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Explore the latest research updates, industry events and media coverage.

Diggers and Dealers Trailblazer Tours

05 July, 2024
Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 August 2024 The WA School of Mines (WASM) is set to welcome industry professionals from the resources sector for an exclusive campus tour during the highly anticipated Diggers & Dealers Conference in August. This initiative aims to foster stronger connections between academia and industry, highlighting the innovative research and educational […]

Critical Minerals Sector Briefing

20 June, 2024
On Thursday 20 June, Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer Director Rohan McDougall fronted members of Western Australia’s mining and critical minerals sector alongside industry heavyweights Bill Beament, Angela Glover, and Raj Surendran at Business News’s Critical Minerals Sector Briefing. The panel discussed the challenges facing the critical minerals industry, including difficulties in financing projects, […]

KalClay: Leading an Eco-Cement Revolution

14 June, 2024
Curtin University Research Associate, Dr Nadia Bustos Salgado, from the Mining Rock Mechanics Group in the WA School of Mines (WASM), is undertaking groundbreaking research in the heart of Australia’s mining sector at Curtin’s Kalgoorlie campus, alongside leading Professor Ernesto Villaescusa with funding support from the Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer. In the future, […]

First NETA Cohort Announced

06 June, 2024
A novel way to manufacture synthetic graphite for lithium-ion batteries and a new process for converting atmospheric carbon into sustainable aviation fuel are just some of the transformative solutions that will be supported by the inaugural National Energy Transition Accelerator (NETA) which today announced the nine teams selected for the program. Supported by the Resources […]

High-voltage technology to supercharge the mining industry

14 May, 2024
Zapping rocks with a high-voltage pulse – similar to a lightning strike – could be the answer to decarbonising the mining industry according to researchers from The University of Queensland. Researchers from UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute have developed High Voltage Pulse (HVP) technology, which uses a short-pulsed discharge similar to a lightning strike, to selectively break mineralised […]

Curtin Venture Studio Launched

01 May, 2024
Curtin University has unveiled a new multi-million dollar venture studio to fast-track innovation in the resources industry and develop new technologies to support net-zero emissions by 2050 under the Trailblazer Universities Program. The $18.6 million platform will build and accelerate the growth of start-ups that are focused on pioneering sustainable resources solutions. Assistant Minister for Education, […]

Inaugural Trailblazer Showcase

01 May, 2024
On Tuesday April 30, over 120 researchers, industry partners, and academic staff members convened at Curtin University’s TL Robertson Library for the inaugural Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer Showcase. The event provided an opportunity to update stakeholders connected to the Trailblazer on the key achievements of the program to date since Curtin University was […]

Science Meets Parliament 2024

26 March, 2024
This week, one of our early career researchers Dr Nirmala Ilankoon was invited by the Australian Government Department of Education to attend Science & Technology Australia’s Science Meets Parliament event at Australian Parliament House in Canberra on behalf of the Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Trailblazer. This event offered attendees bespoke training to forge deeper […]

National Energy Transition Accelerator Launches

13 March, 2024
Today, we launched the National Energy Transition Accelerator, a dedicated program designed to to support early-stage businesses developing solutions that will enable the resources technology and critical minerals sectors to facilitate the energy transition. Startups participating in this free 8-week program will be supported to overcome technical and market barriers to allow for rapid deployment […]

West Tech Fest

08 December, 2023
West Tech Fest ran in December 2023 and is Australia’s longest running technology and innovation festival, providing opportunities for participants to connect with global leaders as they share insights to grow successful businesses.

What’s Down the Track

21 November, 2023
Larry Lopez from the Trailblazer Board represented the team at What’s Down the Track in Kalgoorlie on 16 November 2023.

Curtinnovation Awards

20 October, 2023
The Trailblazer award was presented at the 2023 Curtinnovation Awards. The awards recognise and celebrate individuals and teams developing new innovations through research, study, or work at Curtin University.

Pilbara Summit

16 October, 2023
The Trailblazer team connected with regional audiences at the Pilbara Summit in Karratha on 10 to 11 October 2023.

Ignition Program

26 September, 2023
29 Trailblazer scholarships have been awarded for the Curtin Ignition Program which ran from 3 September to 8 September 2023.

MinRes and Curtin University join forces

22 June, 2023
Mineral Resources (MinRes) and Curtin University have joined forces to drive innovation in mining and prepare the next generation of talent for jobs of the future. The new strategic partnership combines MinRes’ expertise across lithium, iron ore, energy and mining services with Curtin University’s excellence in research and learning.

Curtin University named Trailblazer University

18 April, 2023
“This investment will turbocharge Australia’s critical minerals industry and backs in the State’s status as an economic powerhouse for the whole country.” – Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison

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