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Cooperative Research News
7 May 2013
CRCs are involved in research across many industries in Australia

Excellent innovation on show at CRCA conference

Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 is about to get underway in just over a week's time. The CRC Association is looking forward to informative workshops, provocative sessions, showcasing early career researchers and highlighting excellent innovation. Sessions will be moderated by representatives from The Conversation.

The conference will kick off with a keynote presentation by Chief Defence Scientist and Head of Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO), Dr Alexander Zelinsky. Dr Zelinsky’s career spans innovation, scientific and industrial research and development, commercial start-ups and education.

The Excellence in Innovation Awards night on Thursday 16 May will put the spotlight on the quality and diversity of innovation across CRCs.

The shortlisted entries for the Excellence in Innovation Awards can be viewed here.

There's still time to register for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 to see the best of CRC Innovation. Where else can you learn so much about participating in Australia's major collaborative research program, including meeting with the funders, those already in the program and those that can help you enter the program?



Shaping our future wellbeing

Thursday morning's session at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 will place community health under the microscope and draw on the experience of national leaders in community health initiatives. 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? Join a panel of experts through facilitated discussion around shaping our future wellbeing.

Gain a unique perspective on some of the biggest developments on the Australian health landscape such as plain paper packaging of cigarettes and our effort in "closing the gap" between indigenous and non-indigenous health. This session will give you the chance to participate in this fascinating discussion. Come and hear from the experts on making a difference through policy implementation, commercialisation and community programs.

Speakers for this session are: Tarun Weeramanthri, Executive Director Public Health & Chief Health Officer, The Health Department of Western Australia; Tom Calma, Chairman, Ninti One Ltd; and Alexander Collie, CRO, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research.


 Collaborating for sustainability at
Collaborate | Innovate | 2013

Managing Australia's vast landscapes and our precious water and marine resources requires high levels of collaboration. Relatively recent European settlement in a unique and isolated environment has led to severe loss of biodiversity and soils. But our export income is still highly reliant on our land, water and marine environments, so we must improve their sustainable use. In this session, we will explore the issues of managing our environments for the long term. What are the issues confronting farming, mining and our environmental sectors over the coming decades and how can we manage competing claims on our environment?

Speakers at this Thursday afternoon session are: Matt Linnegar, CEO, National Farmers’ Federation; Johann van der Merwe, Gorgon Quarantine Manager, Chevron; and Stuart White, Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.

Register for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013

Commercial pathways to impact

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 on Thursday afternoon at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013.

How to win a CRC (or not) breakfast at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013

A special breakfast event sponsored by Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick will be held for a limited number of registrants for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 on the morning of Friday 17 May. As CEO of the ARC, Professor Aidan Byrne sees more research proposals than just about anyone else. Having just completed his first funding round as a member of the CRC Committee, Aidan is in a unique position to give us insights into this process. Aidan will be joined by Professor Robert van Barneveld who has led four separate CRC bids in two distinctly different sectors.

The future of universities in creating research impact

Australia is more reliant on university-based research than almost any other country in the OECD. But a new report on the Future of Australian Universities states that no single university in Australia has a business model that will be viable in a decade’s time. What does the future hold for research in an environment where universities are under such increasing pressure? What are the implications for industries seeking research and for the researchers themselves?

At Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 on Friday morning, the author of the Future Australian Universities Report, Justin Bokor, will outline the rocky road that universities face. Vice Chancellor of RMIT University, Margaret Gardiner, AO, will tell us how her university will face up to the challenge and Aidan Byrne, the CEO of the Australian Research Council will speculate on the future of research funding in our tertiary sector.

Collaborating for impact in Australian industry

Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group Innes Willox will be participating in the industry competitiveness session on Friday morning at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 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 Michele Allan, current President of the Board of the William Angliss Institute 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.

Creating impact in the age of hyper-innovation

Innovation itself is changing rapidly. Crowd funding can mean great ideas receive up more than 10,000 times their requested investment backing in only days. People can collaborate from all over the world to deliver research impact in a fraction of the time it took in the past. Customers can now be fully integrated into product development like BMW is doing in their Co-Creation Lab. End-users and researchers can find each other in the cloud and solve problems without ever meeting. In Friday afternoon's session at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013, we will explore a number of ways innovation itself is changing and what it means for individual researchers and their organisations. Speakers: Jutta von Dincklage, Product Manager, Cancer Council Australia; Alison Mitchell, Director of Development for Vitae; Farzad Safaei, Director, ICT Research Institute, University of Wollongong and Smart Services CRC; Jeremy Stone, Group Manager – Innovation Advisory Group GHD; Susan Doel, Research and Education Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation.

Pregnant pause in how to feed group housed sows

Recognising that pregnant sows are increasingly being managed in group housing systems, the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) has driven the production of a manual, ‘Feeding Pregnant Sows in Group Housing Systems’.

Launched by Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell at the 2013 Victorian Pig Fair in Bendigo, it was produced with considerable producer input and in conjunction with Australian Pork Limited (APL).

Read the story

Vision CRC CEO recognised with international award

Professor Brien Holden has been awarded a Distinguished Service Award by the World Council of Optometry (WCO). A pioneer in contact lens development and eye health, and now a global leader of efforts to eliminate avoidable blindness and vision impairment, Professor Holden is only the sixth to receive the award.

Read the full story

Tax issues affecting CRCs

The tax issues affecting CRCs and their participants are largely well known and provide sufficient flexibility to accommodate both participants who are tax exempt (such as research providers) and those which are taxable entities (i.e. industry participants).

The Commonwealth’s preference for a CRC to have a corporate structure, and widespread use of a separate commercialisation entity, also impact on structuring decisions. While template documents exist for the constitution of a corporate CRC and the agreement between participants, it is common for participants to customise structures and documents to suit particular objectives which may differ from case to case. These structural aspects all raise tax issues.

Read the paper prepared by Piper Alderman, lawyers, which discusses common tax issues and also addresses recent and proposed legislative changes affecting the tax status of not-for-profit (NFP) entities. Piper Alderman will be at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 if you have further questions.

Contact Piper Alderman

Opportunity to meet CRC Program representatives at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013

Representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education will be available at the CRCA 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 Program by email or on 02 6213 7177.

This opportunity is only available for delegates attending Collaborate | Innovate | 2013.


collaborate innovate 2013

May 15-17 2013
The CRCA's Annual Conference

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


Registration closes May 10

Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 Sponsors

The CRCA would like to thank the conference host, The State Government of Victoria.

The CRCA would also like to thank the sponsors.

RMIT University (Principal Sponsor and name badges)

CSIRO (Gold Sponsor)

Cooperative Research Centres Program, Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (Awards for Exellence in Innovation Dinner sponsor)

Swinburne University of Technology (The Conversation Moderator sponsor)

University of South Australia (Event and Barista sponsor)

Westpac (Tailored sponsor)

Smart Services CRC (iSee Prize sponsor)

Capital Hill Consulting (Great Grange Draw sponsor)

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (Conference Session sponsor)

Defence Materials Technology Centre (Keynote speaker sponsor)

Advanced Manufacturing CRC (Satchel sponsor)

FAL Lawyers (Wine tasting sponsor)

Russell Kennedy (Lanyard sponsor)

Australian National University, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (Pads and pens sponsor)

AutoCRC (Conference program sponsor)

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  
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