A new CEO was announced today to head up the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association, which oversees a multi-million dollar R&D program for Australia's science and technology industries.
Former deputy director of the Cattle Council of Australia, Michael Hartmann, has been appointed to the role to represent CRCs across Australia and provide advocacy to federal parliament to ensure the Association continues to be the hub of local industry research.
The CRC program was established in 1990 to increase collaboration between researchers and industry and to promote the uptake and use of research.
Australia has more than 70 CRCs covering areas including manufacturing, information technology, mining, agriculture, environmental research and medical science.
Since its inception the federal government has provided $2.3 billion in funding to the program.
CRCA chairman Tony Staley said a 2006 study showed that as a result of the reserach, training and commercialisation activities of the CRCs, Australian GDP has been increased by nearly $2.7 billion.
While at the Cattle Council, Hartmann regularly presented at parliamentary inquiries and worked closely with the Agricultural Business Research Institute at the University of New England.