TROPICAL knowledge is set for a boost with the signing of a
Cooperative Framework on Tropical Science, Knowledge and Innovation
by the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian
governments. The framework aims to promote and develop the
north’s strengths in tropical science and to strengthen
linkages between all stakeholders.
The framework was signed in March at the Tropical Futures Forum by
Premiers Peter Beattie and Geoff Gallup, and Chief Minister Clare
Martin. The forum brought together leaders in their fields from
research, government, industry and community to consider
challenges, opportunities and priorities for tropical knowledge and
innovation in the north. More than 150 delegates were invited to
the forum. A summary report outlining the key outcomes will be
available soon from the Tropical Futures Forum website (URL below).
Another initiative mooted at the Forum was the development of a
tropical science precinct at James Cook University in Townsville,
which would draw on expertise from research agencies from
across the region, with CSIRO as a key partner.
“JCU aims to become the R&D headquarters for north
Queensland,” said JCU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bernard Moulden.
“We’re seeking to bring together on to one site as many
as possible of the R&D providers of the region with a view to
creating the largest aggregation of tropically focused researchers
in the world.”
Charles Darwin University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Helen Garnett,
says northern Australia has the potential to be a world leader in
tropical issues such as health and environment, including how that
influences the built environment.
“Charles Darwin University, like JCU, is specialising in
niche areas where we can be different,” she explained.
“Tropical research, like desert research, is one of the areas
that Charles Darwin University is focused, that has great
importance in Australia and is relevant elsewhere.”
Science Network in Western Australia
This web site has the latest information on science in Western Australia and where to go to for more information
Tropical Futures Forum (NT site)
The Tropical Futures Australia web site reports on progress and activities under the Cooperative Framework on Tropical Science, Knowledge and Innovation developed between Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, including major projects on Tropical Health, Tropical Environmental Management, and Australian Tropical Research Capacity