CRCs have considerable impact on innovation
According to the Excellence in Innovation for Australia trial report, seven CRCs were involved in the best EIA Case studies, receiving an outstanding or very considerable impact rating. The report summarises twenty of the best EIA case studies. The CRCs involved were:
CRC for Tropical Savannas Management
CRC for Advanced Automotive Technology
CRC for Spatial Information which provided support for the establishment of Scanalyse
Read the report
16th CRC selection round information sessions
Information sessions on the CRC program and the 16th selection round will be held around Australia in February 2013. Innovative manufacturing, social innovation and sustainable regional communities have been announced as priority areas for the 16th CRC selection round.
Information sessions will explain the application requirements (including how to use the CRC impact tool) and the assessment process. Sessions will also provide a general overview about the CRC program and include information about other state or territory government assistance that may be available. In addition to each session, the department will be available to meet individually with potential applicants or interested parties to provide more direct feedback. These meetings (held the same day in the afternoon) are limited and bookings are essential.
Dates of the information sessions in your capital.
CRCA Conference News
Stepping away from the traditional talking-head conference sessions, Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 welcomes a new interactive, experiential and at times, controversial program style that will have delegates sitting on the edge of their seats.
The traditional linear speaker format is being largely substituted with 'lounge style' interactive sessions this year. All delegates will have the opportunity to participate in discussion around the session topics, so come ready to participate, not just listen.
Some of the topics up for discussion are:
Shaping our Future Wellbeing – Placing community health under the microscope
The Future of Universities in Creating Research Impact – How they can be financially viable in 10 years
Collaborating for Impact in Australian Industry – Looking to increase the competitiveness of Australian Industry globally
More program announcements will be released soon! Register today.
Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013
A trip to Melbourne, registration for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013, participation in the Master Entrepreneur training session and ATSE's Extreme Science event and Clunies Ross Awards dinner, and up to $5,000 in prize money could be yours! Go to the entry website. The Early Career Researcher Showcase 2013 is sponsored by CSIRO.
Australia Day Awards
Dr Guy Fitzhardinge has been appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to conservation and the sustainable management of threatened species, and to the agricultural industry. Dr Fitzhardinge was the chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies.
Adjunct Professor David Hood has been appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to environmental engineering as an educator and researcher, through contributions to professional organisations, and to public awareness of sustainability. Professor Hood is Engineers Australia’s immediate past National President and Co-leader of the Sustainability and Organisational Performance Program with the Cooperative Research Centre for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM).
Breeding sheep without horns faster using DNA technology
Effective use of DNA technology can reduce the chance of breeding horned Merino rams by 80% in just one year and completely remove the horn gene from the flock in just seven years, according to new data from the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC).
The modelling revealed that DNA testing just the rams used in a breeding program will quickly reduce the number of horned sheep and eventually lead to the removal of the horn gene from a flock in approximately 20 years. The gene can be removed even faster if producers choose the more expensive option of testing both rams and ewes.
Read the full press release
Real time rock data while drilling
A pioneering mineral exploration technology, which delivers real time information on rock formations while drilling a hole, is the latest world first for the South Australian-based Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC).
Known as the ‘autonomous shuttle’, the small sensor and data logger is pumped to the bottom of a drillhole where it protrudes beyond the diamond drill bit. The shuttle then measures the properties of the rocks surrounding the hole as the drill rods and bit are gradually retrieved.
“With a suite of sensors, the shuttle could replace much drill core, saving time and analytical costs and permitting drilling techniques that are only half the cost of conventional diamond drilling, at a time when Australian mining is feeling the pinch of high costs and declining commodity prices,” DET CRC Chief Executive Professor Richard Hillis said.
Working calmly with poultry
Dr Lauren Edwards undertook her PhD, The human–animal relationship in the caged laying hen, with support from the first round Australian Poultry CRC (2003–2009). Lauren’s research results suggest that the human–animal relationship is very important for the welfare of laying hens.
For industry, the outcomes of this research are simple and easy to adapt into everyday practice. By keeping the amount of noise that they make to a minimum, and by working closely to the birds in a calm and non-threatening manner, stockpeople will be able to reduce the level of fear that their flock experiences. A calmer flock is more pleasant to work with, and may be beneficial for productivity.