Snapshot Issue 02.19

01 Breakthrough

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A rapid response to a deadly disease

Infectious disease breakouts are a real threat. Throughout human history, they've killed more people than apex predators, wars or natural disasters combined. Medical experts realise though that history will repeat itself – and that someday another pathogen will emerge with the potential to become the next global epidemic. They call it 'Disease X' and are already preparing the tools they’ll use to fight it, like the 'molecular clamp' - a breakthrough technology developed by the University of Queensland (UQ). UQ will use our Advanced Biomedical Manufacturing Platform to create a vaccine that’s capable of being rapidly mass-produced in response to threats.

02 Research

Mass fish deaths causing distress

Blue-green algae blooms have been causing widespread devastation in our waterways. Our water scientists have a long-standing program building up an understanding of the complex chain of events that leads to an algal bloom. We’re looking at the science behind the recent toxic algae outbreak and the mass loss of fish. So what's next?

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Data visualisation for drought relief

The severity of the current drought has certainly got everyone thinking about what we can do to help our farmers. We’ve developed an online tool that brings together information on weather conditions, agricultural industries, state government drought declared areas and government drought support. Explore the National Drought Map.

03 Discoveries

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04 People

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Our researchers honoured for Australia Day

From pioneering work in plant biology to tracking the evolution of the Universe, and helping us understand why galaxies change over cosmic time – we’re giving a big shout out to three CSIRO researchers who have contributed game-changing science and have rounded out the Australia Day Honours list this year. Come and say g'day.


Foot and mouth above the rest

The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has an exciting new position for an experienced Research Scientist to join a project team working on foot and mouth disease (FMD) virus. AAHL seeks to appoint a qualified research scientist with demonstrated experience in virology, immunology and molecular biology to assist in the management and execution of the FMD Ready Project.

Machining apprentice wanted

In this diverse role, you will design, scope and implement initiatives to provide support for scientific research in a diverse range of laboratory and field situations across a range of different research projects. The ability to effectively engage with customers, both face-to-face and virtually, whilst using skills for the fabrication of components and systems within the workshop, will be critical.

05 Participate

Good guts weigh up

Poor gut health has direct links with obesity: Bad diets contribute to an unhealthy gut which can result in symptoms such as bloating, frequent heart burn, abdominal pain and constipation, and people who are overweight or obese are more likely to experience these symptoms. So have you got the guts to to help your health?

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A world to feed

We know that what we eat affects our health, but poor diets are just as bad for the environment as our waist lines. How do we feed a growing population with nutritious food without depleting the planet’s resources? We’re using science to make farming more sustainable and people healthier.


Watch Student's new way to help purify water
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