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30 July 2013

The New Horizons Centre
The New Horizons Centre

A new state-of-the-art facility located at Monash University’s Clayton campus will transform manufacturing in areas such as biomedicine, transport, aerospace engineering and mineral processing.

The New Horizons Centre, located within the Clayton Innovation Precinct, was officially opened by the Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Minister for Higher Education, Senator the Hon Kim Carr on Tuesday 30 July.

New Horizons will co-locate and integrate more than 400 staff from Monash and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), supported by platforms for global research and teaching collaboration through state-of-the-art information communications technology and will facilitate greater linkages with business and the community.

Monash University’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Ed Byrne said the opening of the centre would reinforce the University’s position as a world leader in research. 

“The high-quality work being undertaken in New Horizons is structured around research and development of national and international importance,” Professor Byrne said.

“By bringing together scientists and engineers from Monash University and CSIRO, and building on the two organisations’ existing research strengths, the facility will have a positive and lasting influence in fields such as manufacturing, biological engineering, renewable energy, and modeling and simulation.

“The addition of New Horizons will establish the Clayton Innovation Precinct as the most significant technology hub in the southern hemisphere.”

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Information Technology, Professor Frieder Seible said the idea behind the facility was to accommodate the meeting of engineering, IT, and other sciences, allowing for exciting and impactful research across departmental, faculty, and institutional boundaries.

“It’s a different academic approach that will lead to a different research approach, and this is what we will see at the New Horizon Centre. Its wide range of state-of-the-art equipment and core facilities will support the highest quality research, research training and collaboration in science, engineering and technology,” Professor Seible said.

“New Horizons will change the research paradigm with world-class researchers from different and diverse backgrounds tackling some of the emerging areas of research, such as new sustainable means of generating energy, bringing the design and synthesis skills of engineers into the realm of biology and medicine, and developing new materials for drug delivery and regenerative medicine."

Co-funded by the Commonwealth Government, Monash and the CSIRO,New Horizons will also enable the more efficient use of major facilities already in the Clayton Innovation Precinct, including the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy, the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication, the Australian Synchrotron, the Victorian Organic Solar Cell Consortium and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute.

The head office of the Australian Manufacturing Innovation Precincts (AMIP) will also be located at New Horizons. The AMIP will be the first of up to 10 such precincts to be established under A Plan for Australian Jobs – the Australian Government’s Industry and Innovation Statement.