Another Member for the CRCA
Piper Alderman is already a well-known name in the CRC community and now they are an Affliate member of the CRC Association. With offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide and more than 160 lawyers on staff, Piper Alderman can provide a full suite of services and advice.
Jerry de la Harpe can provide you with information on expertise within Piper Alderman.
CRCA Conference News — Super Earlybird registration rates closing in TWO weeks!
Don’t miss out on saving $150 off the standard registration rate! This offer must strictly end in two weeks. For more information on registering for the CRCA Collaborate Innovate 2013 Conference, please click here.
CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS:The theme Impact through Collaboration will facilitate numerous conversations around the important and challenging internal and global issues we face today. These intensive role-based workshops are intended to allow delegates to meet with their CRC peers to focus on internal CRC Program challenges and to share information and experience across CRCs.
Delegates can register to attend Conference workshops being held on Wednesday 15 May 2013:
12:30pm – 3:30pm Chairs/CEOs Workshop
12:30pm – 3:30pm Business Managers Workshop
12:30pm – 3:30pm Education/Research Program Managers Workshop
12:30pm – 3:30pm Communication Managers Workshop
NEW WORKSHOPS ANNOUNCED:
Innovativity Workshop – No extra charge
Master Entrepreneur Workshop – $250.00
SOCIAL FUNCTION UPDATE: There are only 15 Wine Tasting Event tickets available – register now to save your place.
Stay tuned for program updates being released soon.
Bushfire CRC researchers on the ground in fire-affected areas of Tasmania
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Canberra bushfires, and since 2003, the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre has guided the fire agencies across Australia and New Zealand in their knowledge, understanding, and application of fire science. Examples include more cost efficient aircraft, better volunteer management, greater community safety, better prescribed fire management, increased house and vehicle safety, more effective smoke management, increased understanding of fire behaviour, new grassland curing tools, better prediction of fire spread and improved management of our critical biodiversity.
The Bushfire CRC has also created national bushfire arson prevention products, improved firefighter health and safety, influenced decision making under stress, improved management of fire in the high country and embedded research into evidence-based policy.
At the request of the Tasmania Fire Service, the Bushfire CRC has begun to assemble an independent research task force to investigate community preparedness. Bushfire CRC researchers from partner Universities – Tasmania, La Trobe, Western Australia, Murdoch and RMIT, will be on the ground in fire-affected areas of Tasmania this week. Researchers will be speaking with residents affected, as well as tourists, about their experiences. The focus will be on knowledge of bushfire risk, bushfire preparation, actions of those affected, and what warnings they received. This research is of national significance. The data gathered will inform not just the residents of Tasmania and the Tasmania Fire Service, but communities and fire agencies across Australia and New Zealand.
The vital research that follows major fires has only been possible through the national collaborative approach taken by the Bushfire CRC since its formation 10 years ago.
Read the Bushfire CRC press release
Research to increase money market confidence
The Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) was instrumental in establishing the Financial Markets Research Centre (FMRC) opened recently. The FMRC is an independent centre that will carry out market research to improve understanding and information about Australian equity and futures markets.
The FMRC was opened by the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans. "The CMCRC is a great example of how the CRC program works across a range of disciplines to produce world-class outcomes and applications for the Australian economy," Senator Evans said.
The FMRC has received seed funding from the ASX and is housed with the CMCRC in Sydney.
Launch of CRC for Low Carbon Living
The CRC for Low Carbon Living was successfully launched by Senator the Hon Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research in December.
Read the news
Climate change and Antarctic food webs
A new dataset that highlights the dependence of algae on Antarctic sea ice will help scientists predict future food security for Southern Ocean herbivores such as krill.
Scientists at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems (ACE) Cooperative Research Centre led an international effort to compile a circum-Antarctic biomass database drawn from 32 international research voyages between 1983 and 2008.
This research comes as climate change predictions made in 1990 have been shown to be largely on track. “Twenty years after the 1990 prediction, we see it’s not perfectly accurate — it’s about a 0.4 degree rise instead of a 0.55 degree rise — but it’s still statistically significantly above zero,” said Stuart Corney, a Climate Systems Modeller at the ACE CRC at the University of Tasmania, in an interview with The Conversation.
Read more about algae and Antarctic sea ice
Read The Conversation article
Bandaging key to wound care
Researchers are making great improvements in treatment of hard-to-heal wounds, a problem that costs the nation up to $3 billion a year. Stephen Prowse, the head of the Wound Management Innovation Cooperative Research Centre, believes these types of wounds are becoming a huge problem for the health system.
"We estimate that in Australia there are around 400,000 or so people at any one time with a complex difficult to heal wound," Prowse explained. "That translates into a cost of around $2 billion to $3 billion a year, so we are talking about something like 2 per cent of the national health budget goes on the care and management of these difficult-to-heal wounds."
Wound Management CRC is currently working with the Australian Wound Management Association to collect national data to ensure that it is recognised in a way that acknowledges the magnitude of the problem at hand.
Read the full article