C3 relocation feedback

March 26th, 2018

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  1. The C3 facilities needs to stay open, and they will need to stay open in Parkville and I will tell you why.

    The C3 crystallisation facility is a one of a kind operation and to my knowledge unique in this world in regards to its ISO-standards, experiment reproducibility, data presentation, and continuous innovation and development of tools that are not only useful to me, but widely applicable to the field in general.

    To the structural biology community of Melbourne but also the rest of Australia and New Zealand, the availability of this facility is a significantly contributing factor to the research output generated.

    Because of its importance, the relocation of C3 needs to be considered with utter most care with both the user base, and its staff in mind. A large proportion of the users come from the La Trobe University in Bundoora, as well as the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, the Melbourne University, Bio 21, and RMIT in the Parkville area.

    A proposed move to the Clayton area which would be near the Synchrotron would potentially be a detrimental thing because of three reasons: 1) The distance to the above stated user base would increase by a non-trivial amount, and 2) the Monash campus has its own crystallisation facility, and has demonstrated no interest in joining forces with the C3 crystallisation facility.

    The current location of CSIRO being in the Parkville area is key to its success and thus the C3 facilities needs to stay in Parkville for it to remain relevant.

  2. I completely agree with everything that Michael has written above.

    The site of the relocation is unclear, but moving C3 to be closer to the synchrotron risks duplicating the exisiting Monash crystallisation facility (to the detriment of both) as well as moving C3 away from a major user base. C3 is currently within walking distance to most research institutes in the Parkville precinct, and sees heavy use by users at my institute (Bio21) as well as WEHI, Melbourne University, etc.

  3. I completely agree with everything that Michael and Riley have written above.
    So instead of saying the exact same thing again, I will add the following.

    As I understand the main issue is a money issue regarding the sale of the building. The building being more attractive for realestate than for keeping as a scientific base from CSIRO’s point of view. So my suggestion would be that the C3 users and CSIRO come together to find a location in the Parkville precinct for C3 to relocate, that would be free or cheap enough, in the eyes of CSIRO. I am thinking some space in the VCCC building, at WEHI or any institute in the vicinity or even Melbourne University. The facility will still need to be a CSIRO facility though for us to be able to use all the software and servers that makes C3 what it is. So even though we can find a space in Parkville, C3 needs to stay independent from the host institute. It’s a challenge, but I am sure that if the users sit together and have a think they must be some free space that is not used somewhere and that could be spared for C3.
    Otherwise, if the original plan of moving C3 to Clayton campus stands, it will be detrimental for all the structural biology community in the Parkville precinct and beyond.

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