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May 31, 2017 / David Norman
Category: CEO's Update 

CEO's Update May 2017

Click here to download the May 2017 edition of the Energy Pipelines CRC Newsletter

May has been a whirlwind of events for the Energy Pipelines CRC team. The beginning of this month seems a distant memory following a month of meetings and productive events aimed at showcasing the breadth of knowledge generated through industry collaboration with the Energy Pipelines CRC as well as preparing the management team for the coming months ahead during the new CRC bidding process.

We began this month with a trip to Colorado Springs USA for the 21st Joint Technical Meeting of APGA RSC, PRCI and EPRG. I was very proud to see the impressive contributions made by our researchers and staff as part of the Australian delegation to the meeting. It is a vindication of the long term support and collaboration between industry and researchers that has occurred through the Energy Pipelines CRC. The breadth and depth of the knowledge generated was evident.

We have been lucky during this month to add a new member to the Energy Pipelines CRC team. Dr Fariba Mahdavi has joined us as a research officer and will assist in the preparation and monitoring of both upcoming and ongoing research projects. Fari is no stranger to the Energy Pipelines CRC as she recently completed her PhD sponsored by the Energy Pipelines CRC as Deakin University. She is fitting in well with the Wollongong team and we all look forward to working with her over the coming years.

In late May a number of the Energy Pipelines CRC team and Chairman Charles Rottier attended the annualCRC Association Convention titled ‘Collaborate Innovate’ in Canberra.

This was an excellent opportunity meet with representatives of other CRC’s, university, politicians as well as national think tanks. The CRC program is integral to national research and innovation policy and it was clearly evident during this convention.

During this event we heard from Senator Sinodinos Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolio. It was pleasing to hear the Senator reaffirm his support for the CRC program as well as formally open the first stage of this year’s application round. We have been working hard since last year to prepare a solid case for a new bid in this round.

This busy period for the Energy Pipelines CRC is far from over. I would like to remind you of two upcoming events which are nearly upon us. Our first seminar for the year will take place on the 7th June in Sydney with complementary registration for APGA RSC members and our research partners.

The annual APGA RSC dinner will take place in the evening of the 7th June also in Sydney. We are sponsoring the dinner this year to reaffirm our commitment to the importance of knowledge transfer amongst our broad pipeliner community. You will find further information about these events inside this newsletter, which I do hope to see as many of the pipeliner community at as possible.

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