Tuesday 23 May

How do Industry Growth Centres engage with business and researchers to boost sector competitiveness?
1100–1300Mission: Impossible-Engagement ProtocolMTPConnect engagement strategies and initiativesIndustry driven collaborative innovation: METS creating mines of the futureA guide to how we can advance Australia’s Manufacturing IndustryMaximising opportunities for the Energy Resources SectorGlobal opportunities to solve big challenges in cyber security
1430–1600CRC Association AGM and CEOs/Chairs workshopBusiness workshop
What does the Government’s focus on Innovation mean for CRCs and R&D?
Communication workshop
Explaining is winning
Education workshop
CRC students: the next generation of innovative, collaborative problem solvers?

Thursday 25 May

0900–1030Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – research principles and practiceCollaboration MasterclassGlobal trends in entrepreneurial finance
1100–1230CRC in a boxEffective knowledge translation
1330–1500The RapidConsensus™ approach to Strategy DevelopmentCreating a legacyMastering collaboration techniques


How do Industry Growth Centres engage with business and researchers to boost sector competitiveness? (6 workshops)

Tuesday 23 May 1100–1300

Industry Growth Centres can assist with establishing an industry driven R&D agenda including translation to commercial outcomes. This series of workshops will include:

  • How Growth Centres and current CRCs can work together to translate CRC outcomes into commercial propositions
  • Working together to identify opportunities to address industry priorities, including through establishing CRCs or CRC-Ps that address industry needs

Each of the six Industry Growth Centres will host a separate workshop.

1. Mission: Impossible-Engagement Protocol, Food Innovation Australia Ltd

Presenters: Mr Angus Crossan, Manager-Innovation, FIAL & Mr George Peppou, Design Innovation Practitioner, UTS Design Innovation Research Centre

‘Mission: Impossible–Engagement Protocol’ is a program that connects researchers and businesses in the agri-food sector to identify and develop technologies for new domestic and export markets.

This workshop is presented by FIAL and is for anyone interested in engagement and innovation within the F&A sector. The session will provide insights, practical examples of tools, and the overall approach for the program. By the end of the workshop it is anticipated participants will have several practical tools to take back into their organisation.

Outline of workshop:

  • Mission Impossible: overall program logic and how to get involved.
  • How this is applied to research: tools and techniques to develop an industry-facing value proposition
  • How this is applied industry: an approach to understanding current and future business models and customers
  • Curating Food and Agribusiness connections nationally
  • Building trust and creating collaborations

2. MTPConnect engagement strategies and initiatives, MTPConnect

Presenter: Dr Alfredo Martinez-Coll, General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement

Medtech and Pharma mega trends, progress on regulatory and clinical reforms, and working better together on commercialisation outcomes.

3. Industry driven collaborative innovation: METS creating mines of the future, METS Ignited

Presenter: Dr Kane Usher, General Manager – Innovation

4. A guide to how we can advance Australia’s Manufacturing Industry, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Presenters: Mr Mike Grogan, Director, Southern Region & Mr Tim Gibson, Director, Members and Partnerships

5. Maximising opportunities for the Energy Resources Sector, National Energy Resources Australia

Presenter: Ms Jill Stajduhar, GM Industry Research & Innovation

6. Global opportunities to solve big challenges in cyber security, Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

Presenter: Mr Mike Bareja, National Network Program Manager

CRC Association AGM and CEOs/Chairs workshop

Mr Harold Lomas
Mr Harold Lomas, Manager, Research Funding and Policy Branch, Department of Education and Training

Tuesday 23 May 1430–1600

After the CRC Association AGM, there will be two guest speakers:

  1. Changes to university Research Block Grants and what it means for CRCs
    Mr Harold Lomas, Manager, Research Funding and Policy Branch Department of Education and Training, will cover the recent and anticipated future changes to the Research Training Program and the Research Support Program and how it may impact Cooperative Research Centres.
  2. Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (TBC)

What does the Government’s focus on Innovation mean for CRCs and R&D?

Ms Anne-Marie Perret
Ms Anne-Marie Perret, Advisor to high growth companies, Board Member & Investor

Tuesday 23 May 1430–1600

Companies participating in Cooperative Research Centres reap many benefits, including access to the R&D tax incentives. Following the Ferris, Finkel and Fraser Review of the R&D tax arrangements, it is more important than ever that CRCs fully inform participants (and potential participants) of their entitlements. Anne-Marie Perret, experienced in accessing R&D funding and investment for companies, will cover recent changes including:

  • The NISA announcements and what these announcements mean for CRCs
  • How the R&D tax incentive could help CRC participants and what reporting CRCs need to provide participants for any claim their participants might make.
  • How does the R&D tax incentive potentially apply to any CRC spin out companies? What factors should be considered when structuring the spin out company?
  • Other factors  to consider when a CRC is spinning out research/IP into a company such as the early stage investor tax credit.

Explaining is winning

David Pembroke
Mr David Pembroke, Founder & CEO, contentgroup

Tuesday 23 May 1430–1600

Communicating effectively with citizens and stakeholders is an urgent priority for all government and public sector organisations. It’s an increasingly complex task.

In this session, David Pembroke, the founder and CEO of contentgroup, will examine the impact of the changes transforming government and public sector communication. He will then explain how content communication can help you earn the attention of your audience in order to build strong and trusted relationships with citizens and stakeholders over time.

CRC students: the next generation of innovative, collaborative problem solvers?

Ms Melanie Carew
Ms Melanie Carew, Head, Corporate Affairs, Partnerships and Education, CRC for Mental Health

Tuesday 23 May 1430–1600

CRC education programs have the ability to act as innovation hubs, with the flexibility to trial novel approaches to student training and development. The CRC model of close relationships with both industry and universities mean that individual CRCs are in a unique position to provide value-added training to students which significantly improves their future career prospects, as well as developing a future workforce that can contribute to the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.

This interactive workshop will:

    • Demonstrate approaches the CRC for Mental Health has used to develop cohesive student cohorts who strongly identify with the CRC within short time frames
    • Detail several collaborative student-led programs trialled by the CRC for Mental Health which can be adapted or taken up in their current format by other CRCs, universities or research institutes
Ms Edith Drajkopyl
Ms Edith Drajkopyl, PhD student, CRC for Mental Health
Ms Karra Harrington
Ms Karra Harrington, PhD student, CRC for Mental Health
  • Provide opportunities to hear directly from CRC for Mental Health PhD students about how their involvement in a CRC has shaped their perception of available careers
  • Describe sector-wide approaches taken by CRCs to meet industry needs
  • Describe international models which can inform CRC education programs.


Collaboration Masterclass

Hailey Cooperrider
Ms Hailey Cooperrider, Collaboration and Strategy Lead, Collabforge
Dr Mark Elliott
Dr Mark Elliott, Founder and Director, Collabforge

Thursday 25 May 0900–1230 (note double session)


Facilitated by collaboration experts from Collabforge, this workshop will explore the ideas, theory and methodology of collaboration, combined with hands on learning opportunities.

Be prepared to push the boundaries and have fun as we dive into collaboration – a challenging, necessary and often difficult process.

We will do more than just talk: as we collaborate, you will gain insight into your own strengths and weaknesses while learning techniques for how to build your capability.

Learning outcomes

Collaboration is a powerful tool for improving research outcomes, and translating research into impact through partnerships. You can achieve better quality outcomes with more support if you bring people along. But it only works if you know how to do it well.

This half day workshop is designed to provide immersive activity-based learning and strong networking opportunities to:

  • Increase depth of understanding and language regarding the process and application of collaboration
  • Identify key risks, opportunities and practical techniques
  • Apply the methods in a supportive and engaging learning environment

Global trends in entrepreneurial finance

Mark West
Mr Mark West, Founder and CEO, SEEDLY

Thursday 25 May 0900–1030

In this workshop we’ll take a global look at how entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors are funding the growth of their businesses. There are many options available for funding, some old and some new. Yet many new businesses fail to secure the funding they need to grow rapidly, or they waste inordinate amounts of time doing so, damaging their momentum in the process.

We’ll take a look at some of the benefits and costs of different funding methods and explore the evolution of some newer models for financing business growth, including equity crowdfunding and the state of maturity in different international markets.

Critically, we’ll look at what is needed for a successful equity crowdfunding campaign… and what investors need to know about investing in early stage businesses via this new model.

Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – research principles and practice

Dr Mark Glazebrook
Dr Mark Glazebrook, Director, Innovation and Business Development & Acting Director, Research and Knowledge Translation, The Lowitja Institute

Thursday 25 May 0900–1030

Led by: Dr Mark Glazebrook, Director, Innovation and Business Development & Acting Director, Research and Knowledge Translation, The Lowitja Institute

The workshop will include presentations by Dr Tamara Mackean from Flinders University, and by Ms Tammy Abbott (Senior Research Officer), Ms Miliwanga Wurrben (Aboriginal Community Researcher) and Mr Rod Reeve (Managing Director), from the CRC for Remote Economic Participation.

Dr Mackean will talk about the Centre for Research Excellence in Social Determinants and Health Equity (CRE Health Equity), a collaborative NHMRC funded program of research exploring how equity is impacted through the development of social policy. The partners include Flinders University, Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Otago and the Lowitja Institute.  The challenge for the team is to bring together different knowledge systems, including Indigenous knowledge in order to understand agenda setting, policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. This includes the development of analysis frameworks that take account of both political theory and Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing.

Dr Tamara Mackean
Dr Tamara Mackean, Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University

She will also discuss the ‘Analysis of key factors associated with Aboriginal suicide in SA’ project—funded by the Lowitja Institute—which is examining literature and coroners’ cases, alongside community and professional expertise, in order to develop a strengths based approach to suicide intervention and prevention. Coroners’ cases will be analysed with a coding framework that includes social and cultural determinants of Indigenous health such that key factors associated with suicide are relevant to Indigenous concepts of wellbeing.

The team from CRC–REP will discuss the building of opportunities for people living in remote Australia, which has been the focus of the ‘CRC for Remote Economic Participation’ and its predecessor ‘Desert knowledge CRC’, since 2003. Both CRCs were managed by Ninti One Limited, based in Alice Springs and worked across 85% of the Australian landmass. Over 200 Aboriginal Community Researchers (ACRs) have been employed on these two CRCs, to conduct research in remote communities so that evidence-based policies and practices can be developed for use by communities and also by policy-makers in government and the private sector such as mining companies.

Mr Rod Reeve
Mr Rod Reeve, Managing Director, CRC–REP
Miliwanga Wurrben
Ms Miliwanga Wurrben, Aboriginal Community Researcher, CRC–REP
Ms Tammy Abbott
Ms Tammy Abbott, Senior Research Officer, CRC–REP

The ACRs often live in remote communities and they are culturally empathetic, can work bilingually in an inclusive, respectful and genuinely consultative way. This session will describe the approaches, methodologies and lessons learnt from using this valuable ACR capability, and it will include research case studies from across remote Australia.

CRC in a box

Ms Sally Vardy
Ms Sally Vardy, Director, Beyond Your Numbers Pty Limited
Ms Jenni Lightowlers
Ms Jenni Lightowlers, Founding Partner, FAL Lawyers

Thursday 25 May 1100–1230

More than 200 Cooperative Research Centres have been established since the commencement of the CRC Programme in 1991. CRC in a box is your opportunity to learn from the decades of experience that exists within the CRC Community. Your needs might be as simple as a form to pre-approve publications or as complex as implementation of a comprehensive IP policy. Join FAL Lawyers Jenni Lightowlers and CRC Association CFO Sally Vardy in exploring CRC in a box. Through your Membership of the CRC Association, you can access dozens of templates, discussion papers and guides that reduce the frustrations and cost of setting up, running or winding up a CRC or CRC-Project. Concentrate on delivering high impact research, rather than problems that others have already spent time on.

In this workshop, you will become familiar with the most important issues facing CRC Boards and Management, how to access CRC in a box and be able to identify issues you think should be added to the CRC Association’s library of solutions.

Effective knowledge translation – collaboration for innovation

Dr Tamika Heiden
Dr Tamika Heiden, Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia

Thursday 25 May 1100–1230

Successful knowledge translation (KT) relies upon partnerships, collaborations and, above all, personal contact between researchers and research-users, usually from the outset, which speaks to the intensely social nature of KT. The building of genuine partnerships are key to the KT process and are strong predictors of successful outcomes and research utilisation for greater impact. In joining the true nature of science with the pragmatic nature of policy, the building of trust, respect and rapport can be “more potent than logic and more compelling than evidence” (Bowen, 2005), but this takes time, open dialogues, and the development of shared goals.

The ability to generate conversations, create interactions and partnerships within and between multidisciplinary research and stakeholder groups throughout the entire research process are integral to KT. The inclusion of a variety of stakeholders, from policymakers, planners and managers private sector industries and consumer groups within different areas of research and policy, helps to shape questions and solutions while representing the interests of research user groups. Additionally, the engagement between researchers and research user groups facilitates an understanding of each other’s environments that help the utilisation process.

This interactive workshop will delve into how we can develop and better manage our collaborations, understand the user and knowledge audience needs, and minimise translation barriers while creating research impact.

Mastering collaboration techniques

Dr Sarah Pearson
Dr Sarah Pearson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Industry Engagement and Innovation, University of Newcastle
Heather Catchpole
Ms Heather Catchpole, Co-founder and Head of Content, Refraction Media

Thursday 25 May 1330–1500

In this interactive workshop, develop your key message and learn effective collaboration tools in working effectively with industry stakeholders.

How do you pitch yourself to industry, Venture Capital or other potential partners? What are the most successful ways to draw together groups from start-ups to research and government to work effectively together? In this interactive workshop, we help you to know the key tools you need to develop your pitch strategy and how and where do you use it

Heather’s key talking points:

  • Practical tips to develop your elevator pitch
  • There are many ‘languages’ that people speak depending on their sector and you may need to ‘hone’ your message

Sarah’s key talking points:

  • What industry stakeholders can be involved in partnerships and what different stakeholders are looking for
  • How you can tailor your pitch to their language depending on what they/you are looking for
  • Case studies of successful partnerships and how and why they were successful

Practical element: Choose from three activities:

  • Talk to a start-up hub about your business/research
  • Talk to a multinational to pitch your idea
  • Set up a workshop to bring a group together and talk about forming a partnership

Creating a legacy

Prof Valerie Linton
Prof Valerie Linton, former CEO, Energy Pipelines CRC

Thursday 25 May 1330–1500

Cooperative Research Centres and similar collaborations are funded for finite terms. Planning for and executing a highly professional wind-up of a collaboration is critical to securing its legacy and maximising its impact. In this workshop, the key issues for a successful legacy of a CRC will be identified and discussed.

Locking in the achievements – Mr Colin Daws, former Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Futures CRC

Articulating a vision – Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

Keeping on track – Ms Kellie Dyer, Former Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation

Mr Colin Daws
Mr Colin Daws, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, DataGene Ltd

The Dairy Futures CRC transitioned successfully to Dairy Bio in June 2016. The biosciences-based innovations delivered by the CRC will power the competitiveness of the Australian dairy industry. Genetic improvements are yielding dramatic immediate gains and triple breeding progress each year through genomic selection. Former Chief Operating Officer of the CRC, Mr Colin Daws, will outline the critical steps in planning to leave your mark on an Industry.

During the 2016 Federal Election, the Invasive Animals CRC secured promises for future funding from the Coalition, the ALP and the Australian Greens. The CRC’s proposed Centre for Invasive Species Solutions was able to capture the imaginations of politicians of all persuasions. CRC Chair, Helen Cathles, will describe the importance of taking a shared stakeholder vision to Government and how her CRC did it.

Ms Kellie Dyer
Ms Kellie Dyer, Former CRC Legacy Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation
Ms Helen Cathles
Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

The CRC for Rail Innovation wound up very successfully in 2015. Kellie Dyer, the CRC’s Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, will explain how the CRC influenced such a large and diverse industry. Through a mixed portfolio of projects, the CRC was able to bridge the wide gap between academia and industry and forge a new understanding of how knowledge can improve performance.

This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Valerie Linton, who has successfully passed the baton as the CRC for Energy Pipelines moves into its transition from CRC to industry body. Valerie will point out resources and experience available via the CRC Association’s Members’ website for effective winding-up or transitioning of a CRC.

The RapidConsensus™ approach to Strategy Development

Mr Kevin Nuttall
Mr Kevin Nuttall, Director, Principal Facilitator, Waterfield

Thursday 25 May, 1330–1500

The RapidConsensus™ approach to strategy development allows diverse groups of 20 or even 40 people to rapidly and effectively collaborate to develop their shared strategy.

There are a number of advantages to this approach:

  1. It is fast – no more piles of flip chart paper to decipher; the strategy is built in real time during the session
  2. It leverages the collective intelligence of the whole group – our maxim is ‘The smartest person in the room is the room’
  3. Everyone participates, owns the strategy and, more importantly can explain it to others.

Kevin Nuttall (Waterfield’s practice lead for strategy development) will explain the process, why it works and demonstrate how it works in this 90-minute session.

You will leave the session with a Strategy Map template and understand a radically different way to develop and execute strategy for your CRC or organisation.

Kevin has been engaged to facilitate strategy development for a number of CRCs in the past. The most recent CRCs being the Innovative Manufacturing CRC and the CO2CRC.

Tania Constable, CEO, CO2CRC:
By the time we had finished (the one day session) we had the strategy, outcomes, targets, milestones and investments, and coming out the other end every member of the board said they walked away energised. It was the best gains out of a single day using a highly efficient, spectacularly well run strategy formation where someone external can make us think, extract our ideas, and guide us using a well designed formula.