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Australia 2040 Forum

This year’s annual CRC Association conference, themed the Australia 2040 Forum, was a resounding success. We had almost 400 people attend the CRC Showcase and Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner, 250 people attend the forum and around 40 politicians, ambassadors and high commissioners – including the Prime Minister of Australia - attend at various points during the three days.  

A thought provoking Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society was delivered by Dr Megan Clark AC and our Early Career Researchers all gave great presentations.

Thank you to those who filled out the conference survey. Your input will go a long way to ensuring next year’s conference is another success. 

Presentations from the conference can be found here.

In 2016, we will be bringing forward the CRC Association's annual conference and staging it to coincide with the World Science Festival in Brisbane. Please reserve 7, 8 and 9 March to be in Brisbane for a unique event that will be concentrating on the interface of business and science. Sponsorship and program inquiries and suggestions are welcome and can be directed to

More photos from the event have now been uploaded. You can view and download the photos here.
Dr Megan Clark AC, delivering the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society.
The Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Tony Abbott MP, and the Young and Well CRC.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

The CRC Association would like to congratulate the following CRC affiliated people who were honoured in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday List:  
  • Professor Murray Norris AM: principal researcher at the Cancer Therapeutics CRC.
  • Dianne Davidson AM: Board member of the Plant Biosecurity CRC.
  • Mr Tony Tate AM: director at Ninti One.
  • Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst AM: researcher at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
We apologise if we have missed anyone.

Spatial maturity in health

Spatial maturity in health pilot study aimed to identify the maturity level and culture of the use of spatial technology across the health sector. By developing a framework it allows a vast range of organisations from roads, transport, education, mining and energy, communications companies (mobile, internet), disaster relief agencies and food security organisations to understand the cohesion with which its people are using spatial information to make more strategic decisions and respond to operational activities.

Further details and the full report can be found at

CRC for Low Carbon Living PhD/Masters Scholarships

Do you have a passion for sustainability and an interest in contributing towards the development of tools, knowledge, techniques and technologies for a low-carbon built environment?
The CRC for Low Carbon Living is offering scholarships for PhD and Masters by Research.
For Australian students, these scholarships are valued at $65,000 over two years for Masters and $95,000 over three years for PhD students to help complete your studies. Top-up awards will also be considered. Scholarship positions are available in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is a national research and innovation hub that supports Australian industry to be globally competitive in the low carbon built environment sector. It brings together property, planning, engineering and policy organisations with leading Australian researchers. The CRCLCL develops new social, technological and policy tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.
For more information on how to apply, or to fill out an expression of interest form, please visit our website at

Major award for Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC researcher Dr Katharine Haynes (Macquarie University) has been selected as the Australian nomination for the prestigious APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE) Award for 2015, beating a strong field of applicants in Sydney in late March.

"I am thrilled to be selected to represent Australia," said Dr Haynes.

"It is great that research on the human and policy dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation was recognised. There are many excellent researchers doing similar work across Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is a great supporter of much of this research".

As the Australian nomination, Dr Haynes is in the running for the major award, which will be presented in the Philippines in August. This is the first year Australia has run a national competition to select a nominee for the APEC-wide prize.

CEO of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Dr Richard Thornton, said that Dr Haynes was a worthy representative for Australia.

“Dr Haynes’ research has led to a number of direct policy outcomes to improve disaster management for extreme events and climate variability. It is fantastic for both her, and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, that she will represent Australia and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC in the Philippines in August,” said Dr Thornton.

This year’s ASPIRE theme is 'Disaster risk reduction: Understanding the role of climate change and variability'. The theme focuses on innovative technologies that may help economies adapt to the changing climate, protect the natural environment, and build resilient and sustainable societies. Read more about Dr Haynes’ research at

Photo caption: Dr Katharine Haynes accepts her award from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science, The Hon. Karen Andrews MP.

Professor Zhiguo Yuan receives ATSE Clunies Ross Award 

Fundamentally improving the water industry’s management of sewer corrosion has led to CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Leader of the Future Technologies Program, Professor Zhiguo Yuan receiving a top national technological sciences award.

Professor Yuan, Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland, received the Australian Academy of Technology, Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award for his innovative technologies, which have revolutionised the water industry’s capability and practices for sewer corrosion and odour management.

The awards ceremony, held at the Brisbane City Hall, recognised outstanding achievement in the application of science and technology for the benefit of the wider community.

Professor Yuan won the award for his work over the past decade with sewer systems. The ‘Sewer Corrosion and Odour Research Program: Putting Science into Sewers’, is believed to be the world’s largest sewer-related research effort. Urban water utilities have estimated the value of this approach to have generated an economic benefit in excess of $400 million.

As a result of Professor Yuan’s active and genuinely collaborative approach, the majority of water utilities in Australia (covering in excess of 60% of the population) have adopted outcomes of his research.

Watch Professor Yuan’s Clunies Ross Award video

Professor Yuan with his medal.

INORMS 2016 Conference

The Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) welcomes CRCA members to save the date for the International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) conference to be held in September 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

The theme of the conference is Research Management in a Connected World. Program themes include 'Collaboration, Coordination and Partnerships', 'Global Research Management', 'Leadership and Culture' as well as specialist sessions.

Attendees from universities, CRCs, research institutes, government agencies and the private and not-for-profit sectors from around the world will share best practice and learnings. The conference will facilitate connections on a personal, collegial and institutional level.

Key Dates: Registration, Call for Abstracts and Papers opens 9 September, 2015. Early bird registration closes 9 June 2015.

Find out more at

Science Communication Workshop

Econnect Communication’s science communication skills workshops especially designed for researchers are the most popular and longest-established courses available in Australia and internationally. We have run them for over 23 years, for clients including numerous CRCs. We recently coached the 5 early career researchers who presented at the 2015 CRCA conference.

Our Presenting Science course graduate Caroline Le, from the Cancer Therapeutics CRC was recognised as the top talent among young career researchers at the annual CRC Association conference held in Melbourne in mid-May 2013.

We also run workshops in Talking Science to the Media, Social Media and Web 2.0, Planning Science Communication, and Writing for the Reader.

Econnect specialises in science communication. Our workshops are designed to meet the needs of researchers, and are realistic and interactive. Message design and how to target messages for particular audiences is an integral part of all our workshops.

Special offer to CRCs for any workshops booked to be held between May 25 2015 and May 31 2016: 10% discount on any of our training workshops and 15% discount (additional 5%) on all workshops especially organised for CRC students.

Please contact Dr Jane Ilsley for more information or to make a booking:; phone 07 3846 7111.

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