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Cooperative Research News
21 May 2013
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CRCA conference reflection

Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 in Melbourne last week was a terrific success. This year we changed the format for most sessions to slant them to a discussion. We revamped the Early Career Researchers competition and they simply blew us away. The awards dinner was tweaked and we joined with ATSE for their awards dinner as well. So far, the feedback I've received has been excellent – but please take the time to let us know in a formal way so that we can continue to improve on our offering.

Our speakers, sponsors and exhibitors were simply brilliant and I want to thank each of them for making the event one to remember. Thanks also to my staff and EventCorp.

We won't be sitting on our laurels. We have a series of announcements coming up (so much so that I think we'll put out weekly newsletters for the coming month). Our Members made the extraordinary gesture of raising fees beyond what the Board requested at the Annual General Meeting. We hope to return that gesture over the next year.

If you didn't get to this year's conference, be sure to mark next year's on the calendar when we announce it. It will be an event not to be missed.

We would like your feedback on the Conference, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey.



No Stress for Caroline Le

Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2013 was a great success, with conference delegates given a difficult choice between six excellent finalists.

The finalists were introduced by their 30 second entry videos and spoke for five minutes each. The winner, Caroline Le from Cancer Therapeutics CRC, won the audience over with her inspiring research on the effects of stress on cancer. Caroline presented her research with passion and wit, using some powerful and entertaining images and presenting impressive results.

Did you miss the videos? You can see them here – worth 3 minutes of your time.

Early Career Researchers (L-R) Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox, Ms Helen Glyde, Miss Caroline Le, Ms Monique Topp, Dr Nathan Quadros.

Congratulations to winners of the Excellence in Innovation Awards for 2013

Innovations from dairy farming, mallee tree harvesting and tools for detection of hearing loss were among the winners at the Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner at the Cooperative Research Centres Association’s annual conference on Thursday 16 May.

The CEO of the CRC Association, Tony Peacock said “the judges were impressed by the high quality of entries for this year’s Awards and were delighted at the breadth of innovation that continues to be delivered by the CRC Program”.

The CRC Association Awards for Excellence in Innovation celebrate collaborative research that makes a difference to our society. Three awards were made in the Innovation in Research category.

Dairy Futures CRC has delivered game-changing genomic technology to the dairy industry through a massive collaboration involving the entire dairy industry supply chain.

Future Farm Industries CRC recognised the cost of harvesting trees was a major impediment to developing a viable industry based on farm trees, so the CRC and Biosystems Engineering developed a mallee harvester to overcome this impediment.

Based on evidence from the HEARing CRC’s long-term outcomes studies, HEARLab® has been developed to deliver new tools for detection and better remediation of hearing loss in infants, young children and in the elderly.

Two awards were made in the Innovation in Education or Outreach category.

The Invasive Animals CRC developed a PestSmart Toolkit and organised and delivered the National PestSmart Roadshow, involving regional, state and national events, factsheets, case studies, guides, videos and technical reports.

The Australian Feral Camel Management Project was established to reduce the environmental damage being caused by 750,000 feral camels across central Australia. The project, managed by Ninti One Limited, created skills, jobs and services in Aboriginal communities in two key areas: the supply of camel meat to niche markets and the environmental monitoring of remote waterholes.

Excellence in Innovation Awards winners and shortlist

Funding renewed for ACE CRC

The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will receive $25 million in Australian Government funding to continue its world-leading research into Antarctic climate science and the uncertainties that currently limit the global response to climate change. The funding will be provided over five years from 1 July 2014.

Tony Press, CEO of the ACE CRC, expressed delight at the decision by the Federal Government, announced in the Budget. "This will allow the continuation of world-class research into the impacts of climate change on Antarctica and the Southern Ocean, and the implications of these impacts for the global climate", he said.

"This research makes a substantial contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and attracts collaborative research linkages internationally. This funding will ensure work of national and international significance continues."

Read the press release

CO2CRC Otway Project site attracts over 1000 visitors

Fourteen researchers and engineers from China were the latest group to visit the CO2CRC Otway Project in southwest Victoria, to learn more about Australia’s leading carbon capture and storage (CCS) research and development.

Organised by Geoscience Australia (a CO2CRC partner) and the Administrative Centre for China's Agenda 21 as part of the China Australia Geological Storage (CAGS) Project, the group included the thousandth visitor to the project since 2008. Nearly half of that 1000 have come from overseas.

The Otway Project is Australia's first demonstration of the deep geological storage of carbon dioxide and one of the world's most comprehensive carbon storage research and demonstration facilities. Carbon dioxide has been safely stored and monitored at the site since 2008.

Read the press release

collaborate innovate 2013

Thank you to all Exhibitors at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013

Australian Research Council

Brisbane Marketing

Campus Travel

Centric Management and Governance Solutions Pty Ltd

Characterisation Australia

Connecting Spaces

The Conversation

Cooperative Research Centres Program, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

CRC Care

Smart Services CRC

InfoEd Global

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

RMIT University

Swinburne University of Technology

Twitter Station

University of South Australia


Your Commercial Foundations

Thank you to all Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 Sponsors

The State Government of Victoria

RMIT University


Cooperative Research Centres Program, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

Department of Defence: Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Swinburne University of Technology

University of South Australia


Smart Services CRC

Capital Hill Consulting

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Piper Alderman

Defence Materials Technology Centre

Advanced Manufacturing CRC

FAL Lawyers

Russell Kennedy

Australian National University, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science


The Conversation


6-7 June 2013

The BIG Science Communication Summit - pathways to Inspiring Australia
A 2-day hands-on Summit to map out the next challenges for Science communication in Australia and to collaboratively address best practice solutions. An Inspiring Australia, TechNyou and Science Rewired event.

6-10 August 2013

Abstract submissions now open
Prostate Cancer World Congress

8-11 September 2013
Canberra; online

The First Global Conference on Research Integration and Implementation
The conference is directly relevant to CRCs, with its focus on methodologies for bringing together research findings, and driving change in policy and practice.

11-13 September 2013

ARMS Adelaide 2013 Conference
Stimulating Change: Inspire. Innovate. Engage
The conference will embrace the new way research is conducted with the shift in focus to end users of research, open access to intellectual property and the potential of e-research.


Members of the Cooperative Research Centres Association

CRC for Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander Health
AutoCRC CRC for Advanced
Composite Structures
Advanced Manufacturing CRC Australian Seafood CRC CRC for Low Carbon Living
Antarctic Climate &
Ecosystems (ACE) CRC
Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
CRC for Biomarker
Bushfire CRC Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
Smart Services CRC CO2CRC CRCMining
Future Farm
Industries CRC
CRC for Contamination
Assessment and Remediation
of the Environment (CARE)
CRC for Infrastructure
and Engineering Asset
Management (CIEAM)
Dairy Futures CRC DMTC Ltd Energy Pipelines CRC
The HEARing CRC CRC for Mental Health Invasive Animals CRC
Biosecurity CRC
CRC for Optimising
Resource Extraction
Young and Well CRC
Oral Health CRC CRC for Polymers High Integrity Pork CRC
Poultry CRC CRC for Rail Innovation CRC for Spatial Information
CRC for Sheep
Industry Innovation
Wound Management
Innovation CRC
CRC for Remote
Economic Participation
Vision CRC CRC for Water Sensitive Cities  
Cooperative Research News is published fortnightly by the Cooperative Research Centres Association and distributed free of charge. The CRC Association welcomes contributions but does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material published, or in any linked site. The material in this Newsletter may include the views or recommendations of third parties, which do not necessarily reflect the views of the CRC Association, or indicate its commitment to a particular course of action. Editorial responsibility is accepted by Professor Tony Peacock, Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centres Association. Inquiries about publication should be directed here.

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