A joint research paper published in the Nature Climate Change journal has found that the world’s corals and coral reefs face severe degredation if global-mean temperate rise two degrees or more above pre-industrial levels.

CSIRO and Chile’s Ministry of Mining have signed an agreement to improve education, safety and technology development in the mining and minerals sector.

The University of Tasmania has been awarded two projects worth more than $2 million to establish new computing and modelling facilities that will revolutionise the capability of scientists to undertake computational studies.


Business spending on research and experimental development (R&D) reached $17.9 billion in 2010-11, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), an increase of 7% from the previous year.

The University of Queensland (UQ) has signed a five-year, $1.25 million industry partnership alliance with global miner Vale to build a hub of geomicrobiological knowledge.

The Director of Antarctic Tasmania and Science Research Development, Denzil Miller has called for  comment on a draft of the Tasmanian science research sector development strategy.

Dr Phil Diamond, Chief of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, has been appointed director general of the SKA Organisation that will oversee the construction and operation of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.

A partnership between the University of Adelaide, the City of Playford and the South Australian Government has received Federal funding of $11.3 million to support the establishment of the $15.3 million Stretton Centre.

The Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, has announced two new programs as part of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF.

Nineteen of Australia's top scientists, science educators and science communicators have been recognised in the 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

The Federal Government will provide funding for projects across Australia to create integrated aged care teaching centres.

 The Group of Eight has issued a statement responding to reports that the future of Australian research and innovation is under threat following the Government’s freeze on grants. The Australian reported last week that the Government plans to put on hold grants worth $2 billion in total in an effort to save a marginal Budget surplus.

The Victorian Government has launched a new $8 million Technology Voucher funding program that will encourage the uptake of new technologies.

Renowned water scientist Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed director of Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.


Dr Vertessy, who was appointed Deputy Director of the Bureau (Climate and Water) in 2007, has been acting as Director since December last year.


After a career spanning more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher, Dr Vertessy joined the Bureau in 2007 and led the expansion of the Bureau’s role in providing the hydrological information central to the delivery of national water reform.

The New South Wales Minister for Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, has announced the establishment of the Medical Devices Fund and called for applications to support the development and commercialisation of medical devices in NSW.

The University of New England has won a $6 million AusAID grant to set up a National Research Centre for Teacher Quality in the Philippines.

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet has officially opened the Tyree Energy Technologies Building, UNSW's new home for energy research.

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