The 2017 Award winners send clear messages about BHERT’s focus:
The Chevron-UWA Partnership Programme is a 15-year partnership worth more than $22 million to 2022, which has resulted in new R&D and world-leading products. It supports one of Australia’s major export industries (LNG: Liquefied Natural Gas), in which Western Australia has a strong position, and in which Australia is becoming the largest global player. Chevron have funded major research capability, development in gas process engineering and in LNG futures, supported a large range of projects, and contributed to science education and the arts.
Global Distribution of Academic Members: BEST is self-sustaining, and will welcome new institutional members in 2018. This will support further expansion of the Network’s off erings and value to educators and students.
The Biomedical Education, Skills and Training (BEST) Network is a technology-supported teaching infrastructure for biomedical learning. Since 2012 it has had significant impact in higher education across Australia: it has a growing community of 12 member institutions, 2,200 academics, and 8,700 student members. The BEST Network operates on the basis of institutional subscriptions, largely from universities.
Kakadu plums and their powder have properties that extend the shelf life of food.
The Kakadu Plum project was launched in 2010, and is a major initiative between two Australian universities and the acquaculture industries. It has transformed the native food industry, and empowered Aboriginal Communities in the process. Its success derives from the preservative properties of the Kakadu Plum, which as a functional ingredient is now used by 75% of the Queensland aquaculture industry as a natural preservative, which significantly extends the retail shelf life of prawns.
The Biodiversity Node of the NSW Adaptation Research Hub was established in 2013, and leverages the State’s multidisciplinary science capacities to produce research that directly informs the decision making of NSW agencies. The partnership between Macquarie University and the NSW Government aims to maximise the resilience of species and ecosystems to climate variability with improved management and decision-making based on science. Funding received has been used to support 18 research projects and has brought together 64 individual researchers from 16 institutions and agencies across Australia. It has been successful in developing actionable recommendations.
In 1998 BHERT initiated a series of Awards to reinforce the importance of business-university partnerships in innovation, R&D and teaching. These are prestigious annual awards which recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between the sectors of business and higher education.
Now in their 20th year, the BHERT Awards are presented at a Gala Event in November in Melbourne. The Awards are sponsored by university and business members of BHERT.
Award Applications are assessed by a panel of independent judges against a number of criteria. The submissions must be highly innovative and reflect a strong relationship between partners. The winning Projects were also those deemed to have measurable outcomes, and high impact for Australia.
In 2017 the BHERT Awards were refined, with criteria sharpened to focus on excellence and impact for the Australian economy and community.
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