Research network a boost for Central Australia 


Alice Springs's emergence as a research hub will be strengthened with the creation of the Central Australian Research Network.

Professor Rolf Gerritsen, Alice Springs-based research leader at Charles Darwin University (CDU), has announced the formation of the research network, which aims to pool research resources for the benefits of local government, industry and community.

"It's about giving our locally based researchers a front-end to engage with local industry and business, and inform the local community on relevant issues," Professor Gerritsen said.

The network will bring issues of national significance to central Australia with an opening workshop tackling scenarios of climate change in central Australia.

Adaptive measures to deal with on-coming climate change will be discussed by economic modellers from CDU’s School for Environmental Research.

The workshop will be held on June 30 at CDU's higher education building in Alice Springs, which houses the network.

Professor Gerritsen said he looked forward to working with other central Australian based educational and research organisations and individuals.

“We believe over time the new network will considerably enhance the research capacity of local individuals and organisations,” he said.

For more information on the workshop, please contact Dr Rolf Gerritsen on 8959 5256.