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Who will you meet at the Match-up?

Businesses, researchers and experts in their field will meet at the inaugural Science-Business Match-up on 8 March in Brisbane.

Being held as part of the CRC Association’s annual conference, the Business of Innovation 2016, the Match-up will break down the barriers between industry and public researchers. Attendees are invited to book 20-minute meetings with any business or researcher attending the conference, to forge new relationships and meet potential collaborators face-to-face.

There has not been an opportunity like this in Australia before.

By attending the Match-up, the following are some of the companies you can meet with: Dow provides chemical, plastic, and agricultural products and services to consumer markets that include food, transportation, health and medicine, personal care and construction, and operates in approximately 180 countries Insitu Pacific is an Australian-based provider of unmanned systems including Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The Asset Institute is a continuation of the former Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM). Through collaborations with leading research and industry organisations the Brien Holden Vision Institute works to develop innovative vision correction products for the treatment of the most common eye conditions. It also seeks to apply its vision research more broadly in other medical applications. Their mission is to help educators, employers and students achieve better outcomes from experiential learning collaboration – increasing accessibility, scale and reducing costs. Ecolour is a 100% Australian owned company who specialise in nontoxic paint. They use breakthrough technology to manufacture premium quality water based paint that is 100% free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). The NTRI co-ordinates the clinical research and education of The Alfred Trauma Service and Monash University to deliver expertise in the following areas: clinical care, research, education, biotechnologies, and systems development. Strukton Rail provides cross-border solutions in the field of rail infrastructure, railway vehicles and mobility systems. The Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council is a CEO-led private sector initiative pursuing Australian success in advanced manufacturing. The AAMC brings together industry leadership to drive innovation success and resilience in the Australian economy. The Impact Innovation Group is a specialist innovation, technology commercialisation and start-up management consulting firm. We assist companies, government agencies, NGOs, and research organisations to implement and achieve successful innovation outcomes. EngeneIC is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing its proprietary EDV™ nanocell platform for the targeted delivery of chemotherapeutics and functional nucleic acids in cancer. The EDV™ is a first-in-class Cyto-Immunotherapy platform. RayGen has re-imagined solar power. Their technology uses heliostats (mirrors to track the sun) to concentrate light into a dense array of PV cells to generate electric at world record system efficiency.  
You will also have the opportunity to set up meetings with:  
  • The Industry Growth Centres
  • The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to discuss CRCs
  • Australian Research Council
  • Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association
  • National Health and Medical Research Council
  • Defence Science and Technology Group
  • Dr Alison Mitchell, Research Director, Vitae, United Kingdom
  • Dr John Bell, Australian Academy of Learned Academies
  • Professor Dr Reinhart Poprawe, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT
  • Dr Ben McNeil, Thinkable
  • Dr Nick Fisher, ValueMetrics Australia
  • Dr Charles Wessner, Georgetown University
  • Dr Ross Wilkinson, Australian National Data Service
  • Mr Tim Williamson, AusIndustry
  • Ms Alison Page, Designer, Director Ninti One and CRC for Remote Economic Participation

Registrations for the conference close in two weeks and spots are filling up quickly. Register today!
Sponsor highlight: A big thank you to the Queensland Government for coming on as the Host Sponsor for the Business of Innovation 2016.
The Queensland Government is investing $180 million over four years to create the knowledge based jobs of the future through their Advance Queensland initiative. Advance Queensland positions Queensland as an attractive investment destination with a strong innovation and entrepreneurial culture.

For more information on Advance Queensland, click here.

A big thank you to our sponsors

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.

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.

Submissions close 15 February and voting will open. Click here to apply. 

Opportunity to meet CRC Programme representatives at The Business of Innovation 2016 Conference

Representatives from the CRC Programme in the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science will be available at the CRC Association Conference to meet with consortia to discuss potential applications. If you are registered for the conference and wish to arrange a meeting, please contact the CRC Programme at or on 02 6276 1568.

All eyes on next generation electronics

University of South Australia research may transform the common contact lens into next generation consumer electronics.

Scientists from UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) have completed ‘proof of concept’ research on a polymer thin-film coating that conducts electricity on a contact lens, with the potential to build miniature electrical circuits that are safe to wear. 

FII researcher, Associate Professor Drew Evans says the breakthrough technology could provide one of the safest methods to bring people and their smart devices closer together.

“Building on the technologies we pioneered in thin film coatings to development of the world’s first fully plastic car mirrors, we’ve been working to develop conducting polymers with a UK partner that specialises in contact lenses,” he says.

“We have always known that our film coating technologies had potential for many applications and now we’ve taken that a step further, proving we can make biocompatible, conducting polymers at the nanoscale and grow them directly on a contact lens.

“The fluids in the eye provide markers of a person's health, so our goal is to build electrical sensors on a contact lens from our polymers to sense in real-time a person's well-being. 

“The next big leap is to develop complementary technologies to read the information transmitted by the conducting polymers.”

Click here to learn more.

Bidding for a CRC?

The CRC Association will be keeping a list of groups bidding for a CRCs in the upcoming Round 18 as well as in Round 1 of CRC-P. By letting us know, we can put you in contact with people who would be interested in your bid, or even provide assistance. If you are looking to bid, let Dr Tony Peacock know:

CRC – P on Disability Workforce‏
The peak body for non-government disability services, NDS, is considering a CRC-P application.

They began conversations with a number of academics last year to develop proposals for a CRC-P relating to the workforce for disability :  the impact of Australia’s client-centred disability system for disability work and the workforce for people with disability.

The research program will explore domains where change is anticipated to be significant and unpredictable:
  1. The nature of disability work: including job roles, work processes, use of technology, the location where work is performed, the timing and patterns of disability support, relationships between professional and non-professional workers, and contrasts between support work by sector.
  2. The role and characteristics of the paid workforce: including the scope of the workforce for disability, the growth and composition of that workforce, pay and working conditions, and changing relations between people with disability, workers and services.
Some research questions they are currently considering include:
  • What are the separate and combined effects on disability [support] [or support and therapy] work of the key changes associated with the implementation of the NDIS in Australia ?
  • How are successful disability specialist services adapting to the NDIS in Australia?
  • To what extent are people with disability experiencing change in the service relationship under the NDIS ?

They are keen to identify (local and international) promising practices to workforce development that meet the challenge of broadly needing to double the workforce for disability, while also significantly changing its composition and orientation to a more person centred values base.

Contact Gordon Duff, General Manager - Sector Development and Research National at

BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards 2016

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards took place on Tuesday in Melbourne. Aimed at high school and primary school students, the awards saw twenty-six of Australia’s best and brightest young scientists and innovators on display.

From Caerin 1.9, A possible treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, through to whether seeds will survive a cow’s gastric track and germinate, the level of innovativeness and scientific rigour was simply awe inspiring and bodes very well for the future of Australia.

Click here to learn more about the awards.   
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