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24 April 2013
CRCs are involved in research across many industries in Australia

Early Career Researchers to shine at CRCA conference

The panel selecting the finalists in Showcasing Early Career Researchers 2013 were delighted with the entries, so the final presentations will be a highlight of Collaborate | Innovate | 2013.

This year, for the first time, entrants were asked to submit a 30-second video demonstrating that they could convey the aim of their research clearly and effectively.  Fifty-one video entries were received and from those, six finalists were chosen to attend the CRC Association conference and give a five-minute oral presentation about their research. 

The finalists are
Ms Helen Glyde, The HEARing CRC
Miss Caroline Le, CRC for Cancer Therapeutics
Dr Anita Parbhakar-Fox, CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction
Ms Mika Peace, CRC for Bushfire
Dr Nathan Quadros, CRC for Spatial Information
Ms Monique Topp, CRC for Cancer Therapeutics

One of the six finalists will be selected as the overall winner by an audience vote at the conference.

Showcasing Early Career Researchers is sponsored by CSIRO.

Read more about the finalists and view their video entries.

Register for Collaborate | Innovate | 2013 to see the best of Early Career Researchers.


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.

Read the full story

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 ( (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.

Read the story

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.

collaborate innovate 2013

May 15-17 2013
The CRCA's Annual Conference

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre


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
  • 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.


1 May 2013

Seafood Marketing CRAM conference

16-17 May 2013

The Bio21 Cluster Stem Cells Symposium: Therapeutic Potential of Stem Cells: Prospects and Pitfalls

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 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

John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) has funding available for up to 6 fellowships commencing in 2014. To be eligible for consideration, the project must be for research in areas that align with the SIEF Purpose and Strategic Objectives. The project must align with the research priorities and strategic direction of all the collaborating organisations.

The proposal, which must be submitted via the University Research Office (or equivalent), will identify the eligible candidate, the proposed project, lead supervisor and any other collaborating partners. The deadline for applications is 5pm AEST Monday 12 August 2013.

Apply now

Innovativity programs

30 April- 2 May 2013
28-30 May


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


Members of the Cooperative Research Centres Association

CRC for Aboriginal and
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AutoCRC CRC for Advanced
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Advanced Manufacturing CRC Australian Seafood CRC CRC for Low Carbon Living
Antarctic Climate &
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Deep Exploration
Technologies CRC
CRC for Biomarker
Bushfire CRC Cancer Therapeutics CRC Capital Markets CRC
Smart Services CRC CO2CRC CRCMining
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Industries CRC
CRC for Contamination
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of the Environment (CARE)
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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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