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The Australia-US Alliance in an Emerging Asia

The US Study Centre at the University of Sydney convened a large meeting in Canberra last week, to review the state of the Alliance. Research and innovation was significantly discussed as a major beneficiary of the relationship.
The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, pointed out that Australia and the USA have collaborated on space research for over 50 years. The new Space Environment Management CRC will further that relationship over the coming five years.
Managing director of Chevron Australia, Roy Krzywosinski, spoke about the importance of innovation in his company’s investment decisions in Australia. The Gorgon Project on Barren Island in Western Australia has required significant involvement in quarantine research. That work has enabled execution of one of the world's major resource projects on a Class A nature reserve. Mr Krzywosinski indicated that the lesson from Chevron's quarantine research would assist Australia in management of incursions on other islands. The Plants Biosecurity CRC has a long involvement in that project. Chevron's involvement in the CO2 CRC will also assist them in managing CO2 from the project, which will then be injected back into the ground.

Trade Minister, Andrew Robb, gave an impressive speech where he affirmed the important role of innovation in furthering the US-Australia relationship. He said that the world demand for LNG requires about 7 new Gorgon-sized projects. Australia is far from having a monopoly position and our innovation will determine our success in competing with Russia, the US, Canada and East Africa in supplying this vital energy source. The US-Australian relationship is much bigger than a defence Alliance—the USA is the largest foreign investor in Australia and Australia is the 12th largest investor in the USA.
The Australia-US Alliance is obviously in a very healthy state. One of the beneficiaries of that health will be further expansion of the close research, development and knowledge exchange between the two countries.  

Tony Peacock
CEO, CRC Association

RHD Students Communicate with Influence

CRC ORE held a short course during April and May to provide research higher degree (RHD) students and early career researchers (ECR) with valuable verbal, visual tools and non-verbal presentation skills, that will aid them in pitching their research to industry representatives.

The course ran over four weeks, including an introductory lecture, 4x2 hour active sessions, and culminated in a two-day off-site intensive workshop where the participants presented to Industry representatives on CRC ORE’s Technical Advisory Panel and others.

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CRC Association Chief Awarded Churchill Fellowship
Tony Peacock, the CEO of the CRC Association, has been awarded the Monash University Churchill Fellowship for 2014.

Dr Peacock will undertake a study of business-university relationships in the USA, the UK and Singapore. Australia has a high reliance on university-based researchers but a low level of interactions between universities and business. Dr Peacock hopes to learn more about the factors supporting successful business-university collaborations to encourage those factors to be applied in Australia.

Dr Peacock will undertake the fellowship in January 2015.

Finding old CRC friends

Next year is the 25th Anniversary for the Cooperative Research Centres Program. The CRC Association is planning a celebration so we are trying to track down CRC Alumni. If you know someone who was involved with a CRC in the past but might not be getting our newsletter, please let us know.

To encourage you and welcome them to our newsletter, we have six bottles of Adelaide Winemakers wine as a reward.

If you send us an email with a CRC Alumni’s contact details, we will put both of you into the draw for one of these excellent wines.

Send the contact details to and we will announce the winners in the next newsletter.

2015 Fulbright Scholarships

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will support 25-30 exceptional individuals in 2015 across all disciplines and career stages from postgraduate students to a Distinguished Chair.

The mission of the Commission is "to further mutual understanding between the people of Australia and the United States through educational and cultural exchange". This is primarily achieved through the administration of Fulbright Scholarships to support students and scholars – chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – to research and study in each others countries, exchange ideas and develop bilateral relations and connections to address common issues.

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Bushfire CRC Research to Drive Change
As the Bushfire CRC ends, it is taking an important step to make sure research findings from the past three years are accessible to a range of audiences.
It is producing a number of documentary-style videos and conducting online forums for its partners around Australia and New Zealand, to stimulate discussion and raise awareness of the various projects and their outcomes. The forums begin in early May and will continue until September. Over 120 people took part in the last forum on next generation fire modelling.
Topics covered include bushfire community safety, firefighter health and safety, ecology, incident management and economics to help decision-making. A short video explaining the series is available on the Bushfire CRC website.
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Antarctic medal for a lifetime of international policy work

Mr Andrew Jackson, an honorary fellow at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystem Cooperative Research Centre, has been award the Antarctic Medal for a lifetime of international policy work for his outstanding contribution to Antarctic affairs and the Antarctic community, particularly for his leadership and achievement in the field of international Antarctic Policy. 

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Writing Clear Science

Writing Clear Science teaches writing and research skills necessary to produce high quality science reports, papers and theses. They have a workshop coming up in Canberra (University House, ANU) on 19 and 20 August 2014.

The workshops include lectures, exercise and interactive discussions. Registrations are now open.
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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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3 August 2014
The Australian-India Council (AIC): General Grants Ground

Grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative projects which promote long-term people-to-people and institutional links between Australia and India and which showcase Australian excellence to influential Indian audiences

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19-20th August 2014 Canberra
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Writing Clear Science teaches writing and research skills necessary to produce high quality science reports, papers and theses.

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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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AutoCRC 3rd Technical Conference

Driving  Automotive innovation – Vehicle Electrification, Alternative Vehicle Energy and Sustainable Manufacturing

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The inaugural Water Sensitive Cities Conference is coming to Melbourne in 2014.

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