Our innovative research is divided into four complementary programs:
CRC CARE was launched in 2005 as part of the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program and in 2011 successfully bid for a further nine years of funding. The CRC Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.
Under the CRC model, CRC CARE’s Participants comprise research partners (several leading universities and CSIRO) and industry partners (entities that need to deal with contaminated sites and environmental contamination). Our industry partners span companies whose operations require contamination to be managed or remediated (e.g. mining companies and the Department of Defence), government regulators (including several state environment protection authorities), and environmental consultancies (the companies that are commissioned to clean up contaminated sites).
By bringing together these sometimes disparate stakeholders, CRC CARE ensures that our researchers work on solving the problems that industry needs solved, and develop technologies and knowledge that are of economic benefit to industry and at the same time enhance or protect human and ecological health.
CRC CARE has 29 industry, research and government partners (known as Participants). A full list can be found here.
CRC CARE is governed by a board of directors. CRC CARE Directors serve a term of two years with one half by number retiring on the date of each annual general meeting. The Board includes an independent Chairman who is elected annually. A list of the current board members is available here.
There are a number of ways that you can collaborate with CRC CARE. To discuss your options please contact Professor Ravi Naidu.
The opportunites for PhD projects and funding is constantly changing. The list of current projects is available here.
Remediation is the act of remediating (cleaning up) and/or containing contaminants so as to minimise their impact on human health and the environment.
Land and water have been contaminated through past activities, and the remediation of such land and water bodies is important for a healthy society.
Although it is impossible to prevent all chemical spills, intentional releases, natural disasters and accidents that lead to contamination, prevention is still a primary goal of most governments and industries.
The process of cleaning up contaminants can involve: