Biosecurity research will be a major focus over the next four years with the University of Melbourne being awarded a $7.8 million grant to establish the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA).
Scientists have produced the largest flexible, plastic solar cells in Australia – ten times the size of what they were previously able to – thanks to a new solar cell printer that has been installed at CSIRO.
Australian academics and industry leaders are proposing a Sino-Australia Institute of Food and Environment Institute (SAIFE) to integrate research, innovation and education within international food supply chains. SAIFE has received strong support from leading universities, industry and senior government officials in China.
The first continental-scale reconstruction of temperatures over the past 2000 years has found 20th Century warming was a global event that has produced the hottest global average temperature in 1400 years.
We are at a crucial time for Australia to demonstrate courageous leadership on climate change policy, University of Melbourne social and climate scientists warn. The researchers are urging Australian politicians to join the growing global momentum for decisive actions needed to avoid global warming of four degrees or more.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.