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CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton presenting at the Shine Dome. Photo: Australian Academy of Science.

CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton presenting at the Shine Dome. Photo: Australian Academy of Science.
CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton presenting at the Shine Dome. Photo: Australian Academy of Science.

Comings and goings at the CRC

April and May have been very busy times for the CRC with many activities occurring. We have attended and presented at the following conference or partner events:

  • Research Advisory Forum in Sydney
  • Diversity in disaster conference in Melbourne
  • CRC Association conference in Sydney
  • QFES strategy workshop in Brisbane
  • Research briefing to ACT stakeholders in Canberra
  • NSW Rural Fire Service Australian Community Engagement and Fire Awareness Conference in Coffs Harbour
  • Australian and New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference at the Gold Coast
  • Breakfast briefing to the Parliamentary Friends of Science in Parliament House, Canberra
  • Science at the Shine Dome in partnership with the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra

There is more to come in the next few weeks too, including:

  • the Floodplain Management Conference at the Gold Coast 
  • Australasian Natural Hazards Management and Emergency Management conference in Wellington New Zealand
  • A research workshop in Wellington in NZ
  • The Emergency Media and Public Affairs conference in Melbourne.

Our formal independent review has also been completed, from 9-11 May, and we have also held Board Research and Utilisation committee and Audit and Compliance committee meetings, as well as a Board meeting in Canberra.

The final report of the independent review is now on our website here. Pleasingly, we received a good review on the quality of our research, our research utilisation activities and governance processes. The independent panel has provided some recommendations that will help the CRC in the coming years, and also suggestions around the transition beyond the current CRC programme funding period. We will develop a plan to address the recommendations and discuss this with the Board at its next meeting in August.

We have also welcomed a new staff member, Kelsey Tarabini. She will be working with the research utilisation team to help ensure our research is used as effectively as possible.

We will also, sadly, be saying goodbye to Amelia Dell, who has been on placement from her undergraduate studies at the University of Coventry in the UK since last August. Amelia is returning to complete her studies and the CRC wishes her well -  it has been great having her in the office. 

Finally, it was great to see one of the former Bushfire CRC project leaders, Prof Alan Andersen, be inducted into the Australian Academy of Science as a Fellow this week. This is one of the highest recognitions for a scientist in Australia and we congratulate Alan for this great achievement.

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2018
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Dr Richard Thornton Comings and goings at the CRC
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Dr Richard Thornton Independent performance review of the CRC communication, emergency management, multi-hazard
2017
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Dr Richard Thornton Thank you for the hard work and activity emergency management, land management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Demonstrating impact vital emergency management, land management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Uptake from partners evident at conference communication, emergency management, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Halfway to delivering to the country emergency management, mitigation, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton International insight into fire protection communities, engineering, fire impacts
Dr Richard Thornton Welcome to new staff and great events
Dr Richard Thornton 25 years of rural fire research in New Zealand fire, prescribed burning
Dr Richard Thornton Community at the top of the list all over the world emergency management, land management, prescribed burning
2016
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Dr Richard Thornton A new research agenda coastal, governance, recovery
Dr Richard Thornton Still busy at the CRC emergency management, fire severity, prescribed burning
Dr Richard Thornton Conference highlights key issues for the sector cyclone, mitigation, multi-hazard
Dr Richard Thornton Three years on and the view turns to research use emergency management, land management
Dr Richard Thornton The RAF, the future and outreach emergency management, land management
Dr Richard Thornton An interesting week in Malaysia emergency management, flood, tropical
Dr Richard Thornton Inconvenient truth about disaster mitigation fuel reduction, mitigation, policy
Dr Richard Thornton Research must advance to keep us safe from natural hazards communication, communities, emergency management
2015
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Dr Richard Thornton End of 2015 - the start of delivery
Dr Richard Thornton Insights from South Korea fire
Dr Richard Thornton Annual conference and new MoU
Dr Richard Thornton Happy second birthday to the CRC
Dr Richard Thornton CRC Program Review and New National Research Priorities
Dr Richard Thornton Important work on the national stage
Dr Richard Thornton It may feel like a quiet season, but don't get complacent communities, policy, risk management
Dr Richard Thornton Natural hazards—a wicked problem emergency management, multi-hazard, risk management
2014
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Dr Richard Thornton Portugal conference and end of 2014
Dr Richard Thornton We need your help and support - CRC Program Review
Dr Richard Thornton Wow – what a week!
Dr Richard Thornton Addition of natural hazards to bushfire - a seemingly simple task?
Dr Richard Thornton Strategic and policy landscape
Dr Richard Thornton One year on
Dr Richard Thornton Back at work
Dr Richard Thornton It was just a year ago…
Dr Richard Thornton Thank you - now let's get started
2013
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