Launch of new centres and high flying research

The Centre for Conservation Science and Technology (CCoST) and The Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre (ABCC) were officially launched on Thursday the 14th of April.

The Centre for Conservation Science and Technology (CCoST) is a provider of innovative science and technology methods and analysis to deliver practical and affordable solutions to the most pressing conservation and natural resources management challenges globally. CCoST is unique in having inter-disciplinary research strengths in biodiversity and biosecurity monitoring, conservation and restoration, and identifying illegal trade in biological products.

The Australian Bioactive Compounds Centre, is a joint research Centre between the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. The Centre applies ecological and Indigenous knowledge to improve the efficiency of identifying biologically active compounds from plants found in Australia, in particular from its unique arid environments. It works with commercial partners to fast-track these into commercially useful products in areas including medicine and agriculture.

Professor Andy Lowe and Professor Phil Weinstein gave introductions to their respective centres followed by presentations from guest speakers.

Guest Speakers were Professor Birger Møller, Professor of Plant Biochemistry, University of Copenhagen and David Emmett, Senior Vice President, Asia-Pacific Field Division of Conservation International who captivated and inspired the audience.

You can watch the full video of the launch including all of the presentations below.


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