Accelerator

CSIRO revives its ON Accelerate program

- August 29, 2022 2 MIN READ

The CSIRO has revived its ON startup accelerator program, three years after shutting it down, as the government and universities ramp up their push to commercialise research. ON originally launched in 2015 as part of CSIRO’s Innovation Catalyst strategy, supported by former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s National Innovation and Science Agenda. But in late 2019,… Read more »

Other tech

Climate change, going digital and autonomous: the 7 megatrends CSIRO says are shaping the world

- July 28, 2022 4 MIN READ

Around 3.7 million Australians have been unintentionally caught in an ocean rip. For the unprepared it can be a harrowing experience – but for experienced surfers, rips are a handy way to ride through the whitewash and out to the break. We’re not surfers, but we work at Australia’s national science agency in “strategic foresight”,… Read more »

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Advice

From plant-based burgers to insects: the CSIRO’s protein roadmap to where to invest

- April 19, 2022 3 MIN READ

As demand for alternative protein sources grows, Australians are increasingly looking for options that are healthy, sustainable and ethically made. At CSIRO, we have produced a “protein roadmap” to guide investments in a diverse range of new products and ingredients. We believe plant-based patties, lab-made meat and insects are just some of the foods set… Read more »

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Business

Feeding the world more protein is a $13 billion opportunity for Australian tech, CSIRO says

- March 22, 2022 2 MIN READ

National science agency CSIRO has produced a technology roadmap for growth in protein production in Australia, believing the opportunity is worth $13 billion. Australian agricultural exports were worth around $50 billion in FY2021, and with that figure predicted to rise by 20% in FY22 to more than $60bn, options beyond beef are seen as the… Read more »

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Other tech

Redbelly Blockchain spins out of University of Sydney and CSIRO as a high-speed commercial solution

- December 21, 2021 2 MIN READ

Redbelly Blockchain, an Australian blockchain developed by the University of Sydney and CSIRO, has spun out as a commercial enterprise, Redbelly Network, in a joint venture with blockchain venture studio Block8. Redbelly, unveiled in 2018 as the world’s fastest blockchain, says it is now also significantly safer and more corruption-proof than other blockchains in commercial… Read more »

Advice

New CSIRO research finds that every $1 spent on R&D in Australia delivers $3.50 in benefits

- November 23, 2021 3 MIN READ

Each dollar invested in research and development (R&D) would earn an average of A$3.50 in economy-wide benefits for Australia, according to evidence compiled in a new report from CSIRO. Many Australians know research and development drives economic growth and improves our well-being and prosperity. However, few could describe the size of the relationship between Australia’s… Read more »

Advice

CSIRO Data61 team wins silver – and $1.3 million – in the ‘robot Olympics’

- September 27, 2021 2 MIN READ

Robotics experts from the CSIRO have second finished in a global competition dubbed the ‘Robot Olympics’, beating a team from NASA and MIT to take the silver. The team, from the CSIRO’s Data61, spin-out robotics company Emesent, and the US-based Georgia Institute of Technology spent three years preparing for the competition, preparing six autonomous robots,… Read more »

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Business

A biotech startup is developing a ‘warm’ COVID vaccine that also works against newer strains such as Delta

- July 15, 2021 2 MIN READ

A ‘warm’ COVID-19 vaccine being developed by scientists from India and Australia, suitable for remote regions lacking access to the cold storage needed to transport current vaccines, appears to be effective against new strains of the virus currently pushing Australian states back into lockdown. The CSIRO has been evaluating the heat-tolerant COVID-19 vaccine formulations developed… Read more »

Other tech

FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, just won US$1m it will use it go get Aboriginal people into farming

- December 15, 2020 2 MIN READ

FutureFeed, the CSIRO-backed startup using seaweed to reduce methane emission from cattle has won US$1 million from the world’s biggest prize for the food sector. The Food Planet Prize, established by Swedish hospitality entrepreneur Curt Bergfors in 2019, recognises initiatives, organisations and people working on securing the world’s food supply in a sustainable way. FutureFeed was chosen from… Read more »

People

Australia’s next Chief Scientist, Dr Cathy Foley, has an incredible life story

- November 9, 2020 2 MIN READ

Physicist and CSIRO chief scientist Dr Cathy Foley will become Australia’s next Chief Scientist, replacing Dr Alan Finkel in 2021. She’s just the second woman to lead the nation’s scientific endeavours, 13 years after Professor Penny Sackett ‘s tenure from  2008-2011. Dr Foley was appointed the CSIRO’s chief scientist in 2018, having risen through the… Read more »

Advice

The 5 barriers the CSIRO found to innovation in Australia

- November 6, 2020 2 MIN READ

Australian companies face five key barriers to unlocking value in innovation in a new report from the CSIRO. Talking to private and public sector leaders, the Value of science and technology report by the CSIRO Futures team, identified a range of issues, including declining investment in innovation – despite the push into tackling Covid-19 in 2020… Read more »

Topics

The 6 tech sectors the CSIRO thinks will drive Australia’s economic recovery

- October 5, 2020 3 MIN READ

Over the next few years, science and technology will have a vital role in supporting Australia’s economy as it strives to recover from the coronavirus pandemic. At Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, we’ve identified opportunities that can help businesses drive economic recovery. We examined how the pandemic has created or intensified opportunities for economic growth… Read more »

Topics

A breakthrough CSIRO-backed startup using seaweed to cut down cow farts is set to change agriculture

- August 21, 2020 2 MIN READ

A newly formed startup, spun out of the CSIRO to commercialise a seaweed-based additive to livestock feed in order reduce methane emissions, is launching with $13 million in backing from five of the biggest names in agriculture. FutureFeed Pty Ltd is using the seaweed asparagopsis in feed for dairy and beef cattle. Research trials in… Read more »