Future Science Platforms are critical to turn Australia’s future challenges into opportunities to invent a better future for us all.
Future Science Platforms (FSPs) are an investment in science that underpins innovation and that has the potential to help reinvent and create new industries for Australia. FSPs will see us grow the capability of new generation of researchers and allow Australia to attract the best students and experts to work with us on future science.
Here's a short summary of the visions behind each of our new Future Science Platforms: a multi-year, multi-disciplinary investment in our collective future - bringing CSIRO and our partners together to work on the big ideas.
We're developing the next generation decision support tools which will transform our agricultural industries and environmental planning, policy and implementation. With these advances, we will open up new partnerships, generate new revenue streams and provide a new way to recognise and manage risk and uncertainty. We will mix cutting edge science and technology with innovation in integration to anchor the research in end-user experience.
The design, fabrication, and construction of new biological parts, devices, systems, and machines, as well as the re-design of existing, natural biological systems, for useful purposes. Synthetic biology enables revolutionary advances in cellular factories, designer organisms and biological devices.
- Synthetic Biology - positioning Australia to play a role in a rapidly growing area of modern science
Environomics aims to reinvent how we measure and monitor ecosystem health, predict biodiversity responses to environmental change, manage biological resources, detect biosecurity threats and more. This next generation of environmental science will be based on genomics, phenomics, big data informatics and simulation.
- Environomics - within Australia's biodiversity are genetic resources that can give industries an edge
Deep Earth Imaging
In the future, Australia's minerals, energy and water resources will come from far greater depths in the Earth and from deep offshore sources, but our ability to find and exploit these resources is limited by the deep and complex cover of sediments and weathered material that covers 80 per cent of Australia's land mass. The science of Deep Earth Imaging will help us more precisely image subsurface rock properties to unlock the potential of this vast and relatively under-explored area.
Active Integrated Matter
Combining materials, robotics, processing and sensing technologies and autonomous science to lead ground-breaking advances at the interface of big data, advanced autonomous systems, and materials science. These inventions and advances will drive the i-manufacturing or manufacturing 4.0 revolution and put early adopter industries ahead of the competition.
A revolution in healthcare and agriculture through devices and systems to obtain real-time information from living organisms about their health and well-being. This will lead to the ability to provide health and medical interventions that are timely, customised and highly specific.
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