Primary Industries Innovation Centre
The Primary Industries Innovation Centre (PIIC) is a partnership between NSW Department of Primary Industries and the University of New England to boost primary industries research, extension and training outcomes, with a special focus on the New England – North West Region of NSW.
What is the scope of PIIC?
The PIIC is concerned with all elements of the research, development and extension (R,D&E) process. Each of the PIIC’s five themes contains the elements of innovation, impact and delivery.
Innovation: R&D emphasising product development and value adding, with added discretionary investment in ‘blue sky’ research (biotechnology, nanotechnology and systems research).
Impact: policy development about primary industries in the target zone for all levels of government and industry stakeholders.
Delivery: new ways of extending and commercialising improved technologies and sustainable practices, taking in the full social and economic context.
1. Improving economic outcomes for producers and communities
- improved productivity of primary producers
- new products and value-adding
- improved economic strength of rural communities
2. Integrating natural resource management and production improvement
- Tools for sustainable improvement in productivity from natural resources
- Better conservation strategies
3. Introducing and supporting the next generation of primary producers
- future generations of farmers that are well educated, financially viable, and prepared for lifelong learning and innovation.
4. Reducing the impact of transaction costs on sustainable production
- increased efficiency and competitiveness of primary production through lower transaction costs for buying and selling, administration and legal compliance
5. Improving the risk profile of primary production
- strategies to minimise the impacts of climatic and market variation on primary production
- fewer impacts from the introduction of new weeds, insect pests and plant and animal diseases
The PIIC creates exciting opportunities for research and development and career development.
You should contact a member of the Research Coordination Working Group if you are interested in joining the PIIC for:
- honours projects
- graduate degrees or
- postdoctoral research
The PIIC offers scholarships at undergraduate and graduate levels.
Visit the PIIC website: http://www-uat.une.edu.au/piic/
Board of Management
- Professor Peter Flood, Chair*
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research & Development, UNE
- Professor Margaret Sedgley
Executive Dean, Faculty of The Sciences, UNE
- Dr Mike Curll
Deputy Director-General, Science & Research, NSW DPI
- Ms Helen Scott-Orr
Director, Health Sciences and Strategic Alliances, NSW DPI
Research Coordination Working Group
Dr Bob Martin, Director*
Director, Tamworth Agricultural Institute, NSW DPI
Phone: +61 2 6763 1258
Professor John Gibson
Director, The Institute for Genetics and Bioinformatics, UNE
Phone: +61 2 6773 2930
Professor Hugh Ford
Head, School of Environmental Science and Natural Resources Management, UNE
Phone: +61 2 6773 2376
Associate Professor Geoff Hinch
Head, School of Rural Science and Agriculture, UNE
Phone: +61 2 6773 2202
Professor Paul Martin
Director, Australian Centre for Agriculture and Law, UNE
Phone: +61 2 6773 3811
Dr John Ayres
Research Leader, Pasture Genetics & Improvement, NSW DPI
Phone: +61 2 6730 1930
Dr Steve Kennelly
Director, Systems Research & Chief Scientist, NSW DPI
Phone: +61 2 9527 8532
Dr Peter Parnell
Research Leader, Beef Genetics and Improvement, NSW DPI
Phone: +61 2 6770 1801
*The positions of Chair and Director alternate between the UNE and NSW DPI annually.