Real elephant in the room is the loss of science’s credibility – Opinion – Editorial – General – The Canberra Times

7 February 2012

The idea of introducing elephants to Australia for the purpose of managing gamba grass is just as dumb as it sounds. It will never happen, but it’s provoked a bunch of media attention for a day. via www.canberratimes.com.au  Read More...

New industrial transformation research program a most welcome addition to the innovation system

2 February 2012

I’m not sure how much attention the Australian Research Council’s new Industrial Transformation Research Program has received. The Prime Minister and previous Innovation Minister made the announcement in December 2011 as a new component of the ARC Linkage Program. It consists of Industrial Transformation Research Hubs and Industrial Transformation Training Centres.  Read More...

Revitalised Science Council – what does it mean?

23 January 2012

Changes have been announced to the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. Briefly, PMSEIC becomes smaller; meets more often; has a budget to commission investigations through the Australian Council of Learned Academies and its terms of reference have been altered to make it take a more strategic approach to Australia’s science, engineering and innovation. PMSEIC now has the ability to look at shorter-term issues. There has been a mixed reaction to the changes. Science and Technology Australia expressed concern at losing its position on the Council, while the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering welcomed the changes. In my view, the changes are unequivocally good.  Read More...

Are we crap at University-Industry collaboration, or do we just think we are?

19 January 2012

Is there any university that has a Strategic Plan that doesn’t say it will become more engaged with industry? Of course, stating an aspiration in a Strategic Plan doesn’t mean anything happens. Especially in a university, where the culture means many employees have a greater chance of finding the Higgs boson particle than the organisation’s Strategic Plan (and a good thing too).  Read More...

Four nights in, I think I love my Lark

18 January 2012

My sleep is like my kid’s report cards. “Not bad, but a lot of room for improvement”. That improvement is on it’s way. Over the past few nights, my sleep quality is OK but my total sleep time, my number of awakenings in the night and my time to get to sleep could all be improved. How do I know? I just bought an “unalarm” Lark in the Apple Store and so far, it’s impressing me a lot.  Read More...

Five things I want someone to invent

11 January 2012

A fresh new year and a fresh new blog to do some commentary on innovation, inventions, collaborations and other things that come to mind. In Australia, people are slowly drifting back from summer holidays, so that might influence this list. Some of these things might already exist of course.  Read More...

CRCs – Selection Rounds

11 January 2012

On 9 December 2011 the priorities for the 15th selection round were announced as social innovation, sustainable regional communities and clean manufacturing. Applications addressing other national priorities are also welcome. via www.crc.gov.au Comments from Tony Peacock: About $100 million in funding from the Commonwealth will be committed in this round.  Read More...