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CORE Connect Webinar Series – Collaborative Rail R&D – Successes, Challenges and Future Opportunities

August 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+10

Funded jointly by participating Australian rail organisations and the Commonwealth Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program, the Rail Manufacturing CRC began operations in 2014 for a term of six years, with a focus of driving the development of new products, technologies and supply chain networks to enhance the competitiveness of Australia’s rail manufacturing industry. Following the Rail Manufacturing CRC’s closure in June 2020, this CORE Presentation will focus on sharing the Centre’s project successes, challenges and future opportunities to pursue in rail R&D.

What are the main take-aways/key learnings?

The presentation will provide an overview of the following:

  • history of the industry push to set up a Rail Manufacturing CRC including the On Track to 2040 consultation;
  • an overview of the RMCRC, its focus on addressing the priorities of On Track to 2040 and the outcomes of these projects;
  • the significant changes the heavy haul and rail manufacturing sector over the last six years, the consolidation of the industry and the effect on R&D;
  • the emerging skills shortage and the changing multi disciplinary technical skill sets to address future rail needs;
  • future domestic opportunities; and
  • likely future R&D priorities (from an RMCRC perspective).

Keynote Speaker: Stuart Thomson, CEO of the Rail Manufacturing CRC

Stuart completed his PhD at the UNSW before undertaking postdoctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Coal Research in Germany. Upon returning to Australia, he worked at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), where he set up and led one of Australia’s key Nuclear and Radiological forensic and monitoring programs. Stuart moved to Note Printing Australia, where he led the Technical Development group responsible for the initial development of the new banknote series, banknote quality evaluation and the counterfeit analysis laboratory. Following this, he led the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, which funded R&D, extension and marketing research for the Australian wine sector, prior to commencing as CEO of Rail Manufacturing CRC in April 2015, a membership organisation devoted to the development of new innovation for the rail sector.

Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) 2021 is presenting at CORE, 21-23 June 2021 in Perth.
To learn more about the CORE program and to register visit this website
CORE Connect webinar series will showcase presenters from the conference in the lead up to June 2021.
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Supported by the Rail Technical Society of Australia (RTSA)