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12 March 2013
CRCs are involved in research across many industries in Australia

Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 program highlights

Interactive sessions on our future wellbeing, sustainability, University research and Industry Competitiveness will be highlights of the Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 Program. A range of top level speakers will participate in a series of panel discussions facilitated by editors from The Conversation, focussing on Australia's innovation needs in the next 5-15 years.

Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group Innes Willox will be participating in the Industry competitiveness session where we will delve into Deloitte's 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index. Deloitte Partner Damon Cantwell will put his views on how Australia might arrest our predicted continuing drop on the competitive index. Dr Michelle Allan, current President of the Board of the William Angliss Insitute and Director of numerous companies and research organisations, will point to the challenges for businesses to build and maintain a culture of innovation. You'll also be fully briefed on the latest on the Federal Government's recently announced Innovation Precincts Program.

We'll look at the big issues on our innovation horizon.

Can Australia continue to rely so heavily on University researchers when a recent Ernest and Young report says few universities have a business model in place to survive the next decade? Report author, Justin Bokor, will debate the topic with RMIT University VC Professor Margaret Gardner AO and the CEO of the ARC, Professor Aidan Byrne.

We sit on the edge of major change and major challenges in health research. The McKeon Review has reinforced calls for strengthening the health and medical research and the delivery of healthcare services. How can we shape research to better address issues of wellbeing and service delivery? Does that mean less focus on curing disease? Come and join our panel of experts.

If you are involved in delivering innovation, then you simply must attend Collaborate | Innovate | 2013. You'll hear from experts from across the sector. Opportunities in the defence sector will be discussed with Australia's Chief Defence Scientist, Alex Zelinsky. Founder and Investment Principal of Starfish Ventures, Dr Michael Panaccio will explain how his company is working with superannuation funds to invest in start-ups. One of the world's largest engineering companies, GHD, is headquartered in Melbourne and their Group Manager - Innovations, Jeremy Stone will show you how they are using Open Innovation to address some of the world's most pressing infrastructure issues.

Early Bird Registrations for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 close this Friday. Substantial further discounts are available for Group Bookings. Make sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to create "Impact through Collaboration".



2013 CRC STAR Award open now

The 2013 CRC STAR Award is the Minister’s award for recognising CRCs for excellence in collaborating with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop and deliver innovation.  Applications are now open and will close on 28 March 2013.

The 2013 CRC STAR Award will be presented at the CRCA Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner, on 16 May 2013 during the CRCA's annual conference in Melbourne, by a representative for the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

Don’t miss this opportunity to have your CRC recognised for its work with SMEs.

Application form and guidelines

Industry Innovation Precincts consultation sessions

The Australian Government is embarking on a new round of consultation on Industry Innovation Precincts, one of the key initiatives announced in the $1 billion Plan for Australian Jobs. The Minister for Industry and Innovation Greg Combet said stakeholder feedback would inform the detailed design of Industry Innovation Precincts.

Industry Innovation Precincts will foster collaboration between industry and the research sector in Australia to create new growth opportunities and enhance the competitiveness of Australian business. The Government released the Industry Innovation Precincts Consultation Framework Paper and called for submissions from stakeholders.

"These new industry-led Precincts will strengthen innovation by creating networks and boosting collaboration between firms and researchers to share knowledge and take advantage of business opportunities," Mr Combet said. "The framework outlined in the paper is designed to ensure there is flexibility to establish Precincts that meet the needs of industry."

The Government will establish up to 10 Industry Innovation Precincts. The first two Precincts will be in the Manufacturing and Food sectors. The remaining Precincts will be selected through 2013 after a competitive selection process.

Consultation sessions will take place in capital cities and regional centres during March. Written submissions on the consultation paper and draft guidelines close 22 March 2013.

More information.

CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health funds trials of vaccine to prevent rheumatic fever

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research has begun human trials of a vaccine for Streptococcus A, the germ that causes rheumatic fever. The vaccine has been developed over more than 20 years by Professor Michael Good from Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics and scientists at QIMR.

Animal studies have shown the vaccine makes the immune system produce antibodies which kill the germ. Repeated attacks of rheumatic fever can cause a build-up of damage to the heart valves, known as rheumatic heart disease. It’s largely a disease of poverty.

“Infection rates in remote indigenous communities in Queensland are among the highest in the world. Nine out of every ten people affected in this State are indigenous,” Professor Good said.

The vaccine trial is funded by the CRC for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health. The research was funded by the National Heart Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the CRC for Vaccine Technology, the Perpetual Foundation and the Prince Charles Hospital Foundation.

Read more.

Kraft Foods showcases TableTop technology from Smart Services CRC

The TableTop connected surface software was showcased by Kraft Foods as part of the opening of their high technology confectionery Centre of Excellence facility in Ringwood recently. The TableTop technology, developed by the Smart Services CRC with the University of Sydney, will provide Kraft with leading connected interactive surface technology which connects any interactive surface for seamless sharing of content and collaboration across a room or the world.

The new Kraft Centre of Excellence will use the latest available technologies from the Smart Services CRC as a way of staying ahead of the global competition through innovation. They will be replacing their old paper-based methods by using TableTop as part of their product development research into what consumers want.

Video of Kraft Foods' plans for TableTop technology.

More about TableTop technology features.

For more information contact Dr Anthony Collins.

Demonstration of TableTop software at Kraft Foods Ringwood
(L-R) Heidi Victoria MP, Member for Bayswater District, Minister Dalla-Riva, Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports and Trade, Rebecca Dee-Bradbury (Kraft President Developed Markets, Asia Pacific), Victorian Premier Ted Bailleu, Warren Bradey CEO, Smart Services CRC, Nicolas Georges Director Premium Chocolate & Dairy Research & Development, Asia Pacific, Anthony Collins, Product Leader Smart Services CRC, at a demonstration of the TableTop software at Kraft Foods Ringwood

Ninti One aids roll out of new retinal camera to remote Australia

Ninti One, the managing body for the CRC for Remote Economic Participation, are partners in the Vision CRC program to deliver the Intelligent Retinal Camera to remote Australian communities. With comprehensive private and government partnerships, expertise in remote communities and connections throughout remote Australia, Ninti One is well positioned to help deliver the Intelligent Retinal Camera to Aboriginal communities.

Dr Tom Calma AO, Chair of Ninti One and currently the ACT Australian of the Year, welcomed the funding of the program. “New technology can only be useful if remote communities have the opportunity to understand the benefits and to have input into the rollout. We have had people working in these communities for many years and their knowledge and experience in helping communities will be vital to the program.”

“This is an exciting development in delivery of innovation to remote Australia,” said Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association.

“There are many CRCs and other research bodies with knowledge, programs and products that have the potential to vastly improve the health and economic prosperity of our remote communities. Projects to deliver innovation products could partner with Ninti One in an effective use of its existing expertise and connections."

Outotec buy Scanalyse laser scanning technologies

Locally grown company Scanalyse has been bought by Outotec, the Finnish minerals and metals processing technology and services supplier. At the heart of the company’s innovative products is laser technology originally generated in Curtin University supported by the CRC for Spatial Information. The start-up company also received venture capital funding from Stone Ridge Ventures as it grew to over 30 staff servicing more than twenty countries.

“It is a great move from a Scanalyse point of view as we can now tap into Outotec‘s global network and rapidly expand our reach” said Chief Executive Officer Peter Clarke. “Outotec’s global centre of excellence in grinding is in Perth, and the Scanalyse operations will remain here.”

"This is a great outcome for our partners and the CRCSI is proud to have played a critical role in the company’s genesis” said CRCSI CEO Peter Woodgate. Peter Clarke agrees, having stated “No CRCSI, no Scanalyse. Simple as that.”

Read more.

Invasive Animals CRC research new virus for rabbit control

Wild rabbit numbers are booming, and biosecurity experts warn the pests are threatening farmland, native species and the ability of the landscape to store carbon. The Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) says rabbits are Australia's most costly vertebrate pest, setting farmers back about $200 million annually.

The IACRC is now investing with the CSIRO, universities and farmers in the largest rabbit biocontrol program in nearly two decades. Central to the strategy is a new, imported virus, which researchers hope to adapt in the lab so it stays ahead of any resistance the strain might develop in nature.

Mr Conroy said it was crucial government and industry continued combating these pests, as efforts to kill wild rabbits had produced a $70 billion benefit for agricultural in the past sixty years.

Read more from the IACRC. Read the full story from The Australian.

collaborate innovate 2013

May 15-17 2013
The CRCA's Annual Conference

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Earlybird Registration ends March 15

Sponsorship enquiries can be directed to Justin Holsinger at EventCorp

Why you should be a Member of the CRC Association

Members of the CRCA have access to communications that can cut the cost of your operations.

Recent discussions include best use of Social Media, management costs and governance issues.

Members of the CRCA gain insights and support in seeking partners and funds.

All seven shortlisted CRC proposals in the current funding round have received referrals through CRCA.

An analysis of Round 16 potential bids is already available to CRCA members.

A benchmarking study outlining all CRC salaries is available to members.

Members of the CRCA receive advocacy, promotion and introductions.

Meetings with Ministers Combet, Plibersek, Butler, Carr and others were organised for Members during 2012.

In the past year, the CRC Association had provided Associate Membership and Affiliate membership at 25% and 50% of the full membership rate respectively. Our Associates and Affiliates are reporting significant benefits arising from their Membership.

Enquire today about joining us in 2013.

Get involved

Consortia are developing for CRC bids in the next (2013) round. CRCA is happy to help you connect with other potential bidders. Let us know about your interest and we can pass it on to others in the areas of:

  • Asian markets
  • Diabetes
  • Cybersecurity
  • Industrial Safety
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Online Education
  • Soil Security
  • Murray–Darling
  • Farm Safety
  • Big Data
  • Several manufacturing approaches
  • Healthy Ageing
  • eFIT
  • Simulation
  • Complex Project and Program Management

as well as potential re-bidding CRCs and a range of early stage bids. Participation in a CRC is not limited to any specific group or region. You must have an Australian small-medium enterprise and an Australian University involved.


15 March 2013
Presentation of the latest data from a 13-year tracking project of public attitudes towards biotechnologies and a 7-year tracking study of public attitudes towards nanotechnologies.
Register for the presentation

7-10 April 2013

National Rural Health Conference

6-7 June 2013

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

6-10 August 2013

Abstract submissions now open
Prostate Cancer World Congress

Associate Members

Essential Energy

Alertness, Safety and Productivity CRC bid

Safeguarding Biodiversity CRC bid

Affiliate Members

The Recruitment Alternative

Capital Hill Consulting

FAL Lawyers

Hynes Lawyers

Piper Alderman

Queensland University of Technology


University of South Australia

Innovativity programs

9-10 April 2013
30 April- 2 May 2013
28-30 May


Innovativity provides a real-world three-day Program to help Australian organisations profit through innovation


The Brewery - commercialise your innovation

Australia is renowned for its innovative capacity yet notorious for low levels of technology translation and commercialisation.

The Brewery is a dedicated commercialisation program that focuses on dramatically decreasing the time required to go from research output to a product. Each technology within the program is supported by a strong business case, high-level strategy and mentorship while utilising the greater innovation ecosystem. The Brewery will initially focus on medical devices and diagnostics, though the model is expandable to other sectors. The goals are threefold: (1) Get the story right while (2) accelerating commercialisation in a (3) dynamic problem-solving hotbed.

The Brewery provides another option for CRCs wanting to extract value from innovation. STC is actively building a strong base of partners, and is currently seeking opportunities to participate in existing or upcoming CRCs.

Read more or contact STC

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