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5 September 2016


Research Commercialisation Award for Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre

Curtin’s Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre won the Best Creative Engagement Strategy award at the Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia Research Commercialisation Awards in Brisbane on 1 September. The awards recognise partnerships that are translating Australia’s cutting edge research into products and services.

The Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, co-founded by Cisco, Curtin University and Woodside Energy Ltd, launched in July 2015.

Two other Curtin initiatives were finalists in the awards. Mine Maintenance Scheduling via Mathematical Optimisation was a finalist in the Best Commercial Deal category, and Curtin Accelerate was a finalist in the Best Entrepreneurial Initiative category.

Congratulations to everyone involved in these exciting initiatives.

Awards for Research Excellence 2016

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University Library Faculty Librarian Team, Mrs Jaya Ralph, Ms Diana Blackwood, Ms Linden Hall, Mrs Jenny Copestake and Ms Kitty Delaney, along with Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, Professor Chris Moran (DVC Research) and Professor Keith Hampson (CEO SBEnrc).


Curtin’s Awards for Research Excellence 2016 on Friday afternoon brought to an end a very successful 2016 Research and Innovation Week.

This year’s Award winners were:

  • John de Laeter Award for Research Leadership – Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Curtin Research Impact and Engagement Award – The Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre (SBEnrc), Faculty of Humanities
  • Curtin Research Support Award, The University Library Faculty Librarian Team.

Congratulations to the well deserving winners and thank you to everyone who was involved in putting together such a full schedule of events for Research Week.

Review a draft of Curtin’s Strategic Plan 2017-2020

Curtin staff are invited to review a draft of the Strategic Plan 2017-2020 today and tomorrow on the Development of the New Strategic Plan blog.

The Plan is now in its final stages of development and will be submitted to University Council for approval on 14 September. Staff can access the draft plan via the latest blog post and you are welcome to make comments or alternatively to direct questions or comments to the Office of Strategy and Planning at:

Aberdeen-Curtin Alliance – University of Aberdeen Professor Alison Lumsden visit

Professor Alison Lumsden, Chair in English Literature at the University of Aberdeen, is a visiting scholar with the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts (MCCA) from 5 to 16 September. Her visit has been planned to coincide with the China Australia Writing Centre event Creative Conversations, during which she will be a panellist in The Novel through Time with Curtin’s Professor Kim Scott and Fudan University’s Professor Tan Zheng.

Professor Lumsden is working with Curtin staff on a partnership around writing and literature as part of the broader Aberdeen-Curtin relationship. On Wednesday 14 September, Professor Lumsden will present a MCCA Research Seminar titled Writing Scotland.

Change of Director at the National Drug Research Institute

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Simon Lenton as the new Director of the National Drug Research Institute (NDRI). Professor Lenton has worked at the Institute since 1993 and has strong management credentials, having served as one of two Deputy Directors and on the NDRI Management Team since July 2004.  His appointment is for a term of two years.

Professor Steve Allsop has stepped down from the role of NDRI Director after almost 12 years of service. He will remain at NDRI as a senior academic and pursue his interests in research, policy and practice.

I would like to thank Steve for his long and dedicated commitment to NDRI, at the same time as warmly welcoming Professor Lenton to the role.

Curtin Ignition 2016

The sixth Curtin Ignition Program commenced yesterday, with the highest number of delegates since the program’s inception – 61 aspiring entrepreneurs, academics and corporate innovators will learn how to turn their idea or innovation into a successful business venture, during an intensive week-long training program at Technology Park.

Based on the Ignite program from the University of Cambridge and run by the Curtin Centre for Entrepreneurship, Curtin Ignition has become an annual highlight of the Australasian innovation event calendar.

I would like to acknowledge the support provided for Curtin Ignition 2016 from the Departments of Local Government and Communities &  Agriculture and Food, Landgate, City of Wanneroo, AusIndustry, RSM, Wrays, Business News, UWA and ECU.

Eid al-Adha

The Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of Sacrifice) falls on 12 September.

I would like to wish all members of the Curtin community participating in this festival a happy celebration.

Other points of interest

  • SET received an update on plans for Curtin’s celebration of 50 Years of innovation from Val Raubenheimer (VP Corporate Services), Ann Paterson (Director, Strategic Communications), Angela Bowman (Director Advancement), Claire Bradshaw (Project Manager, 50th anniversary) and Sarah Moffat (Director – Marketing Analytics, Platforms and Compliance) at their meeting last week. The plans are progressing well and will involve both university-wide and school level events. As the plans firm up, details will be available on the 50th anniversary website.
  • As announced in a special VC Note to Staff last Thursday, the Curtin Fireballs in the Sky science outreach program, which tracks fireball trajectories in space, won the 2016 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science category. In Sydney to receive the prize were Science Outreach Officers Emma Donnelly and Renee Sayers, along with Desert Fireballs Network Research Team Member Dr Jonathan Paxman.
 Emma Donnelly (Science Outreach Officer), Renee Sayers (Science Outreach Officer) and Dr Jonathan Paxman (Desert Fireballs Network Research Team Member)

Emma Donnelly (Science Outreach Officer), Renae Sayers (Science Outreach Officer) and Dr Jonathan Paxman (Desert Fireballs Network Research Team Member) at the Eureka Awards.




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