Monday 14 May

1430–1600CEO/Chair workshop
CRC Association AGM and CRC Benchmarking Survey Report
Business workshop
Cyber Security: Do you know what you don’t know?
Communication workshop
Using science in persuasive and strategic communication
Education workshop
Building better careers – How PhD programs are sustaining long-term individual and organisational success

Wednesday 16 May

0900–1030Making good decisionsAmplifying research

Make your application competitive – demystifying the CRC and CRC Projects application and assessment process
1100–1230Best practice in measuring and evaluating communicationMonitoring and improving postgraduate wellbeing for research success
1330–1500Let’s get started – Establishing outstanding research partnerships – Focusing researcher competence to industry projects during the project formation phaseScimex – maximising your media presence through the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)Helping your clients comply with the R&D Tax Incentive


CRC Association AGM and CRC Benchmarking Survey Report – an interactive open discussion

Monday 14 May 1430–1600

Dr Jeff Coutts
Dr Jeff Coutts, Director, QualDATA
Mr Gordon Stone
Mr Gordon Stone, Director, QualDATA

The 2016/17 4th bi-annual CRCA Benchmarking Survey forms part of the regular benchmarking and impact reporting activity of the CRCA. This in turn informs CRCA members and their decision making, as well supporting CRCA in promoting the benefits and contributions of CRCs to industry, government and the wider community.

The survey data compiled directly from individual CRCs in late 2017 is complemented by the MDQ and Annual Report data to create the current CRCA Benchmarking Study Report.

This interactive workshop session at the 2018 CRCA Conference has a particular focus on innovation and engagement with business and industry, as well as considering the findings around gender balance and diversity in management; results of collaboration and partnerships including uses of outputs; significant outputs and products achieved; communication and user engagement, plus results of monitoring and evaluation around CRC impacts and legacy issues.

The workshop and discussion will include considerations around CRC performance, benefits and impacts, plus emerging trends of key components of CRC management and operations.

Cyber Security: Do you know what you don’t know?

Monday 14 May 1430–1600

Mr Paul Nielsen
Mr Paul Nielsen, Cyber Security Ambassador, COSBOA

In this workshop, presented by COSBOA’s Cyber Security Ambassador, you will gain insight into:

  • Who is COSBOA
  • Why is this topic important to your activities?
  • What is Cyber Security for SMEs
  • Australia – Cyber Security Snapshot
  • What is a Cyber attack, how does it work, the types of attack
  • What is at risk and what is the cost
  • COSBOA 3 Pillar Cyber Security Management Strategy
  • The implications for SMEs
  • The Mandatory Data Breeches Bill and implications
  • Where to get the simple cost effective Solution
  • Q & A.

Using science in persuasive and strategic communication

Will Grant
Dr Will Grant, CPAS, ANU

Monday 14 May 1430–1600

>> Can you use science to make a compelling argument?

>> How much science is too much?

>> How do you know if you’ve been successful?

This workshop is designed to introduce the latest research into effective persuasive and strategic communication in the context of science. We can provide the opportunity to use what you’ve learned in a variety of ways including applying for funding, influencing science policy, talking to the media, and the public. Using a range of improv exercises and research led discussion, we work with you to discover how to frame and craft messages to best suit your audiences and goals.

We will equip you with ideas and strategies to find ‘common ground’ in contentious topics, how to hone your key message and communicate it effectively to an audience – even difficult ones.

Building better careers – How PhD programs are sustaining long-term individual and organisational success

Dr Richard Huysmans
Dr Richard Huysmans, Raven Consulting Group

Monday 14 May 1430–1600

  • Ever wondered what CRCs and other organisations are doing to support their PhD students?
  • What about if what you are doing is having an impact?
  • Got the impression there is probably an easier way to support your PhD students?

In this practical workshop, Dr Richard Huysmans will present findings from his brief research into the PhD offerings from CRCs and similar organisations. He will present case reports on student experience and CRC feedback. There will be opportunities to discuss your experiences in the context of other organisations and student needs. If you’re the education or student manager for your organisation – this is not to be missed!

Making good decisions

Professor Steve Begg
Professor Steve Begg, Professor of Petroleum Engineering & Management, University of Adelaide

Wednesday 16 May 0900–1230 (note double session)

There is strong evidence that many Oil and Gas (O&G) projects are plagued by large cost and schedule overruns, or significant under-performance in productivity. Similar evidence exists for mining projects.

Decision outcomes are largely determined by two factors: the choices we make (which we can control) and uncertainties over which we have no control.  The best we can do to get good outcomes is to make good decisions. But have you ever been taught how to make a good decision? Would you know a good decision if you saw one?

This workshop will introduce Decision Analysis (DA) and the Decision Dialogue Process (DDP) – a non-proprietary, rigorous approach to decision-making, used for over 50 years in a variety of sectors such as oil & gas, public-service, pharmaceuticals, IT, military, aviation, health, environment, etc.  Together, they provide a structured, pragmatic and auditable methodology (process and tools), under-pinned by evidence and sound reasoning, to help people create and evaluate options – leading to high quality, compelling decisions. The methodology is entirely scalable in that its principles can be implemented within a few minutes or over weeks or months, depending on the nature and importance of the decision. Thus it is applicable from relatively ‘small’ decisions (hiring an employee; choosing a supplier of services or software; acquiring data) through to high-consequence decisions (major projects; organisational strategy). It also applies to personal decisions (choose a job, or house; where and when to retire).

Amplifying research

Ms Lucinda Beaman
Ms Lucinda Beaman, FactCheck Editor, The Conversation

Wednesday 16 May 0900–1030

Pitching to and writing for The Conversation

In this session, you will learn more about how The Conversation works and the benefits of writing for The Conversation, as well as tips on how to pitch ideas to to editors and write for a general audience.

Use of amplifier platforms for engagement and impact

Publicly funded researchers and agencies are increasingly expected to respond to the need for greater detail and transparency of the impact of their contributions to wider public value, public debate, and opinion formation.

Dr Kim Osman
Dr Kim Osman, Research Associate, QUT
Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham
Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham, Professor of Media and Communication, QUT

This portion of the workshop will outline a QUT-led ARC Linkage project with partners The Conversation and Cooperative Research Centres Association to assess the impact of scholarly public intellectual content by investigating how public intellectuals are using ‘amplifier’ platforms’, (such as The Conversation and other relevant platforms based on the context), and how they perceive the impact of public intellectual outputs on public debate as well as how these services impact researchers’ and public intellectuals’ career trajectories. The workshop will seek contributions from CRC scholars and detail how to be further involved in the project.


Make your application competitive – demystifying the CRC and CRC Projects application and assessment process

Wednesday 16 May 0900–1030

Mr Martin Dent
Mr Martin Dent, CRC Projects Program Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Ms Nicole Elliott
Ms Nicole Elliott, CRC Program Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

CRC and CRC Projects Program Managers Nicole Elliott and Martin Dent from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will present a workshop focusing on the two streams of the program and the differences between them. The aim of the workshop is to assist with demystifying the application and assessment process so your application is competitive and doesn’t repeat common mistakes.

In particular, the workshop will focus on the key requirements of an application for a CRC or CRC Project, clarifying the difference between each stream and why some applications rank higher than others. The workshop will discuss how to ensure that your application demonstrates an industry led and outcome focussed collaborative partnership that will address an industry identified problem.

The assessment process will also be discussed to enable workshop participants to understand the process between an application being submitted and receiving the letter with the funding outcomes.

The team will also present historical data on the program over time, giving insights into trends over previous rounds.

Opportunity to meet CRC Program representatives

Representatives from the CRC Program in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will be available during Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May to meet with consortia to discuss potential applications.

If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact the CRC Program at

Best practice in measuring and evaluating communication

Ms Anne Howard
Ms Anne Howard, Director, Howardcomms

Wednesday 16 May 1100–1230

  • How do you demonstrate the value that professional communication makes to your organisation?
  • What metrics do you use?
  • And, do you routinely develop a measurement strategy when designing your communication activities?

These are some of the questions that our expert in measurement and evaluation, Anne Howard, will explore in this 90-minute workshop.

Anne believes that strategy together with measurement and evaluation are two sides of the same coin. With boards, CEOs and executive managers around the world demanding greater accountability from their communication activities, pressure is mounting on communication practitioners to show how their work integrates into the organisation’s goals and objectives and contributes to real business outcomes.

Whether online or offline, communication needs to be rigorously measured and evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative measures to demonstrate outcomes and impact.

Join Anne as she walks you through the latest global best practice principles in measuring and evaluating communication. You will learn what is required to integrate them into your daily work so you have the tools to clearly demonstrate the value of communication to your organisation.

Monitoring and improving postgraduate wellbeing for research success

Dr Karen Barry
Dr Karen Barry, Deputy Associate Dean Research, University of Tasmania

Wednesday 16 May 1100–1230

Research training is a rewarding, yet challenging journey. Over the past two decades there has been growing evidence of psychological health problems in PhD candidates worldwide, and latest reports indicate alarming levels.

This workshop will start with an overview of current research about wellbeing in research students, including:

  • What are the challenges of research training and key stressors?
  • Institutional strategies to alleviate stress – research program structure and support
  • Self-care strategies to alleviate stress – case study of a mindfulness training intervention.

Open discussion and group activities will be conducted to explore the participant’s experience of key stress points in the PhD journey and the support that the institutions of workshop participants provide, or could do better. A particular focus will be on how stress may be experienced by industry-focused research student compared to those without industry connections.

A short seated mindfulness activity will be conducted (10 min) to demonstrate how it works. Other self-care strategies will be discussed and a package of information provided on resources and support for universities, research administrators, supervisors and students.

At the conclusion of the workshop a network of interested participants will be established with the aim of initiating future research and activity in this important area.

Let’s get started – Establishing outstanding research partnerships – Focusing researcher competence to industry projects during the project formation phase

Dr Gary White
Dr Gary White, GJW Enterprises

Wednesday 16 May 1330–1500

Industry needs experts to support their R&D and commercial plans – experts in specific science, in tune with industry’s needs.

For an area of science, a CRC should aim for the best suited researcher to work on the problem, matching the needs and intent of the industry partners.

  • How can a research program manager assess the competence of researchers in specific areas of science?
  • How can the RPM measure the industry partners’ level of competence?
  • How can the RPM fit the researcher to needs of the industry partner?
  • How can the RPM be confident in project allocation decisions and load balancing decisions
  • How can we help the RPM make partnership recommendations with justification

An effective tool – Map technology streams to research and industry, and assess both for competence across the ‘Stages’ of a ‘Technology Development Process’

  • The Technology and Capability Mapping Process explained, with examples.


  • Relationships
  • New participants
  • Third parties

Questions and discussion

Scimex – maximising your media presence through the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)

Dr Joe Milton
Dr Joe Milton, Senior Media Officer, Australian Science Media Centre

Wednesday 16 May 1330–1500

Everyone needs a bit of science in their lives, but some audiences can be hard to reach. Mainstream media is an effective route to large audiences not naturally drawn to STEMM subjects, and Scimex – the Science Media Exchange – offers an effective route to mainstream Australian journalists.

During this workshop, Dr Joseph Milton from the Australian Science Media Centre will explore how you can get the most out of working with the mainstream media through Scimex. He will focus on making tricky science accessible, avoiding jargon, the changing media landscape, and how and why news stories are structured. He will also provide top tips on talking to journalists, planning and preparing for media interviews, and how to communicate your message to a broad lay audience.

Helping your clients comply with the R&D Tax Incentive

Wednesday 16 May, 1330–1500

Dr Albert Canagasabey
Dr Albert Canagasabey, Director, Global Investment & Innovation Incentives Australia, Deloitte Tax Services

Compliance with the numerous requirements of R&D Tax Incentive is fundamental to ensuring the appropriate benefits are obtained and retained by claimant companies. Companies engaging with CRCs must ensure and be able to appropriately evidence that the activities undertaken by the CRC on their behalf and associated expenditures incurred are eligible for inclusion in their claim for the R&D Tax Incentive. This is an area of increasing compliance focus by the Australian Taxation Office and Innovation Australia.

This workshop will focus on these requirements and address the following matters CRCs should consider when engaging with companies and the reports they provide:

  • Contractual arrangements – IP ownership, at risk provisions and control of activities
  • Reporting of  core and supporting activities undertaken by the CRC
  • Reporting the allocation of expenditure incurred by the CRC against core and supporting activities
  • Reporting on the detail of actual activities undertaken by the CRC on the companies’ behalf