The Sax Institute welcomes the Chief Scientist’s appointment of leading academics and researchers from around Australia to Expert Capability teams to support the development of the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, announced that six capability teams had been formed to assist with identifying Australian research infrastructure capability by assessing what we have, and what the nation might need in the future.
The teams of experts will examine the areas of: health, physics, environment, culture, national security and underpinning research.
Sax Institute CEO Professor Sally Redman was appointed to the team that will examine the area of health and medical science, along with Associate Professor Peter Gibbs from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and Professor Peter Gray and Professor Sunil Lakharni, both from the University of Queensland.
The other areas to be examined by expert capability teams are: physics, environment, culture, national security and underpinning research infrastructure.
Dr Finkel said the process was integral to the development of a discussion paper for the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which will be used to support future consideration by Government of how to ensure Australian researchers can access world class, major national research infrastructure. It will be released later in the year.
The Sax Institute develops and maintains nationally significant research resources such as the 45 and Up Study – Australia’s largest ongoing study of healthy ageing – and SURE, the Secure Unified Research Environment which is a cutting-edge, remote-access data research laboratory allowing large-scale linked data research projects to take place in a highly secure environment. It is funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) as part of the Population Health Research Network (PHRN).