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Mining innovation explored today

World-class mining research and technological developments with far reaching implications for Australia’s future will be featured today in Brisbane during the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies’ (QCAT’s) fourth annual Innovation and Excellence Day.

QCAT Executive Manager Tim McLennan says the Day’s theme – “Impact through innovation” – will highlight how research at QCAT is providing solutions to a variety of challenges faced by the mining and advanced manufacturing sectors.

“The itinerary will provide guests with a comprehensive overview of how QCAT has evolved into an advanced precinct where research critical to the future of Australia is now being conducted on a daily basis,” Mr McLennan says.

CSIRO’s Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Garrett, will open the event to leaders from government, industry and other major research institutions.

“Innovation and Excellence Day allows QCAT to showcase its current and planned research projects before a wide range of stakeholders thereby fostering research and business partnerships across the country,” Dr Garrett says.

Guests – including Queensland Minister for Mines and Energy, the Hon. Geoff Wilson – will hear addresses by some of Australia’s leading experts in: clean coal technologies; mining and minerals research; advanced materials research; robots and wireless sensors; and, aeronautical engineering.

Presentations will include:

Dr David Harris from CSIRO Energy Technology with Frank van Schagen from the Cooperative Research Centre for Coal in Sustainable Development – Coal gasification in low emission technologies

Dr David Reid from CSIRO Exploration and Mining with Mr Guy Mitchell from BHP Mitsubishi Alliance – Longwall automation – a successful CSIRO-Industry Partnership

Dr Lyndon Armstrong from Rio Tinto Alcan Queensland R&D Centre – Technology Directions in the Alumina Industry

Dr Peter Corke from CSIRO ICT Centre with Phil Thompson from the Powercom Group – TBC

Dr Philip Teakle from Teakle Composites – Case study of a new technology transfer company

Dr Cameron Davidson from CSIRO Materials Sciences and Engineering – Advances in light weight alloys with a focus on automotive applications

Dr Ralph Holmes from CSIRO Minerals – The importance of iron ore to Australia and CSIRO’s contribution

Mr Mark Bateup from Defence Science Technology Organisation – DSTO-Brisbane and Hypersonic Flight.

Sessions will be videotaped and DVDs of the day’s sessions will be available for those who could not attend.

Further Information:

Tim McLennan, CSIRO Exploration & Mining

For more information, (07) 3327 4480;

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