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July 31, 2018 / Matthew Byers
Category: CRC Activities 

Final Research Conference Celebrates Legacy and Achievements

The final Energy Pipelines CRC Research Conference was held from the 9th-10th July 2018 at Waurn Ponds Estate Geelong. The event attracted over 40 attendees that came together for professional development sessions as well as a look back on the impact of the Energy Pipelines CRC since establishment in 2010.

In keeping with previous formats for the research conference program, day one was devoted entirely to both professional and personal development sessions. A session on tailoring project proposals to demonstrate value to industry was well received and lessons were taken from this to assist in the development of project proposal for the Future Fuels CRC.

A second session was held to highlight the importance of stress management and personal resilience in both the workplace and at home. Attendees were provided with a number of strategies and techniques to assist in developing and maintain resilience through challenges and uncertainty.

A special celebratory dinner was held on the evening of the Monday evening. This brought together both current members of the community but also previous members of the Energy Pipelines CRC who had travelled specifically for the event. Former University of Wollongong PhD Student YouYou Wu, who now works for DNV GL, travelled from Singapore to attend the conference and dinner.

Special thanks must be given to speakers during the dinner who shared personal stories of their time with the Energy Pipelines CRC as well as their appreciation of the hard work in put in by all research teams and management since 2010. Speakers included Chairman Charles Rottier, Steve Dobbie from APGA as well as former CEO Valerie Linton.

The second day provided opportunity for speakers and attendees to look back and reflect on what has been achieved by the Energy Pipelines CRC community since 2010 as well as a consideration of lessons learnt. Industry legend Ashley Kellett and Ian Kett from Deakin University both provided excellent presentations that answered these questions from the differing perspectives of industry and researcher communities. The presenters were joined by ME-38 Standards committee chair Susan Jaques and William Hughson from the SA Department of Energy and Mining for an excellent panel session that gave attendees an opportunity further discuss the key legacies and lessons learnt of the Energy Pipelines CRC.

Despite being the final Energy Pipelines CRC Research Conference, the event marks the beginning of a series of initiatives over the next 12 months to celebrate the legacy of the Energy Pipelines CRC. These include the refurbishment of the Energy Pipelines CRC website as well as additional printed materials to be distributed to participants. CEO David Norman concluded the event by reminding all present that the work of the Energy Pipelines CRC is far from complete and is confident that over the next twelve months, all remaining milestones will be achieved.


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