April 2014 Edition: Research Advisory Forum roundup
Projects take shape with three days of discussion
In this first edition of the BNHCRC Hazard News we bring you news from our first Research Forum in Adelaide, some profiles of research projects, and a selection of blogs from CRC people.
In the first field activity for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, our researchers joined with Bushfire CRC colleagues to conduct community-based research in New South Wales following the October bushfires.
Teams are now preparing similar research visits to communties impacted by the January fires in South Australia and Western Australia.
A team of researchers is set to find out how people assess the risks of an unfolding natural disaster and use that to decide on their response to events like cyclones and bushfires.
Well, the first major research event of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC has taken place in Adelaide, our first Research Advisory Forum. The three day gathering of all of our partners, project leaders and end users enabled us to start building the personal and professional relationships that will be essential to the long term success of the CRC.
[Transcript from the launch of the BNH CRC, 10 December 2013 at Parliament House, Canberra]
This launch marks the culmination of 10 months of very intense activity to bring this organisation into being. It was born of the decision that Australia needed a continuing and expanded scope of capacity to do research into bushfires and natural hazards.
[Transcript from launch of the BNH CRC on 10 December 2013, Parliament House, Canberra]
Doing research with the CRC is an exciting prospect for university researchers. Universities are very much focussed publicly on category 1 research funding. This is incredibly valuable research and supports the Australian community. But the research funded by the CRCs, because of its end-user driven nature, is incredibly important and incredibly rewarding for the researchers.