Precinct

Together, ANU and CSIRO constitute a first-rate innovation system capable of addressing complex agricultural and food-security challenges.

We are located in the vibrant innovation precinct between ANU and CSIRO. By creating a nexus between these two institutions, CEAT utilises the first-class facilities, expertise, and capabilities of both.

The Precinct includes the superior research capability in plant, environmental and computer sciences, robotics, economics, social sciences and policy contributed by ANU, and CSIRO’s translation capacity in the agriculture/food industries and strong partnerships with large corporations. 

Beyond disciplinary expertise, CSIRO and ANU bring a set of valuable intellectual and physical resources to the Precinct.  This includes a strong infrastructure base to enable technology experimentation and innovation to benefit the agricultural sector in the face of current challenges.

Interdisciplinary

In our agri-tech innovation precinct, our interdisciplinary approach means that problems are addressed through biological, environmental and agricultural scientists working closely with computer scientists, engineers, economists, social scientists and policy specialists.

Problems and solutions need to be industry-aligned and designed in ways where entrepreneurial mindsets are encouraged. Entrepreneurship is crucial, having the potential to develop and regenerate economies, while also meeting the wider needs of communities

World-class research and infrastructure

As a place-based innovation ecosystem, we have a wealth of resources and expertise within walking distance, supported by an anchor plus model – meaning we are located in an urban centre, well-connected, including a cluster of related businesses (such as our Innovation Hub Members) anchored by major institutions – in our case ANU and CSIRO.

Our precinct includes expertise in:

Agriculture: CSIRO Agriculture and Food works broadly across agribusiness, including digital technologies for on-farm decision support. Their mission is to help Australian farmers and industry improve productivity and sustainability. ANU Sustainable Farms is creating a sustainable future for Australian farmers by building on 20 years of agricultural research to better understand relationships between environmental management, mental health and financial success.

Biology: The ANU Research School of Biology is devoted to the study of biological processes in plants, animals and humans. It is home to over 60 academics and their research groups. Infrastructure in the precinct includes as plant growth facilities, animal housing and a pool of large equipment.

Environment: CSIRO Land and Water delivers innovative solutions to the complex challenges that arise from the demands and impacts of human activities on the environment, with research strengths in water, sustainability and future science platforms. The ANU Fenner School is a world-leading centre for cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability research and education, connecting science to practice and policy. Fenner’s expertise includes the effects of fire and climate, agricultural landscapes, hydrology, irrigation, crop pollination, soil science, biodiversity, forestry and grazing management.

Engineering: Research in the ANU Research School of Engineering encompasses materials and manufacturing, robotics, telecommunications, systems, and control of massively complex networks. ANU Makerspace is available to CEAT Hub Members to create prototypes. The Precinct is also home to the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

Computer science: Data 61 is creating Australia’s data-driven future and has two sites within the Precinct. The National Computational Infrastructure provides expert services to government, science and industry through high-performance data organisation. The ANU has strengths in of algorithms, logic and artificial intelligence through the Research School in Computer Science, the Cyber Institute and 3Ai.

Business and economics: Entrepreneurship and transformative innovation are among the research and education strengths of the ANU College of Business and Economics.

Public policy: The Crawford School of Public Policy is the region’s leading public policy school, with outstanding research focused on Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and beyond. Crawford School has a unique concentration of researchers concerned with integrity of public policy and governance systems.

Science communication: The Centre for Public Awareness of Science conducts research into best practice for communicating science to the public, including issues such as emerging technologies and climate change. CSIRO has a Discovery Centre in the Precinct that is open to the public, and provides hands-on science experiences for children. The same building is home to the editorial team for CSIRO’s Double Helix magazine for children.

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