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Monday, November 11, 2013

Flagship postgraduate scholarships

The Flagship Collaboration Fund (FCF) newsletter brings you some stories in areas the FCF is currently funding.

Flagship postgraduate scholarships
Open for applications until 15 November 2013

The Flagships offer full and top-up Flagship Postgraduate Scholarships to high quality students who are enrolled in a PhD at an Australian university, and who will be working on a project which is directly relevant to a Flagship.

Applications for Postgraduate Scholarships are now open until 15 November 2013.  For further information please visit the webpage.

Flagship Projects

Dr Anne O'Brien from Exeter University in the UK recently presented her findings from a FCF Project, sponsored by MDU on Establishing the criteria for successful FCF partnerships: A comparative analysis of collaboration clusters within a multi-institutional partnership framework.

This project has been the first comprehensive comparative analysis of the Flagship Clusters in CSIRO and provides insights into the nature of successful collaborative relationships in this program. The work is founded on the social processes around leadership and partnerships and also investigated governance and institutional arrangements.  The findings will provide useful insights for those involved in collaborative research programs.   Watch the Video

Flagship Workshop
Marine biosecurity on the agenda

Our Biosecurity Flagship and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) recently held a joint workshop in Hobart to discuss the risks posed to Australia's ocean and coastal resources from invasive marine pests and diseases. More than fifty experts, in marine environmental research, biosecurity policy and research and from various industry fields, attended the workshop that covered a range of topics including, risk identification, prevention, surveillance for early detection, and prompt response.

The workshop explored the potential for new technologies to provide more rapid, cost effective surveillance of high priority pests, asking whether advanced sensors, sensor networks and autonomous platforms, together with the rapidly evolving field of 'eco-genomics' can provide the enhanced surveillance outcomes needed for more effective marine biosecurity.

Tim Moltmann, IMOS Director, welcomed the interest from CSIRO to broaden its engagement in marine biosecurity. 'It's really good to see the consideration CSIRO is giving marine biosecurity because too often, it is out of sight, out of mind,' Tim said.

The workshop achieved its key purpose of clarifying the scale and scope of issues associated with marine biosecurity for Australia and a report is in the final stages of being developed.

Enquiries: Kathy.Dunn@csiro.au

P: +61 2 6276 6183

W: www.csiro.au/flagships

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