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Cooperative Research News 8 May 2012
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Science Does Well

Commitment to innovation maintained 

The Federal Government has avoided cuts to Science and Technology in a tough Budget delivered tonight in Canberra. 

University research has done well with a boost to the SRE. The ARC and NH&MRC have received increments in funding. The Cooperative Research Centres Program continues to drop for two years to a low of $
146 million but then builds to $168 million in the last year of the forward estimates. The Collaborative Research Networks are restored to around $20 million following last year's cuts. New money becomes available in clean technology program as a result of the Clean Energy futures program.

"A big sigh of relief and a vote of congratulations to Minister Evans, quite frankly" was the reaction from CRC Association CEO, Professor Tony Peacock.

"We didn't get a boost to the CRC Program as we'd asked for" said Prof. Peacock "But the science and research budget has been preserved in a budget where many areas were cut, so that's a good outcome".

"My understanding is that the Prime Minister really recognises the importance of science and innovation and Minister Evans was able to hold the line in a tough situation. Look at the overall picture: we are in the midst of two major reviews of research by Simon McKeon and Ian Chubb and every area of expenditure was under intense scrutiny. Under those circumstances, this results augers well for the future."

"Research and innovation are critical to Australia's future productivity and prosperity.  We've seen significant changes at the way the Government is looking at science through the recent PMSEIC changes. Later this year, the Chief Scientist will provide a report to the PM including a national R&D Plan and then we'll see the biggest review of health research in many years come down. I interpret all these developments as confirming that innovation is squarely on the National agenda".

"Obviously we would like to see further support for end-user driven research like CRCs - the 2014 CRC program budget is after all $60 million lower than 2006's. But with the overall science and innovation budget intact or growing, we have a good base to continue to press our case" said Prof. Peacock.

Minister Evans will give a speech at Collaborate | Innovate | 2012 in Adelaide next Wednesday 16 May. Simon McKeon will deliver the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society and Chief Scientist, Ian Chubb will speak on "What Australia Wants" in science. There is still time to register to attend this important event.

Prof. Peacock will speak on the innovation budget outcomes around 10.15 Wednesday morning on
666 ABC Canberra, following the Finance Minister, Penny Wong.


Randy Olson in Sydney, Adelaide & Canberra

Scientist-turned-filmmaker Randy Olson will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2012 next week. But you can also see him for free in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. All these events are free, but you need to register – click on the event title to go to registration.

12 May Macquarie University: Sizzle

Macquarie University presents Sizzle: a Global Warming Comedy, a film about global warming. After the film, Randy will join a panel discussion: Talking substance in an age of style. He will talk about science communication, skeptics and the role of filmmaking and humour in climate change.

14 May University of Sydney. A Flock of Dodos

Film screening, discussion and Q&A on intelligent design and evolution with Professor Paul Griffiths,University of Sydney and Professor of Philosophy of Science, ESRC Centre for Genomics in Society, University of Exeter. Professor Ben Oldroyd,  School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney and Dr Steven Orzack, biologist and Senior Research Scientist at the Fresh Pond Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Currently a visiting fellow at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.

15 May RiAus Adelaide: Telling Science Stories

Join us as Randy shares his stories and passions about filmmaking and some of the challenges of representing science for popular culture.

18 May ANU Canberra: Sizzle

Thanks so much to the ANU's Centre for the Public Awareness of Science who have supported Randy's tour. Qantas have been generous with flights. Please take advantage of their generosity and attend one of these free events.

Debate @ Collaborate | Innovate 

At the end of the first day of our Conference next Tuesday, we will be celebrating Australian Year of the Farmer with a debate on the topic Innovation in agriculture has led to fast food. It’s time to slow down. Speaking for the topic will be Andre Ursini, Chef, Dr Rosemary Stanton, Nutritionist and Sophie Thomson, Gardening presenter. Against the topic will be Professor Rob Lewis, Research manager, Dr Kristin Alford, Futurist and Philip Bruem AM, Farmer and Chairman of Australian Year of the Farmer. Dr Paul Willis the Director of the Royal Institution of Australia will moderate the debate.

If you have friends in Adelaide, they can join us for this event by registering here. Anyone registered for the Conference already has a place, so please don't register twice.


Networking After
Debate @ Collaborate | Innovate

Following the debate, those registered for the Conference will have a Welcome Function for an hour and then you have a choice:
  1. Science stories with Randy Olson. Head up to the Science Exchange and chat about effective communications. You should register for this event above. Conference goers are NOT automatically registered for this one.
  2. Networking Dinners. We have arranged for two restuarants within walking distance of the National Wine Centre to take groups from the Conference. At Andre's cucino and Polenta Bar you can have a banquet cooked by debate participant and Masterchef celebrity Andre Ursini. The cost will be $55 per head and Andre says come hungry. If you are not so hungry or prefer to choose your own, the Tivoli Hotel, will have tables set up for us and you can choose from the a la carte menu. Please write your name on the list for each restaurant at the registration desk - places are limited.
  3. Own choice - you might want to turn in early so that you are bright and alert to hear Minister Chris Evans speak at 8.30am on Wednesday 16th. We ask that all attendees get back to the National Wine Centre early for the Minister's speech, which will be followed by Simon McKeon giving the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society.

Innovation Thoughts

The brutal truth about innovation — guest blog by Rowan Gilmore.

A million words of advice on medical research — Tony Peacock


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May 15-17, 2012,  Adelaide.

Collaborate | Innovate | 2012 

The CRCA Annual Conference at the National Wine Centre.

Follow the conference @collab_innovate


The Lowitja Institute 2012 National Conference on CQI in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care: 

Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May 2012, Alice Springs Convention Centre, 


13-14 September 

Camera Trapping Colloquium in Wildlife Management and Research

23-28 September

28th Congress of the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences.

9-10 October 

The Scramble for Natural Resources:
More food, less land?

The 2012 Crawford Fund 2012 development conference.


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