Archived News for Research Sector Professionals - March, 2011
The Chief Executive of the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has endorsed Professor Ross Garnaut’s recommendations on innovation and low emission technologies.
“As Professor Garnaut says, much greater investment in low emission R&D is needed to effectively tackle climate change, actually saving us money down the track,” said Dr Peter Cook, CO2CRC Chief Executive.
“If we are going to produce real cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way then we need new and improved low emission technologies and that will need investment on a scale such as that proposed by Professor Garnaut.”
Marine researchers from four Australian research agencies have pooled their skills to compile a definitive directory of Australia's continental shelf marine life.
A new Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) has been launched in Melbourne with the focus on innovation in energy efficient networks and telecommunications infrastructure with the aim to reduce the industry's impact on the environment.
The Queensland Government has signed a new three-year science and technology partnership agreement with China. The new agreement continues a research agreement that was first established in 2008.
A new paper released by Professor Ross Garnaut as part of his Climate Change Review for the Australian Government has called for increased public funding for innovation in low-emissions technologies under a new scheme to be administered by an independent authority.
Fears that the Australian Government is planning to cut $400 million from National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) budget over three years have resulted in an open letter from research groups calling for funding to be maintained and a review of health and medical research to be undertaken.
A new online patent access system will enable IP offices in Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom to share a digital library of patent search and examination reports.
Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science and CSIRO have held a three-day scientific forum in Canberra to discuss future research collaborations with a focus on the world's major food crops, such as wheat, rice and corn.
Staff at CSIRO are continuing a series of rolling strikes in support of their demands for a 4.6 per cent pay increase and changes to employment conditions.
Sixteen health and medical research projects will receive a total of $14 million in funding through the NHMRC’s Partnerships for Better Health – Projects (Partnership Projects) scheme.
The Australian Academy of Science (AAS) and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences (ATSE) and Engineering have both expressed concerns that proposed changes to the gene patents legislation could stifle research and limit availability of effective new drugs for the treatment of diseases such as cancer.
The Federal Government has accepted the recommendations of the Clinical Trials Action Group report and will introduce changes intended to increase pharmaceutical research and development and improve the clinical trials approval process.
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has taken steps to promote women's roles in technological sciences and engineering – both within the Academy and nationally.
Partnerships between Government, industry, academia, unions and small business have been demonstrated in a new report from the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.
The Australian Academy of Science has congratulated three Fellows for winning a combined total of more than $54 million in prestigious five year National Health and Medical Research Council Program Grants, to continue their vital work in medical research.
A new computing facility called MASSIVE – or Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment – is the latest tool in the fight against serious and life-threatening illnesses including lung disease, diabetes, AIDS and cancer.