Professor Cathy Robinson, Research Director/ Principal Research Scientist for CSIRO-CDU is attending this year’s event, discussing “Building collaboration in biosecurity innovation systems”.

Cathy Robinson

Biosecurity is often conceptualised and managed as an issue of biological risk. However turning the focus to how to build collaboration between stakeholders can shed new light on why and how biosecurity surveillance programs can be successful-or not.

In this presentation I’ll draw on a 3 year program of work which has engaged industry and remote community partners across Northern Australia to outline how collaboration can help build biosecurity innovation systems. This can be done by supporting a total system health approach to negotiate the evidence base used to inform biosecurity risk assessments and management responses.

Attention to partnership design to underpin innovative partnerships is also key to utilise diverse social and policy networks to translate available knowledge into context appropriate biosecurity action.