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Chief Executive Officer
Mar
19

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Discussing research on a prescribed burn.
Discussing research on a prescribed burn.

Interest high and utilisation focus

Firstly, I would like to welcome Amy Mulder to the CRC team - Amy has taken over the events role from Vaia Smirneos who has gone on maternity leave for the next year. We wish Vaia all the best for the coming months and hope you all welcome Amy to her role.

The CRC is a very busy place at the moment with many requests for presentations and demonstrations of the works we have been doing. It is a great situation to be in and is testament to the work we are doing and the interest we are creating.

As I wrote about last month, the CRC office is in the middle of preparations for the independent review, with lots of things happening behind the scenes. This includes a recent review of our research quality, undertaken by our International Science Advisory Panel. The outcome was a strong one, with the results to be added to the material that the review panel will examine in May. 

The CRC Board met two weeks ago and discussed at length our research utilisation plans and strategies to ensure that we are maximising the resources and opportunities to embed our research into operations, practice and policy. Research utilisation has always been a high priority for the Board, but the focus will also get stronger from now on as we approach the end of the CRC’s initial funding period.

Another topic of discussion at the Board meeting was the development of the strategies for the ongoing operation and funding for the centre beyond 2021. The plans are beginning to take shape and I will be talking to stakeholders about options and directions over the coming months. Needless to say the CRC is committed to maintaining the capability and capacity to conduct research to deliver the evidence and knowledge base to underpin a more disaster resilient Australia and New Zealand.

We have the Research Advisory Forum coming up soon, on April 12 and 13 at NSW RFS in Sydney. This is a critical opportunity for our partners to get a better understanding of where our research is heading and to help to inform how it can be used. This time round the focus will be on the resilience and policy aspects of the CRC’s work. The agenda and registration details can be found here. If you are from one of our partner organisations attendance is free, to get the discount code please contact Amy.Mulder@bnhcrc.com.au 

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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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2013
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