Australia has a history of successful partnerships between industry and research. Some good examples of these include:
- needleless vaccines delivered through the Nanopatch, developed by Vaxxas and the University of Queensland;
- low-cost, low earth orbiting satellites to solve communications issues across a wide range of industries from defence to agriculture, developed by by Myriota and the University of South Australia; and
- ‘green steel’ from recycled plastics and rubber tyres using a technique developed by UNSW and Arrium Ltd.
Successes like these all start somewhere – sparked by an opportunity or a conversation. STA’s event Science meets Business provides you with the opportunity to find your spark.
Got an idea that needs some research?
We’ll have a range of scientists and technologists in attendance, all with a passion and desire to work with business leaders like yourself.
Got some research that you want to commercialise?
We’ll have a range of investors, entrepreneurs, and influential members of the business community taking part in November, who are ready and willing to share their experiences and advice. We hope you will be keen to share yours too!
Speakers will include Ministers, Shadow Ministers, and Australia’s highest profile business and STEM leaders, and the day-long event will include numerous opportunities to expand your network and meet other like-minded professionals.
2016 wrap up
Around 200 leaders from research, the private sector and government gathered in Melbourne in October for Science & Technology Australia’s second annual Science meets Business.
Through presentations and lively discussion, the event examined cultural, policy and economic barriers to better collaboration between the STEM research sector and the corporate sector of all sizes.
Keynote speaker Joanna Batstone, head of IBM Research Australia and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Australia and New Zealand, kicked off the day with an inspiring keynote and success stories of corporate investment in R&D.
Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Hon Craig Laundy MP and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science Senator Kim Carr gave the Government and Opposition perspectives.
Panels on the nexus between Government, research and industry, entrepreneurship, emerging technology and hunting for the next big thing featured a wealth of experience and wisdom from a range of leaders in industry, science, universities and agencies. – Kylie Walker, CEO, Science & Technology Australia