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Registrations now open

Registrations are now open for The Business of Innovation 2016 being held in Brisbane next year from 7–9 March, at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The conference will explore the importance of business and industry working with science to create innovation, and how to foster these relationships. The conference will also join onto the World Science Festival, also being held in Brisbane — the first time it has been held outside of New York.

The draft program is now up on the website. There are many fantastic sessions and speakers on offer covering a broad range of topics:  Australian Government assistance and how to get it; CRC collaboration with business industry: an open conversation; and Breaking down silos: how to use crowd-sourcing technology to accelerate your R&D objectives, just to name a few.

Highlighted session: Australian Government assistance and how to get it

Businesses and scientific research organisations can benefit from various Australian Government programmes delivered by AusIndustry through and the 13 28 46 contact centre. There are programmes designed to boost business growth and global competitiveness, programmes to connect businesses with research organisations and programmes that facilitate collaboration between industry and science. Tailored advice, connections to knowledge experts and matched grants are all available to eligible applicants. Find out what might be available for your company, organisation or project when AusIndustry experts present the menu of potential options when it comes to Australian Government assistance.

A big thank you to our sponsors

We are currently seeking sponsorship for the event. If you would like to sponsor the event or have a suggestion for a speaker, please contact Jordan Gardner at:

The $5,000 Science-Business Match-up challenge

Do you have a great research idea? Or are you a business looking to explore new possibilities available through sourcing research and development? Great things can happen when science and industry collaborate.

This challenge is your chance to tell your story and showcase your ideas to the widest possible audience in order to collaborate with new partners that can take your research and development projects to the next level. 

Pitch your idea using a short video and have the chance to win $5,000 towards your research or business plus win free registration to our conference, The Business of Innovation 2016, 7-9 March in Brisbane, valued at $1,100, where we will host a first ever Science-Business Match-up in Australia on 8 March 2016. The day will include the opportunity to book 20-minute meetings with any business or researcher attending. Featured businesses will also be giving short presentations during the afternoon to outline their business activities and research interests.

All Australian-based researchers & businesses can apply, however the chance to forge new relationships will be greatest if you attend the match-up and meet with potential collaborators face-to-face.

This Challenge gives you the opportunity to raise your profile, increase your engagement with other researchers and industry, ensuring you get the maximum benefit from your time once you get to the Science-Business Match-up.

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Collaborating with Europe can be closer than you think

Dr Tony Peacock

The story below was written prior to the terrorist attacks in Paris. The CRC Association extends its profound sympathy to the families of loved ones killed in the attacks and to the many injured. French–Australian research cooperation has a long and successful history which will continue to strengthen in the future.

For many Australian researchers, France is less than three hours away.

Paul Wilson, the Australian Consul-General, points out that when you are visiting New Caledonia, you stand on French soil. He reports to Canberra via Australia’s Embassy in Paris.

For those interested in research and innovation collaboration with the European Union, the fact that New Caledonia is so much physically closer can affect how they think about collaboration. 

Rado Faletic, from Australian consultancy Montroix, points out that dealing with European Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) has important implications for collaborating with Europe. 

“The OCTs like New Caledonia and French Polynesia have access to European research programs” says Faletic. 

“That means, for example, that a researcher from New Caledonia can apply to work in Australia from the Marie Curie Fellowship program. And it applies the other way around – an Australian researcher can apply for a Marie Curie Fellowship to work in New Caledonia.”

Innovation is very high on the political agenda in New Caledonia. The President, Phillipe Germain, is promoting an innovation plan to diversity the economy from its reliance on nickel mining. 

“Non-nickel exports” is a common term used by Andre Boudart, Innovation manager for New Caledonia. Boudart is responsible for getting the innovation plan in place for the territory. That plan is in its final stages of development and may include tax relief for R&D, create links between innovative companies; solutions for a small market and a lift in management skills.

Environmental and cultural research has a long and successful history of collaboration between Australia and Pacific nations. But the research agenda in the Pacific is shifting to a great emphasis on innovation. It is a familiar theme for anyone with a passing knowledge of the scene in Australia.

Shifting the Australian mindset of seeing the Pacific as a great site for fieldwork to a valued partner in innovation could yield big benefits. Access to European collaborative funds through some of the islands; better access to European markets and incentives to innovate in Pacific nations are all good reasons to have a new look.

 *The author was a guest of the PACE-Net Plus project coordinated by IRD New Caledonia to speak at the OCTA Innovation Pacific Seminar 5-6 November 2015.
CRCs – the current state of play seminar

Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association, will be holding a series of free seminars: CRCs – the current state of play, in Adelaide and Brisbane over the coming weeks.

The Adelaide seminar, being hosted by Flinders University, will be held on 27 November. Click here to register. The Brisbane seminar is being hosted by the University of Queensland and will be held on 1 December. Click here to register.

For more information contact

The Australian Innovation Challenge

The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment has been named a finalist in The Australian Innovation Challenge for their technology matCARE, which locks up perfluorochemicals, or PFCs, a class of compounds suspected of being carcinogenic.

The Wound Management CRC is also a finalist in the Health Category for their drug delivery system to assist chronic wound healing.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 25 November.

Click here for more information.

Free E-books on ECRs and Research Management

The following are two free e-books by Professor Alan Johnson, Research Management Services Internalation, that might be of interest to the CRC community.

The first for ECRs Charting a course for a successful research career; A guide for Early Career Researchers. The second book, Improving your research Management: A guide for senior university research managers.

Update to bushfire outlook

Across southern Australia, spring has so far been exceptionally dry. With record warm temperatures experienced across the country in October, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has re-examined its Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook, resulting in updates for South Australia and Tasmania. This new edition, released as Hazard Note 12, replaces the previous Outlook for these two states, previously published in September 2015.

In New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland, the Southern Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook remains as described in September’s Outlook.

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