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Editorial Vision Will Prevail

By Alan Finkel

We’re awash with information, but good editorial teams can inform and amuse you better than any automated keyword search.

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Water Recycling: It’s Time to Go “Direct”

By Jurg Keller

Water supply and wastewater systems are kept separate, but a report into water recycling finds this is no longer the best option.

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No More Studies: It’s Time for STEM Action

By Mike Miller

The STEM situation is desperate and needs to be addressed as a high priority.

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Nuclear Energy Has a Future in Australia

By John Söderbaum

Australia has compelling reasons to debate the use of nuclear energy as a power source.

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Heal our Commercialisation Gap

By David Brockway & Alan Finkel

Collaboration, industry links, secondments, metrics and tax can all help to take R&D to market.

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Two Billion More Reasons to Collaborate

By Ian Dagley

With global population expected to grow by two billion, even greater collaboration between researchers and business will be needed to satisfy the world’s food, energy and other needs.

Dr Ian Dagley FTSE has been the CEO of the CRC for Polymers since 1995. In this role he instigates collaborative projects from discussions with companies and researchers, and is closely involved in all aspects of the CRC including its research and commercialisation activities. Participants in the CRC include BASF, BlueScope Steel, Integrated Packaging, Mesoblast, Virbac, 11 universities, CSIRO and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

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Renewable Jet Fuels on the Runway

By Susan Pond

Sustainable jet fuels are needed to constrain the aviation industry’s greenhouse emissions.

Dr Susan Pond AM FTSE chairs the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels and the Clean Technology Innovation Program Committee. She is Adjunct Professor in Sustainability at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Vice President of ATSE and a Board member of Innovation Australia, ANSTO and Biotron Ltd.

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Design Network a Move in the Right Direction

By Catherine Livingstone

Design thinking can help Australia change its approach to innovation.

Catherine Livingstone AO FTSE is Chair of Telstra Corporation Ltd, a director of Macquarie Group Limited, WorleyParsons Limited, The George Institute for Global Health, and Saluda Medical Pty Ltd. She is also a member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council and President of the Australian Museum Trust. She was Chair of CSIRO (2001–06), President of Chief Executive Women (2007-2008), and the Chair of The Australian Business Foundation (2002-2005). Catherine also served on the Boards of Goodman Fielder Ltd and Rural Press Ltd.

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The Pace of Technology

By Ron Johnston

The common impression of an increase in technology has been due to the sheer volume of new technologies released, but now the pace of the technology life cycle is about to catch up.

Professor Ron Johnston, a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) since 1990, is founder and Executive Director of the not-for-profit Australian Centre for Innovation at the University of Sydney. The Centre is committed to assisting individuals and organisations to better address the challenges of the future through innovation. The author specialises in understanding the interplay between technology and socio-economic factors in meeting human needs.

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Moving Our Focus from Innovation to Productivity

By Alan Finkel

Innovative businesses achieve better productivity and profitability.

In recent years both business and government have taken a far stronger focus on innovation and its implicit national benefits, such as productivity. Australia is better for this, but we still have a long way to go to convert the “virtuous circle” of research and innovation into commercial advantage and the resulting international economic success that follows.