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Venues: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit and The Great Hall, Parliament House

Tuesday 23 May 2017
1000–1800Registration, Level 1 foyer, QT Canberra
How do Industry Growth Centres engage with business and researchers to boost sector competitiveness?
Ballroom 2Ballroom 3Studio 1Studio 2Studio 3Studio 4
1100–1300Mission: Impossible-Engagement Protocol

Food Innovation Australia Ltd

Mr Angus Crossan, Manager-Innovation & Mr George Peppou, Design Innovation Practitioner
MTPConnect engagement strategies and initiatives


Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
A guide to how we can advance Australia’s Manufacturing Industry

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Mr Mike Grogan, Director, Southern Region & Mr Tim Gibson, Director, Members and Partnerships
Industry driven collaborative innovation: METS creating mines of the future

METS Ignited

Dr Kane Usher, General Manager – Innovation
Global opportunities to solve big challenges in cyber security

Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

Mr Mike Bareja, National Network Program Manager
Maximising opportunities for the Energy Resources Sector

National Energy Resources Australia

Ms Jill Stajduhar, GM Industry Research & Innovation
Ballroom 3Ballroom 2Studio 2 & 3Studio 1
1430–1600CRC Association AGM and CEOs/Chairs Workshop
Mr Harold Lomas, Department of Education and Training

Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
Business workshop
What does the Government's focus on Innovation mean for CRCs and R&D?
Ms Anne-Marie Perret, Advisor to high growth companies, Board Member & Investor
Communication workshop
Explaining is winning
Mr David Pembroke, Founder &
CEO, contentgroup
Education workshop
CRC students: the next generation of innovative, collaborative problem solvers?
Ms Melanie Carew, Head, Corporate Affairs, Partnerships & Education, CRC for Mental Health
1600–1630Afternoon tea
Ballroom 3
1630–1800Welcome to Country

Showcasing Early Career Researchers, sponsored by CSIRO, introduced by Ms Christine Emmanuel, CSIRO

Ms Glenys Beauchamp PSM, Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, The Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society

Ballroom 1
1800–2000Welcome function – drinks and canapés, sponsored by the University of Queensland

2000–2230Optional Bettong night tour, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary (cost $100)


Wednesday 24 May 2017
0800–0900Registration, Level 1 foyer, QT Canberra
Ballroom 1Ballroom 3
0900–1030MC: Ms Alex Sloan

Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science

Mr Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
CRC Programme: A National Collaboration Exemplar?

Mr John Grill AO, Chair, Growth Centres Advisory Committee
Industry Growth Centres – facilitating industry research links
Business-Research Match-up

20-minute meeting time slots from

Don’t miss the chance to pre-book that important meeting during the conference, with any business, researcher or any conference attendee

Researchers – meet the businesses that want your ideas

Businesses – find out what R&D is out there and explore new possibilities

Investors – meet researchers and entrepreneurs looking to do the amazing

Sponsored by DST Group

1030–1100Morning tea
1100–1230Mr Philip Marcus Clark AM, Chair, Cooperative Research Centres Advisory Committee
Quality industry-led research: What the CRC Advisory Committee is looking for

Dr Alex Zelinsky, Chief Defence Scientist, DST Group
Collaborating to deliver next generation technologies
1330–1500Her Excellency Mrs Menna Rawlings CMG, British High Commissioner to Australia
Collaboration without borders

Dr Elizabeth Eastland, Director, Strategy, Market Vision & Innovation, CSIRO
CSIRO’s Collaboration Hub initiative
1500–1530Afternoon tea
1530–1700Ms Laura Tingle, Political Editor, Australian Financial Review
Innovation policy and politics: Great Intentions, perpetual false starts (or why does the front always fall off?)

Dr Susannah Eliott, CEO, Australian Science Media Centre
Post fact, post truth, fake news: where on earth is the media headed and can you still get traction

Great Grange Challenge Draw, Capital Hill Consulting
Great Hall, Parliament House
1830–1930CRC Showcase, pre-dinner drinks and canapés
1930–2230Excellence in Innovation Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Dress code: business attire/lounge suit


Thursday 25 May 2017
0800–0900Registration, Level 1 foyer, QT Canberra
Studio 1Ballroom 1Ballroom 3
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – research principles and practice
Led by: Dr Mark Glazebrook, Director, Innovation and Business Development & Acting Director, Research and Knowledge Translation, The Lowitja Institute
Collaboration Masterclass
Dr Mark Elliott, Founder & Director and Ms Hailey Cooperrider, Collaboration & Strategy Lead, Collabforge
Global trends in entrepreneurial finance
Mr Mark West, CEO & Co-founder and Mr David Williamson, Co-founder, Seedly

1030–1100Morning tea
Studio 1Ballroom 1Ballroom 3
CRC in a box
Ms Jenni Lightowlers, Founding Partner, FAL Lawyers and Ms Sally Vardy, Director, Beyond Your Numbers
Collaboration Masterclass continuedWorkshop
Effective knowledge translation – collaboration for innovation
Dr Tamika Heiden, Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia
Studio 1Ballroom 1Ballroom 3
The RapidConsensus™ approach to Strategy Development
Mr Kevin Nuttall, Director, Principal Facilitator, Waterfield
Mastering collaboration techniques
Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement and Innovation, University of Newcastle and Ms Heather Catchpole, Co-founder and Head of Content, Refraction Media
Creating a legacy
Mr Colin Daws, former Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Futures CRC; Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC; Ms Kellie Dyer, Former Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation
Chaired by Dr Valerie Linton, former CEO, Energy Pipelines CRC
1500Conference close