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More than 40 people attended BCIA’s most recent research symposium with research project updates from BCIA, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC), HRL Technology and HRL Developments.

To date, BCIA’s community skills activities have primarily focussed on building a consensus around requirements and this has necessitated engagement with a large number of stakeholders.

Throughout this year, BCIA CEO, Dr Gurney, has held awareness-raising meetings with State and Federal parliamentary representatives for the Morwell area, Latrobe City Council, Regional Development Australia and the Victorian Departments of Planning and Community Development and Business and Innovation.

In recent months, Dr Gurney was also invited to address a lunch time session at Victoria’s Parliament House on some of the challenges and opportunities for environmentally sustainable use of brown coal as part of the ‘Science in Parliament’ program.

Following his address, Dr Gurney met with State and Federal parliamentary representatives for Morwell, Mr Darren Chester and Mr Russell Northe, to discuss BCIA’s skills and funding activities.

Throughout the first half of this year, BCIA has also instigated and participated in a range of briefings with government departments, industry, energy and research provider representatives and various business and industry publications.


Earlier this year, BCIA launched our regular stakeholder e-newsletter, Perspectives on Brown Coal; this being the fourth edition. The newsletter has been very well received and has driven a 177 per cent increase in traffic to BCIA’s website compared with the same period last year.

BCIA was again proud to be a foundation partner of the second National Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) conference held in Perth from 21 to 23 October this year. The conference is the major activity of National CCS Week; a biennial Australian-based event which provides a focus for CCS as an essential part of the global greenhouse gas mitigation portfolio.

BCIA Research Fellow, Prof Klaus Hein, addressed the conference and Dr Gurney chaired a plenary session

titled ‘CCS Research and Demonstration’. As part of National CCS Week, BCIA also sponsored a seminar and site tour of the Latrobe Valley to inform the community about research and development in CCS technologies.

Dr Gurney presented the first prize award for Fossil Fuel Projects (including Carbon Capture & Storage) as a major sponsor of the AIE Postgraduate Student Energy Awards held in Melbourne during October.

The prize was presented to Andri Halim, a third year PhD student from the University of Melbourne for his project on Nano-flowers to capture CO2. As one of

BCIA CEO, Dr Phil Gurney presents the Fossil Fuel
Award to Andri Halim

the highest award winners, Mr Halim will go on to represent Victoria at the AIE National Postgraduate Student Energy Awards to be held in conjunction with the AIE National Conference in Sydney in November.

ABOVE: Student award winner, Andri Halim, explains his poster to a conference delegate.

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