Excellence in Innovation Award Winners: The Pathfinders Conference 2010 (Alice Springs)

Teams developing Australia’s cochlear implant and pioneering an aquaculture industry based on southern bluefin tuna were among the winners of the 2010 Awards for Excellence in Innovation, presented by Warren Snowdon, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery. A process for making better aluminum ingots and a community guide to Aboriginal knowledge and intellectual property protocols were other winners. The awards were presented at the Pathfinders 2010 Challenge and Change Conference at Alice Springs.

Hearing CRC 2010 winnersRepresentatives from the HEARing CRC with Mr Michael Hartmann (CRCA CEO), The Hon Tony Staley AO (CRCA Chair) and The Hon Warren Snowdon (Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery).

The HEARing CRC won an award for its role in the development of the Cochlear Hybrid System. The system extends greatly the number of people who can benefit from cochlear implant technology, previously limited to patients with complete hearing loss.

Seafood CRC 2010 winnersRepresentatives from the Australian Seafood CRC

The Australian Seafood CRC was presented with an award for research that has set the scene for growth of a sustainable tuna aquaculture industry. The breeding and rearing of the prized southern bluefin tuna in hatcheries will reduce or eliminate the dependence on fragile wild stocks.

CAST CRC Winners 2010Representatives from the CAST CRC with Mr Michael Hartmann (CRCA CEO), The Hon Tony Staley AO (CRCA Chair) and The Hon Warren Snowdon (Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery).

The CAST CRC won an award for new moulds and filling systems for making aluminium ingots. The technology, which is being used in Australian smelters and exported, clears the way for the production of high quality aluminium more cheaply, efficiently and safely.

Desert Knowledge CRC 2010 winnersPictured (l to r): Paul Wand (DKCRC Chair), Jan Ferguson (DKCRC Managing Director), Glenise Coulthard (DKCRC Board member), Waltja representatives Kate Lawrence, Wendy Nungarrayi Brown (Yuendumu) and Alma Granites (Yuendumu), Michael Hartman (CRCA CEO), Harold Furber (DKCRC Board member), The Hon Warren Snowden MP (Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery), Stuart Brash (ABC announcer), The Hon Tony Staley AO (CRCA Chair).

The Desert Knowledge CRC won an award for its Community Guide to Aboriginal Knowledge and Intellectual Property Protocols. The guide is designed to help Aboriginal people and communities collaborating with researchers.