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.
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.