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Canola, the first ‘made-in-Canada’ crop, was a product of university research and became a huge economic boon to the country. In this 2016 photo, riders and their horses pass through a canola field near Cremona, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

In search of another canola: How to capitalize on Canadian research

Canola is an example of an innovation that sprung from university research and became a major economic boon to Canada. It should be happening more often.
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice. from www.shutterstock.com

Academics do want to engage with business, but need more support

Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
Don’t be lured into collaboration just because it’s what everyone else seems to be doing. from www.shutterstock.com

Ten rules for successful research collaboration

Between 50-75% of all collaborations fail. Here are some tips on how to set up a successful collaboration between academia and industry.
Managing the risks of industry-researcher collaboration: Coca-Cola got caught for funding scientists who shifted blame for obesity away from bad diets. from www.shutterstock.com

Australia’s innovation agenda: embracing risk or gambling with public health?

The innovation report fails to mention the risk of bias for researchers collaborating with industry. We must ensure that researchers maintain their independence.
Research must have an impact – but what’s the best way to measure it? www.shutterstock.com

Watt report suggests financial incentives for measuring research impact

A government report on research funding and policy has recommended introducing a funding incentive to ensure university research benefits society and business.
The iPhone is a good example of an entire industry built on the back of publicly funded research outcomes. The ‘iPhone fish’ is designed to teach people healthy eating through portion size control. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

There is no easy way to measure the impact of university research on society

Publicly-funded research should contribute to society in some way. But we need to think carefully about how we create a system that allows us to measure the impact of research.

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