New Linkage grants – same old winners

There are 67 new projects set to go – a 24 per cent success rate

As ever, the Group of Eight cleaned up, with 38 successful projects. The Australian Technology Network picked up eight.

Uni Queensland leads with eight projects, followed by Uni Melbourne (seven), UNSW (six) and Monash U (five). Outside the Go8, Swinburne U is a stand-out, with five.

CMM’s pick of the projects (at least those he understands) and their team-leaders is,

* software for emergency/search and rescue helicopters (Hanna Kurniawati, ANU)

* Indigenous knowledge and western science in fauna conversation ( Emilie-Jane Ens, Macquarie U)

* a certification system for sustainable hydrogen fuel (Fred Gale – U Tasmania)

* “vertical schools” and how students go in them (Jillian Wills – QUT)

* biomass waste for road subgrades (Arul Arulrajah – Swinburne U)

* “rethinking and revitalising” existing herbicides (Joshua Myle – UWA)

* digital tech for post COVID-19 performing arts (Anna Goldsworthy – Uni Adelaide)

Justin Chalker, Louisa Esdaile and Kevin Fell from Flinders U had a good day – wining two Linkages. One is for recycling electronic waste (packaging and circuit boards, say). The other is polymer tech for oil spills and slow-release fertiliser.

Maybe they will their photos taken in front of the Flinders’ yellow prism! (CMM July 23).