable drillers of any level of experience to rapidly determine the most effective drilling parameters.
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Wound Awareness Week

Chronic wounds are an increasing problem which affects over half a million Australians every day and costs approximately $3b annually in its management. Despite this, wounds remain a silent epidemic. Wounds can affect people at any stage of life, however the most concerning are wounds that don’t heal, and go on to ulcerate, such as venous leg ulcers.

Last week was Wound Awareness Week, which is a joint collaborative project between Wounds Australia and the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre (Wound CRC).  Find out more what our organisations are doing for improving wound management.

Wound Awareness Week was recently covered on Studio 10. Click here to watch the video.
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Science strengthening Australian biosecurity

New lure and kill technology for fruit fly, biosecurity community engagement, pest and disease detection in the field and the future of Australia’s biosecurity research are just part of the focus at this week’s Plant Biosecurity CRC Science Exchange conference.

“These projects are part of a multidisciplinary portfolio of science, covering pre-border, border and post-border biosecurity research,” said Dr Michael Robinson, CEO of the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.

“It’s vital work; there is no doubt that plant biosecurity is crucial to safeguarding our agricultural industries, particularly in ensuring market access. It is also playing an essential role in to protecting our unique environment from diseases such as myrtle rust.”

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Live to tell - surviving a natural disaster

All around the world, on 13 October, communities were talking about how they are reducing their exposure to disasters as part of the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction.

In Australia, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and RMIT University held a free public forum on the latest research and policies targeted at preventing deaths in natural disasters.
Speakers explored Australia’s contribution to reducing deaths from a range of natural disasters.
  • What are the challenges we face in preparing and responding to natural disasters and how can they be addressed?
  • What can we do today to ensure that the impacts are less tomorrow?
  • What policies need to be created, better implemented or changed?
Watch a video of the forum on the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC website, featuring: Mark Crosweller, Director-General, Emergency Management Australia; John Schauble, Emergency Management Victoria; Dr Katharine Haynes, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher at Risk Frontiers; Dr Martine Woolf, Geoscience Australia; John Richardson, Australian Red Cross.

Communication Innovation – creating winning strategies and delivering ROI

Professional communicators are always looking for ways to measure the success of their strategies and deliver a ROI to the organization. This year the premier professional development event being hosted by the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) will focus on industry best-practice in the areas of-
  • Measurement and Evaluation
  • Campaigning for change through collaboration
  • Challenges and innovation in science communication
  • Channel vs Approach – and exploring ways to be innovative in communication
  • Turning innovation into opportunity – the role of communication in bringing about change
  • The science behind the art of narrative
Plus much more!  Join us for this PD event of the year designed to support our community of communicators on 14-15 November, Four Points by Sheraton, Sydney
CRC members can take advantage of the Government rate and gain a 15% discount on both the One Day and Two Day Passes. Simply enter the discount code GOV15 when you register online.
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Are you currently preparing, or thinking about preparing, a CRC or a CRC-P bid? Then membership with the CRC Association should be one of your top priorities. Through membership with the Association you gain access to the wealth and knowledge of 25 years of CRCs.

The CRC Association will help guide you with your bid and put you in contact with the people you should be speaking to. When bid time comes around, we will help you with a mock interview and provide feedback. Other benefits include access to specials on flights, Vitae’s RDF Planner, and access to the CRC Association’s members' website that contains vital information when setting up or bidding for a CRC.

We are delighted that every CRC chooses to be a Member and a growing number of universities are joining the Association. Over the next six months we will be building up the Members’ website to be even more comprehensive.  

Contact Jordan Gardner for more membership information. 

Collaborate | Innovate | 2017

The CRC Association is in the planning process of next year’s conference, Collaborate | Innovate | 2017, to be held from 23-25 May at QT Canberra.

Sponsorship opportunities are now available. Sponsorship provides a host of benefits and exposure among a diverse range of attendees: politicians, industry leaders and the Cooperative Research Centres community. You won’t find a similar opportunity this year.
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News from the Minister
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The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan, is interviewed on Territory FM's Territory Mornings program.

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Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, is interviewed on 5AA Mornings.

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Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator the Hon. Matt Canavan, is interviewed on Sky News' Bolt Report

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Announcement of $300 million investment in Northern Australian road infrastructure.  

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