In late August, the HEARing CRC hosted a Cooperative Research Centre Association (CRCA) meeting to introduce the Chair of Innovation and Science Australia, Bill Ferris AC.
CRCA CEO, Tony Peacock and CRCA Chair, The Honorable Tony Staley, invited Bill Ferris and Joanna Bunting (Department of Innovation and Science) to Melbourne to discuss the current research priorities of Melbourne-based Cooperative Research Centres, including:
- Polymers CRC, presented by Ian Dagley (CEO)
- Innovative Manufacturing CRC, presented by David Chuter (CEO)
- Spatial Information CRC, presented by Dr Peter Woodgate (CEO)
- Mental Health CRC, presented by Professor Ian Cooke (CEO)
- Cancer Therapeutics CRC, presented by Ian Street (Chief Scientific Officer).
Following these presentations, Professor Robert Cowan gave interested members of the CRCA delegation a tour of the HEARing CRC’s Melbourne Head Office. This tour provided an opportunity to demonstrate and discuss some the HEARing CRC’s recent research activities, including:
- Diagnostic electrophysiological research to provide a better understanding of auditory neuropathy in children (A/Prof. Gary Rance);
- The development of a new sound-processing algorithm for cochlear implants that will provide cochlear implant recipients with a better understanding of tonal languages, such as Mandarin (Dr Andrew Vandali); and
- Testing binaural beamformer technology developed to help people with hearing loss better understand speech in noisy environments (Dr Richard van Hoesel).
Announced in November 2015, Innovation and Science Australia is part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda with the responsibility of providing strategic whole-of-government advice to the Government on all science, research and innovation matters. The Innovation and Science Australia Board complements the Commonwealth Science Council.