The Western Australian Government has announced the recipients of this year's WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

State Science and Innovation Minister John Day said a tablet that mimics insulin for diabetics; an underwater simulator to test subsea pipelines; a sensor to predict mechanical failure before it happens; a safety device to stop falls at high levels; and a system that detects unusual events in CCTV recordings, won top accolades at the 2011 WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

The WA Innovator of the Year for 2011 was Intium Energy Ltd (West Perth) for its Conveyor Roller Monitoring Sensor.

A new research centre that focuses on the Earth’s water cycle and deep Earth dynamics will be officially opened by the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Professor Margaret Sheil.

The University of Adelaide’s Professor Peter Langridge has been named South Australia’s 2011 Scientist of the Year.

The Australian Institute for Policy and Science has announced the winners of the 2011 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for NSW.

The Federal Government has announced a $6 million research project, to be headed by the University of Ballarat, to conduct a study into the issues facing regional and rural Australia.

The University of Queensland has announced plans to establish a new centre of excellence within the Sustainable Minerals Institute for research and education into coal seam gas.

The Federal Government has officially opened the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), which will support cross-disciplinary research, addressing national and global challenges by researching and prototyping new materials.

The CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) have announced the co-development of a new research ‘Supersite’.

A team of researchers at the Centenary Institute has led a breakthrough in prostate cancer research after discovering how to cut off the ‘food supply’ to prostate cancer cells.

The Western Australian Government has announced the finalists for the 2011 Western Australian Science Awards, marking the awards’ 20th year.

The University of Technology Sydney has launched its $1.2 million nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) device that will assist researchers in better understanding diseases states such as cancer.

The Federal Government has unveiled $310 million in funding though Australian Research Council Major Grants, supporting more than 1000 research projects due to begin in 2012.

A University of Adelaide PhD student who is working on a new treatment for babies and toddlers who are severely burned has won the 2011 Young Investigator of the Year for South Australia.

Victoria's newest cancer research and treatment node, the Monash Comprehensive Cancer Consortium (MCCC), which services the estimated 30 per cent of the state's cancer patients living in Melbourne's south-east corridor, has launched a website providing information on its programs, including clinical trials.

RMIT University has signed a $2 million international research deal that will see collaborative research into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) conducted with Chinese partners.

Marine scientist John Gunn has been announced as the new CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS).

The University of Sydney’s research into sustainable agriculture has been ‘given a huge boost’ following the announcement of a major bequest to the university.

Collaborative research projects between the University of Queensland and the University of Western Australia have received a total of more than $425,000 in the second round of UQ-UWA Bilateratl Research Collaboration Awards funding.

Professor Margaret Sheil, CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC), has announced the appointment of the Research Evaluation Committee Chairs for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initative for 2012.

The Western Australian Node of the Monash University-led Cities as Water Supply Catchments Research Program has been launched in Perth as a co-operative initiative between the University of Western Australia and Monash University.

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