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CNBP at ‘Science meets Policymakers’

8 August 2017:

CNBP was well represented at the STA ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event held in Canberra, August 8, 2017.

Researchers A/Prof Guozhen Liu, Dr Alf Garcia-Bennett, Dr Sanam Mustafa and Dr Hannah Brown all attended and heard a number of talks on topics ranging from ‘A Whole Government approach to Science Policy’, to ‘A Crash-course in STEM and Policy Making’ through to discussion on ‘Positive and Meaningful Contributions to Policy.’

A/Prof Guozhen Liu particularly enjoyed the ‘Working Round Table’ discussion. “We discussed the 2030 Strategic Plan for the Australian Innovation, Science and Research System, which will help shape future science activity in Australia. It was emphasized that Australia encourages both fundamental and applied research, and that research excellence is key.”

A/Prof Liu also noted the importance of effective communication between stakeholders. “Methods and approaches to drive effective and engaged connections between Universities, Government and Industry were topics that were explored and discussed in depth throughout the day.”

The ‘Science meets Policymakers’ event brought together researchers and practitioners from a range of science and technology disciplines, with policymakers from across government departments and agencies. Objectives included to make connections and to examine the intersection between the evidence base and actual policy development.

CNBP engages with Shanxi Province

26 March 2017:

CNBP Director Prof Mark Hutchinson has showcased CNBP science to the Vice Governor of Shanxi Province together with his Heads of Departments (Agriculture, Science and Technology and Foreign Affairs) who were visiting the University of Adelaide and the South Australian Government on March 26th, 2017.

The visit, a result of the University of Adelaide and its seven year relationship with the Province, sees the University undertaking increasing work there, with both industry and Government, primarily in the areas of agriculture and functional food.

It is likely that CNBP products and the potential of the Centre will be further demonstrated in May, when  a delegation from South Australia will go to Shanxi Province to engage with industry.

New ‘smart needle’ to make brain surgery safer

20 January 2017:

A new high-tech medical device to make brain surgery safer has been developed by researchers at the Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics located at the University of Adelaide.

Led by CNBP Investigator Professor Robert McLaughlin (pictured), the tiny imaging probe, encased within a brain biopsy needle, lets surgeons ‘see’ at-risk blood vessels as they insert the needle, allowing them to avoid causing bleeds that can potentially be fatal.

Over the past six months, the “smart needle” has been used in a pilot trial with 12 patients undergoing neurosurgery at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia.

Today, Education and Training Minister Senator Simon Birmingham, was shown the high tech needle and the laboratory where it was developed at a special event at the University of Adelaide.

“This smart biopsy device is an outstanding example of how our investment in research can translate into real benefits for industries and ultimately for Australians,” Minister Birmingham said.

A press release related to this activity can be viewed online, as can a YouTube video detailing  this innovative translational research.

Below – CNBP Director Professor Mark Hutchinson (left) and CNBP Investigator Professor  Robert McLaughlin (second right) look on as Senator Simon Birmingham (centre) explores the ‘smart needle device’.

 

Director talks at UniSA’s Future Industries Institute Seminar Series

Mark Hutchinson_1_low_sq25 July 2016:

Professor Mark Hutchinson, CNBP Director, attended UniSA’s Future Industries Institute (FII) Annual Seminar Series and spoke about “Using Light to Measure: Lessons and Examples from Food Innovation to Advanced Systems Biology”.

FII Seminars are aimed at disseminating key discoveries and fundamental advances across all disciplines of the sciences. They are also designed to act as a forum for researchers  to engage, promote cutting edge research and to explore collaborative opportunities.

 

CNBP hosts John Gardner MP

Mark-and-John-Gardner_low11 March 2016:

John Gardner MP (Liberal Shadow Minister for Education; Multicultural Affairs; The Arts and Higher Education, Science and the Information Economy) and SA State Member for Morialta, took time out to visit CNBP and the University of Adelaide on Friday March 11th, 2016.

Meeting with CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson and General Manager Mel Trebilcock, CNBP’s research focus and innovation strategy was discussed with the visit also including a laboratory tour, allowing  MP Gardner to meet with staff and students.

Feedback from the MP was extremely positive citing an ‘inspirational afternoon at CNBP’ with ‘cutting edge science with practical applications.’

 

CNBP meets the pollies

Hannah-and-CPyne4 March 2016:

CNBP fully embraced the opportunities provided by the just completed ‘Science meets Parliament’ event, organised by Science & Technology Australia, March 1-2, 2016.

The event, attracting 200 of Australia’s top scientists across all disciplines, aimed to help researchers understand how politics, policymaking and the media work, and gave them an opportunity to look at their science from an alternate point of view.

Over 100 federal parliamentarians also took part in the event, taking one-to-one meetings with scientists, attending debates and dinners and having informal discussions.

Attending from the CNBP were Director Prof Mark Hutchinson and researchers Dr Hannah Brown, Dr Alfonso Garcia-Bennett and Dr Melanie McDowall – all were focused on networking, meeting politicians and better understanding ways of improving communication of CNBP science to media, policymakers and parliamentarians.

STA President and CNBP Chief Investigator Professor Jim Piper was also actively involved, undertaking hosting and MC duties throughout the full two-day program, as well as meeting with key politicians and stakeholders.

Highlights included Prof Hutchinson and his involvement on a Q&A style panel, discussing his experiences as a ‘Science meets Parliament’ alumni. Outlined were tips on dealing with politicians including the need for researchers to engage more effectively with stakeholders, to keep it simple, to talk with passion and to stimulate interest through high-quality communication of exciting science.

An undoubted highlight for CNBP’s Hannah Brown and Alfonso Garcia-Bennett was getting the chance to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to discuss their science. Both absolutely enjoyed the experience of meeting Australia’s leader and seeing his enthusiasm for innovative and ground breaking research.

In addition to this, the CNBP team managed to meet a wide number of parliamentarians throughout the two day program (both formally and informally), this including Minister Christopher Pyne, Minister Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister Karen Andrews, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and MPs Terri Butler, Adam Bandt, Andrew Southcott and Melissa Parke.

CNBP Director Mark Hutchinson summed up the event, “The SmP 2016 experience continued to surprise and inform me of new challenges and opportunities for scientific endeavours in the Australian political arena. It was so refreshing to hear from scientific leaders and policy makers of their driving passion to support our research efforts through quality and workable policy and political engagement.”

A ‘Behind the Scenes’ video taken at Science Meets Parliament by the RiAus also featured CNBP talent, with researchers Mel and Hannah figuring prominently.

CNBP is already looking forward to next year’s event!

PM _Science meets Parliament

CNBP welcomes politicians

CNBPlogoSquare11 December 2015:

CNBP was pleased to welcome The Hon Christopher Pyne MP (Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science), The Hon Karen Andrews MP (Assistant Minister for Science) and Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham (Minister for Education and Training) at the University of Adelaide today, discussing the Federal Government’s new National and Innovation Science Agenda.

The visit included laboratory tours as well as the meeting of staff and researchers.

Pyne-visits-UoA

 

Wyatt Roy visits CNBP at RMIT

cnbplogosquare110 December 2015:

The Federal Member for Longman and Assistant Minister for Innovation Wyatt Roy, along with the Vice Chancellor of RMIT Martin Bean, toured the three new CNBP optics laboratories today.

They were shown CNBP’s custom confocal microscope setups including the cryostat which can be use to study light emitting properties of fluorescent nanomaterials from +70 deg C to -269 deg C. Also shown were autofluorescence images of a mouse oocyte (egg).

CNBP CIs Brant Gibson and Andrew Greentree briefly discussed the recently announced Australian Government’s Innovation Statement with Minister Roy and future commercial translation opportunities of CNBP technologies e.g. a ‘clinical version’ of one of the Centre’s custom confocal microcopes.

During the tour of the facilities, Minister Roy also met and chatted with many of the RMIT CNBP post docs and students.

Wyatt_Roy visit to RMIT

 

CNBP Node Director presents in US

jimpiper11 May 2015:

CNBP Director, Macquarie University Node, Prof Jim Piper has attended the ‘Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting 2015’, recently held in Arlington, Virginia.

The event, held under the auspices of the 2015 United States-Australia Joint Commission Meeting on Science and Technology, looks to enhance strategic scientific dialogue between the two countries as well as promote joint efforts in addressing complex problems facing the world today.

This year’s theme was ‘Enabling Technologies’ with Prof Piper giving two well received talks – ‘Supporting Structures for Australian Discovery Research’ and ‘Time-coded Luminescent Nanoparticles for High Contrast Detection of Specific (sub) Cellular Targets’.