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Biobuzz 6 - CRC Biodiversity researcher contributes to 2020 Summit

Dr Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra (Photo: Susan Lambert)

Dr Julianne O'Reilly-Wapstra was invited to attend the 2020 Summit in April and to contribute to the “future directions for rural industries and rural communities” theme.

“This turned out to be a very interesting, positive and productive experience,” says Julianne, of the CRC for Forestry and the University of Tasmania (School of Plant Science).

“The key point I wanted to discuss at the summit was how to increase and improve knowledge transfer and extension between researchers and industry partners or end users; as too often there is a gap here.”

“I did have the opportunity to discuss this with my sub-group and it was agreed that this is something deserving of greater attention. All individual ideas were noted by scribes and were written into the final report for consideration by the government”.

“Future directions for rural industries and rural communities” was one of the 10 themes discussed by the 1,000 delegates that attended.

One hundred delegates contributed to this theme, which was chaired by former Australian Deputy Prime Minister, Tim Fischer.

The group was further divided into sub-groups to focus discussion on agriculture, communities, infrastructure, small to medium enterprises, tourism and research and development.  At the end of the first day each sub-group reported back to the larger theme group with a ranking of their top priorities and ideas. There were 32 priorities in total and the following were voted as the top four areas that needed addressing:

1) Response to climate change

2) Nationwide harmonisation and standardisation

3) Incentives for sustainability

4) Attract, recruit and retain people in rural areas.

Ideas about how to address these issues were consolidated on the second day and a preliminary summit report was presented to the Prime Minister during the closing session.

For detailed information on the priority themes and ideas (and to look at the ideas from the other nine theme areas) you can view the final report.

To review the CRC's approach to knowledge transfer, please see our communications strategy.

Please contact the Industry Engagement Manager Tom Fisk or the Communications Manager Taylor Bildstein if you would like to discuss knowledge transfer.

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Theme sub-groups meet during the 2020 Summit (photo: www.australia2020.gov.au)