Using social media to make an impact
Additional Speakers at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013
Social media is quickly becoming the primary source of information for many people. So we're raising the social media bar at Collaborate | Innovate | 2013. Jane Burns, CEO of the Young and Well CRC will take you step by step through becoming a Twitter Guru. As persuasive as Jane is, that may not be enough to convince you - so Paul Barratt AO, Deputy Chairman of the Advanced Composites CRC (amongst many other things) will show you how an old dog learnt new tricks. Still not confident? Hello Medical staff and researchers from the Young and Well CRC will be on hand throughout Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 at our official Twitter Station to guide you gently through setting up your account and becoming part of the Twitterverse
If you are serious about making an impact from your research, you should make sure you get along to Collaborate | Innovate | 2013.
Win an iSee licence at
Collaborate | Innovate | 2013
The Smart Services CRC is offering a 1-year licence for the use of iSee, a real-time 3D web collaboration tool that uses interactive video streaming to create a lifelike virtual world. Inside iSee, anywhere from two to hundreds of people can meet, share ideas and content, conduct business and collaborate as they would in real life. iSee is the first web application built to mimic the social complexities of real life interactions, inspiring dynamic collaboration and learning. It is ideal for organisations managing diversely located teams.
The iSee licence offered as a prize can support up to 20 simultaneous users and is valued at over $12,000.
Only delegates with a full registration will be entered into the draw. The prize will be drawn on the last day of the conference (Friday, 17 May 2013).
See what iSee has to offer
Register for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013
New pest animals app for smart phone users
Smart phone users can now access the latest information about Australia’s worst pest animals via the new ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals of Australia’ app, produced by the Invasive Animals CRC.
The app contains detailed species descriptions, photo galleries, maps, control techniques and quick links to useful pest control resources, as well as audio calls and photos of footprints, tracks, and droppings, making it easier to identify pest animals in the field.
"If you’ve ever wanted to know how to tell the difference between the footprints of foxes and wild dogs, what calls Indian Myna birds make, or what colour eye shine feral cats have, this app is for you", said NSW Department of Primary Industries project manager for the IA CRC, Peter West. The app ‘Field Guide to Pest Animals of Austraia’ can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store.
Read the press release
CRC for National Plant Biosecurity researcher develops diagnostic test for fire blight
A La Trobe University reseacher supported by the CRC for National Plant Biosecurity has developed the most accurate test yet for the apple and pear disease fire blight. PhD candidate Rachel Mann's research involved sequencing the DNA of the fire blight bacterium Erwinia amylovora, enabling her to design a diagnostic test for the disease that is already being adopted globally.
Australia's $450 million apple and pear industry is free of fire blight, which is endemic in many parts of the world, including New Zealand. The disease causes the blackening and death of tissue, and can wipe out an entire orchard in a single season.
Read the story from Get Farming
Researching how to maintain safety in the pipeline industry
Senior industry professionals in the pipeline industry have raised concerns about the limited expertise of new people to the industry. The very strong public safety record of the Australian pipeline industry is acknowledged as due in part to the safety values and expertise of its professional staff. Recent research as part of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) research program was undertaken to give a preliminary assessment of how generational change is impacting on safety practices, as well as taking a step towards identifying effective methods for building dispositions towards safety and the necessary expertise to ensure it.
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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 opportunitiy is only available for delegates attending Collaborate | Innovate | 2013.
Queensland aims to lead ecotourism
EarthCheck, a global leader in sustainable tourism, has welcomed the announcement that the Minister for National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing will be seeking the support of the Parliament to make changes to the Nature Conservation Act, and launching of the Draft Queensland Ecotourism Plan (2013-2020), placing Queensland at the forefront of global ecotourism.
The EarthCheck Research Institute (ERI) was established as a legacy of the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism (STCRC), the world’s largest dedicated research centre for sustainable tourism. As one of Australia's most successful research centres, the STCRC evolved into three International legacy projects. These include Sustainable Tourism Online (www.sustainabletourismonline.com) (STO), the not-for-profit EarthCheck Research Institute (ERI) and the APEC International Centre for Sustainable Tourism. The ERI’s focus is on scientific research, education and capacity building to solve real-world challenges.
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Find out more about ERI
Legal implications of the NFP Governance Standards
On 1 March 2013, the new Regulations were made under the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission Act 2012 (ACNC Act). To become and remain registered a charity must comply with the Governance Standards set out in the Regulations.
Piper Alderman has released a paper to set out the legal implications for charities of various kinds (companies limited by guarantee, incorporated associations and charitable trusts) in order to identify actions that a registered charity will need to take to comply with the new standards.
Read the paper
Contact Piper Alderman
Small business regulation – have your say
The Productivity Commission is conducting an inquiry into the relationship between small businesses and regulators. The inquiry is trying to identify the most common problems small businesses face with regulators and also the practices that are most helpful to small business in understanding and meeting their regulatory obligations.
CPR have worked with the Council of Small Business of Australia (COSBOA) and the Productivity Commission to create an online questionnaire to explore some of these issues. It is a 5-15 minute exercise and will be used to develop a report to be fed directly into the process. Hopefully, the Productivity Commission report will result in policy and regulatory changes and changed practices by regulators that will have a real and positive impact on small businesses.
If you would like the opportunity to have a say about regulation and have an impact on the consultation process you can access the questionnaire here. The survey is open for two weeks.