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Delegates attending The Education and Research Forum at Smart 2007 Conference will learn the results from a year-long effort towards implementing key logistics and supply chain initiatives, and be part of ongoing discussion to maintain and improve skills.

The forum takes place on June 19, 2007, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

Under the guidance of the Transport and Logistics Centre (TALC), significant progress has been made on plans set in place at the 2005 Smart Education and Research Forum.

At that Forum, objectives for the transport and logistics sector were established by representatives from all segments of industry and education. These included addressing skills shortages and ensuring formal recognition and acceptance between levels of learning and accreditations issued at each level.

In the 12 months since the previous Smart Education and Research Forum, TALC has investigated, created and administered several elements and initiated an Attract, Recruit and Retrain program which offers opportunities for students through to mature age individuals.

TALC is also assembling what is believed to be the first complete mapping of all transport, logistics and supply chain tertiary education programs in Australia. On completion this project will allow current and prospective students to compare vital areas of these industries, assess possible credits within a course and - most importantly - ascertain which structure is best suited to their individual needs.

The 2007 Education and Research Forum will build on this work and set in place further objectives. A Call for Papers is now available at www.smartconference.com.au seeking speakers who can contribute on current and future directions in the fields of professional development; industry innovation in training; knowledge management; and people versus required capabilities.

Smart 2007 will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from June 20-21, 2007. The conference is organised by: Logistics Association of Australia Ltd (LAA); Australasian Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS); The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australia (CIPSA); and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in Australia (CILTA).

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