Foreword by Simon McKeon AO, Chairman of the CSIRO Board.
As one of Australia’s key nation-building organisations, CSIRO plays a vital and mandatable role in delivering the science that positions this country for a prosperous and sustainable future.
The Board and I continue to observe how the men and women of CSIRO deliver on the strategy, creating value for industry, working with partners in Australia and overseas, advising governments and maintaining a high global standing for quality science.
This commitment to delivering solutions to the big questions that face Australia and humanity is central to the way CSIRO is structured and the role it plays in the National Innovation System.
This year, two new National Research Flagships were launched in response to these needs. The Digital Productivity and Services Flagship was launched by the inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners Lee.
It is highly appropriate that the organisation that brought wireless local area networks ‘Wi-Fi’ to the world should keep company with such a digital luminary as Sir Tim.
And on 25 July 2013, Professor Peter Doherty AC launched the Biosecurity Flagship which will focus on protecting Australia from risks posed by serious pests and diseases. Like other Flagships, the Biosecurity Flagship assembles the strongest multidisciplinary teams to tackle major national and international challenges.
While the National Research Flagships represent 65 per cent of CSIRO’s research investment, they are not the totality of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research.
Strategic research agreements with General Electric, Orica and BP among others, as well as a strategic relationship agreement with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation are evidence of the way CSIRO is able to work with the best of the best for high impact outcomes.
In this Annual Report we present a wonderful list of scientific achievements that are making a significant contribution to industry and the community generally. It illustrates how CSIRO and its partners are making a difference in areas such as climate change, renewable energy, human health, manufacturing and food security.
I would like to congratulate the CSIRO individuals and teams that received recognition through an impressive array of awards and honours throughout the year and the Board congratulates all our people for the excellent performance of the Organisation as a whole in 2012–13.
During the year, we welcomed Ms Jane Bennett to the CSIRO Board. We also farewelled Dr Terry Cutler and Dr Don Russell. I sincerely thank them for their valuable contribution to the governance of CSIRO, particularly Terry, who joined the Board in 2002 and served as Deputy Chairman and in a number of other governance roles representing CSIRO.
On behalf of the Board of CSIRO, I would also like to acknowledge, with appreciation, the continued support of the Australian Government and our many research and commercial partners, as well as the many members of our advisory committees.
CSIRO is committed to creating a workplace where people go home, not only safely but with a sense of satisfaction from the work they do. This year we have seen increased focus on the impact of behaviours at work on everyone, through the independent review into workplace behaviour initiated by Dr Clark.
The CSIRO Board supports this investigation process and we expect to see positive outcomes as the Organisation continues to implement recommendations from that review.
It is an enormous privilege to serve as the Chairman of CSIRO and to have the constant opportunity of witnessing the fabulous work of an extraordinary Australian organisation. I take great pleasure in sharing these highlights in this year’s Annual Report.