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Talking research at the 2017 Perth Research Advisory Forum.
Talking research at the 2017 Perth Research Advisory Forum.

Welcome to new staff and great events

It is a great pleasure to welcome on board two new staff to the CRC office. Firstly, Sarah Mizzi joined our team as Partnership Development Manager. Her role is to develop those critical relationships needed to underpin our future beyond the initial CRC Program funding. She will also be working on the contract research portfolio development. Sarah reports to me, and will be working closely with the Research Director (Michael Rumsewicz) and the Communications Manager (David Bruce). Her first challenge has been to pull together a coalition of partners for research post cyclone Debbie in Queensland and New South Wales.

Also, joining the team is David Boxshall as Research Program Support Officer. David will be working in the Research Management team, to ensure we manage the delivery of our core research on time and on budget. He will be reporting to Desiree Beekharry.

The last few weeks have highlighted some of the core strengths of the CRC. We held our Research Advisory Forum in Perth at the start of the month, an event that surpassed our expectations in terms of attendance, with more than 120 people registered over the two days. Most of these were our end-users partners, which is encouraging. There were many great presentations, but the most positive aspect is the discussions in the workshops and breaks. The general feedback was that the CRC is delivering great outcomes to the emergency management industry. There was also enthusiasm for the new research projects, with many people indicating that they want to be end-users for these projects.

We are now gearing up towards our Showcase - Research Driving Change event in July. This will mark the half way point in our CRC program funded journey, and showcase all the important outputs and developments the CRC has created since its start, as well as provide an opportunity for our broader end-user and stakeholder community to engage in the next stage of the research utilisation. The event will highlight where our research has been used to change the way in which the community is protected from natural hazards. Registrations are open now, get in early to secure your place. 

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