(Edited extract from speech by Professor Alan Robson, Vice-Chancellor, delivered at: The UWA Institute of Agriculture 2010 Industry Forum, 16 July 2010)
The challenges facing agriculture and food production in Australia and internationally are great. Demand for food is projected to double over the next 50 years from less land base. As such, productivity must be increased. This needs to occur in the context of climate change, increasing world population and a finite global water and fossil energy supply
Research projects from The University of Western Australia that are developing strategies for Australia's defence and national security were today named as national finalists in the 21st Annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Previously unknown species of bacteria are helping reduce the environmental impacts of alumina and aluminium production and saving the industries millions of dollars, a researcher at The University of Western Australia has found.
Just as we were going to print with an article analysing the impact of the proposed Resource Super Profit Tax (RSPT) on a small gold mine in Western Australia, this concept was abandoned by the Federal Government. Having reached agreement with the major mining companies in Australia, the Commonwealth Government announced on July 2, 2010 the introduction of a Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT).
Researchers at The University of Western Australia have received more than $9 million in Federal funding to focus on Aboriginal health, asbestos-related diseases and early childhood respiratory disease.
In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart, yet an applied research centre at The University of Western Australia last year produced a third of the University's publications in the top international journals Nature and Science, all from industry co-founded projects,demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.
The University of Western Australia's child health expert Professor Fiona Stanley and respiratory disease specialists Professor Bruce Robinson and Professor Stephen Stick will lead three new Centres for Research Excellence.
Paediatrics and child health PhD student Balarka Banerjee will be travelling to the University of Queensland in September to represent The University of Western Australia in the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis challenge after being awarded the University title.