[ASC-media] Media Release - Latest CRC Highlights Booklet

Anne Campbell crca at crca.asn.au
Tue Nov 25 10:14:00 EST 2003

Cooperative Research Centres Association Inc

Media Release - Latest Highlights Booklet

CRCs – Connecting Communities

Recent Highlights from the Cooperative Research Centres Program 

The CRC Association has just released its latest booklet "CRCs- Connecting Communities" which highlights ongoing achievements delivered over the last year for the benefit of Australia, from a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) in the CRC Program.

The projects were all entries for the Awards for Excellence in Innovation, given at the CRC Association’s Annual Conference in Canberra, in May this year.   There were three winning entries, including one focussed on Education.

In releasing the booklet, the CRC Association’s Executive Committee noted the winners as good examples of the contribution to the Australian economy from the CRC Program. 

* The CRC for Cattle & Beef Quality is benefiting farmers by improving the international market for Australian beef by identifying genetic factors to guarantee tenderness of meat

* The CRC for Cochlear Implant & Hearing Aid Innovation has developed a signal processing software that automatically adapts sound level and quality to suit the individual user of cochlear implants or hearing aids 

* The CRC for Sensor Signal & Information Processing has responded to industry needs by developing and delivering an on-line Master’s program in Mathematical sciences drawing together expertise from five Australian universities and international lecturers.

 Other achievements featured further emphasise the diverse nature of CRC outcomes which deliver economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia.  These include:
* Development of the Alert Levels Framework to help water operators manage algal blooms 
* Helping to keep waterways clean with MUSIC – a decision support tool to predict the performance of different environmentally friendly ways to remove pollutants from urban stormwater.
* Better sight for thousands through the establishment of the International Centre for Eyecare Education (ICEE) to tackle preventable blindness (from refractive error) through provision of eyecare, training programs and infrastructure. 
* Helping Cotton growers to identify and manage weeds with WEEDpak and so reduce their production costs.
* A geneEducation program to foster debate to create a community more informed about the ethical, social and legal questions arising from the recent advances in human genetic research.

These projects show how CRCs are helping to deliver innovation for Australia by bringing together researchers with the users of the research, to ensure that the research is well focused and taken up and used. 

The value of our CRC trained post-graduate students has also been recognized with the inclusion of stories about the work of the eight finalists who took part in a Conference session "Showcasing CRC Post-graduate students" sponsored by CSIRO.

For interview: Dr Robert Cowan, Deputy Chair, CRC A, 03 9667 7539/7508 
For Information & free booklets: Dr Anne Campbell, CRC A Executive Manager, 02 6270 6524


Dr Anne Campbell
Executive Manager
CRC Association Inc  (ABN 42 892 101 689)
Engineering House, 11 National Circuit, BARTON ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6270 6524 Fax: 02 6273 1218
Email: crca at crca.asn.au Web: http://www.crca.asn.au

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