The South Australian NRM Research and Innovation Network was formed in early 2011 as a partnership between NRM researchers and decision makers to improve communication and knowledge sharing, encourage collaboration, and to seek new opportunities for research and science partnerships. The Network partners include the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), the SA NRM Boards, the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia, Flinders University, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and SA Water.

The South Australian NRM science community is highly diverse, with more than 2000 natural resource researchers and scientists, as well as more than 20,000 natural resource decision makers, incorporating government agencies, NGOs and landholders.

The network provides the scaffolding for this community to be connected. The primary audiences are those at the coalface – the researchers and the natural resource managers. It provides the information and support that this community most need, whether it is access to the latest research outputs, who the experts are in different fields, funding opportunities, targeted Honours programs and scholarships, or assistance with project development such as ARC Linkage.

The network is governed by a steering committee, chaired by the CE of DEWNR, with representatives from the universities, PIRSA and SA Water. The Network Facilitator is Dr Jennie Fluin, who can be contacted on jennie.fluin@sa.gov.au or 0434 950 885.