Please note that the conference program is subject to change without notice.
Zed Seselja was born in Canberra to Croatian migrants who fled Eastern Europe to build a new life in Australia. From an early age Zed’s parents taught him the importance of family, hard work, and that freedom is a precious gift that isn’t guaranteed.
He went to local Canberra schools and to the Australian National University in Canberra where he graduated with an Arts/Law degree. He then went to work for the Department of Transport.
He married Ros and when their family started to grow with the arrival of their children, Zed decided to enter politics because he wanted to do all he could to ensure the best life for his children and all Canberra families.
Zed was elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2004. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the ACT Legislative Assembly from 2007-2013.
Zed entered the Senate at the 2013 Election and has since served as Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs and currently as the Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation.
Zed will be the opening keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
Laurie Hammond’s views on collaboration, as a defining characteristic of the modern research endeavour and a critical factor in achieving greater societal benefits from research (where CRCs offer important examples), draw on his experience in research, organisational leadership, technology investment and innovation policy and programmes.
As a previous CRC Committee member and a Chair of two CRCs, Laurie has a long-held interest in CRCs as vehicles for collaboration between researchers and research-users, which is now reflected in his current research into why relatively few CRCs continue to operate after the cessation of CRC Program funding.
Since 2000, Laurie has invested in Australian early-stage technology ventures through inQbator and iQ Capital Management. He also is Chairman of the boards of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Mining3 (previously CRCMining) and Behaviour Innovation, and is a director of other technology-based ventures in Australia and USA.
He has contributed to national innovation policy and programs as Chairman of the Commonwealth Government’s Commercialisation Australia Board and the R&D Tax Concession committee, and as a member of the Innovation and Science Australia Board and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee.
His current appointment as an adjunct professor in the Business School at QUT supports research on research impact and aspects of the CRC Program.
Laurie will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May, presenting a paper on Mind the Gap: perspectives on collaboration policy and practice, a joint piece of work with Dr Emma Potter-Hay.
Dr Emma Potter-Hay is a Senior Research Assistant in the QUT Business School and Sessional Academic in the QUT Creative Industries faculty. She completed her PhD through the QUT Digital Media Research Centre in 2017. Her research was part of an ARC Linkage project and involved an ethnographic study of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, where she spent two years observing and participating in their use of social media. Emma has a professional background in marketing and communications. She is currently involved in research projects that examine public communication and official warnings during crises, and developing new ways of measuring research impact, and teaches digital media, social media analytics, and political communication undergraduate courses.
As NERA chief executive, Miranda is a strategic leader at the forefront of innovation and collaboration within the Australian energy resources sector. It is a role she is passionate about, bringing together the country’s best minds from technology, research and enterprise, all with the aim of building a more sustainable and efficient energy resources sector.
Her work at NERA transforms thinking and processes within the sector for the benefit of the Australian economy – now and into the future.
With more than 20 years’ experience in strategic policy, risk management and stakeholder engagement, Miranda has a great understanding of the challenges being faced by the sector – one of the country’s biggest economic contributors and employers.
Her interest in transformative and disruptive thinking, coupled with her significant industry experience, ensures NERA plays a vital role in leading the future of the energy resources sector.
Miranda has overseen NERA since its inception in 2016. Previously she held senior roles at APPEA, Australia’s peak oil and gas representative.
She has an Honours Degree in International Economics, History & Politics from the London School of Economics, London University and a Post Graduate Degree in Labour Relations.
Prior to appointment as CEO of National Energy Resources Australia, Miranda was the Director Environment, Safety & Operational Performance for APPEA.
Miranda will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
Tanya Plibersek is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Deputy Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Education, Shadow Minister for Women, and the Federal Member for Sydney.
Tanya was previously the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development in the 44th Parliament. In government, Tanya was Minister for Health. Her other ministerial appointments have included Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Social Inclusion, Minister for Human Services, Minister for the Status of Women, and Minister for Housing.
Tanya grew up in the Sutherland Shire of Sydney and is the daughter of migrants from Slovenia. Like many newly arrived migrants, Tanya’s parents helped build the country in which they made their new home. Her father worked on the Snowy River hydroelectric scheme in the 1950s.
Tanya holds a BA Communications (Hons) from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Master of Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University. Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change.
Tanya lives in Sydney with her husband Michael and her three children, Anna, Joseph and Louis.
Tanya will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
Dr Janis Cocking is the Chief of Science Strategy and Program Division in the Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence. Dr Cocking has over thirty years’ experience leading, managing and undertaking science and technology, particularly in undersea technology, for which she is an acknowledged international expert.
Her current focus is on development of DST Group’s ability to provide valued science and technology advice and solutions to Defence. It includes building the framework for investment in science and technology and the associated assurance of the quality of the science and technology. She leads the Next Generations Technologies Fund for Defence. This aims to form partnerships between Defence, universities, publicly funded research agencies and industry to undertake research which has the potential to transform Defence capability.
Dr Cocking is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. She is a member of the technical committee of the Maritime Systems and Technology conference and a former board member for the Australian Maritime College within the University of Tasmania.
Janis will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
Yvette Waddell is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Brien Holden Vision Institute, leading the business development, finance and governance functions that help deliver Brien Holden’s strategic objectives. Yvette was appointed COO in 2003, following previous roles as General Manager and Executive Director. Since August 2015, she has been overseeing commercialisation transactions and negotiations, also holding responsibility for operational support function and infrastructure.
Yvette replaced Professor Brien Holden on the board of Brien Holden Vision Institute in July 2015 and holds group directorships in China, India and USA, including Optometry Giving Sight. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was recognized as one of the most influential women in optical in 2016, by Vision Monday, a leading optical industry journal in the USA.
Yvette is also Chief Executive Officer of the Vision CRC and was CEO of Viscorp Pty Ltd, the commercialisation company established to manage and commercialise intellectual property
generated by Vision CRC programs.
Yvette is a University of New South Wales Australia graduate, completing an MBA at AGSM @UNSW Business School.
Yvette will be speaking as part of a panel discussing Commercialising technology, Tuesday 15 May at 3:30 pm at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018.
Natalie is Co-Founder and Managing Director of gemaker, a science and technology commercialisation agency. Natalie is also Corporate Communications Manager for ASX-listed Alkane Resources, and a Director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia (KCA). Her previous work, as General Manager of Commercialisation at the Smart Services CRC, resulted in two spin-off businesses. As Leader of Business Development and Marketing at ANSTO, she provided strategic advice and managed the commercialisation of the intellectual property portfolio, including incubating new businesses and growing technical consultancy services.
In 2017, gemaker won three Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for Innovation, and the NSW Telstra Business Award for Microbusiness and Natalie was a Finalist in the NSW Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
In 2018 Natalie launched the #AUSinnovates initiative to celebrate Australian technology commercialisation success and bring attention to Australian researchers and innovators who are changing our lives for the better, by creating new industries and jobs, enhancing our health and education and making the world safer.
Natalie will be speaking on Commercialising is as easy as 1, 2, 3, isn’t it? as part of a panel discussing Commercialising technology, Tuesday 15 May at 3:30 pm at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018.
George is passionate about helping Australian technologists more quickly bring research from the lab to the agriculture and food sectors. George runs Growlab, Australia’s first agtech accelerator focusing exclusively on deep technology startups. Growlab is housed at Cicada Innovations, Australia’s leading deeptech startup incubator. Prior to kicking off Growlab George worked in agrifood strategy and as an inventor of a number of technologies for both the livestock sector and horticulture sector.
George will be speaking on Growlab, helping Agtech companies find their winning edge as part of a panel discussing Commercialising technology, Tuesday 15 May at 3:30 pm at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018.
Compliance with the numerous requirements of R&D Tax Incentive is fundamental to ensuring the appropriate benefits are obtained and retained by claimant companies. Companies engaging with CRCs must ensure and be able to appropriately evidence that the activities undertaken by the CRC on their behalf and associated expenditures incurred are eligible for inclusion in their claim for the R&D Tax Incentive. This is an area of increasing compliance focus by the Australian Taxation Office and Innovation Australia.
This workshop will focus on these requirements and address the following matters CRCs should consider when engaging with companies and the reports they provide:
Everyone needs a bit of science in their lives, but some audiences can be hard to reach. Mainstream media is an effective route to large audiences not naturally drawn to STEMM subjects, and Scimex – the Science Media Exchange – offers an effective route to mainstream Australian journalists.
During this workshop, Dr Joseph Milton from the Australian Science Media Centre will explore how you can get the most out of working with the mainstream media through Scimex. He will focus on making tricky science accessible, avoiding jargon, the changing media landscape, and how and why news stories are structured. He will also provide top tips on talking to journalists, planning and preparing for media interviews, and how to communicate your message to a broad lay audience.
Industry needs experts to support their R&D and commercial plans – experts in specific science, in tune with industry’s needs.
For an area of science, a CRC should aim for the best suited researcher to work on the problem, matching the needs and intent of the industry partners.
An effective tool – Map technology streams to research and industry, and assess both for competence across the ‘Stages’ of a ‘Technology Development Process’
Questions and discussion
Research training is a rewarding, yet challenging journey. Over the past two decades there has been growing evidence of psychological health problems in PhD candidates worldwide, and latest reports indicate alarming levels.
This workshop will start with an overview of current research about wellbeing in research students, including:
Open discussion and group activities will be conducted to explore the participant’s experience of key stress points in the PhD journey and the support that the institutions of workshop participants provide, or could do better. A particular focus will be on how stress may be experienced by industry-focused research student compared to those without industry connections.
A short seated mindfulness activity will be conducted (10 min) to demonstrate how it works. Other self-care strategies will be discussed and a package of information provided on resources and support for universities, research administrators, supervisors and students.
At the conclusion of the workshop a network of interested participants will be established with the aim of initiating future research and activity in this important area.
These are some of the questions that our expert in measurement and evaluation, Anne Howard, will explore in this 90-minute workshop.
Anne believes that strategy together with measurement and evaluation are two sides of the same coin. With boards, CEOs and executive managers around the world demanding greater accountability from their communication activities, pressure is mounting on communication practitioners to show how their work integrates into the organisation’s goals and objectives and contributes to real business outcomes.
Whether online or offline, communication needs to be rigorously measured and evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative measures to demonstrate outcomes and impact.
Join Anne as she walks you through the latest global best practice principles in measuring and evaluating communication. You will learn what is required to integrate them into your daily work so you have the tools to clearly demonstrate the value of communication to your organisation.
Mr Martin Dent, CRC Projects Program Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and ScienceMs Nicole Elliott, CRC Program Manager, Department of Industry, Innovation and ScienceCRC and CRC Projects Program Managers Nicole Elliott and Martin Dent from the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will present a workshop focusing on the two streams of the program and the differences between them. The aim of the workshop is to assist with demystifying the application and assessment process so your application is competitive and doesn’t repeat common mistakes.
In particular, the workshop will focus on the key requirements of an application for a CRC or CRC Project, clarifying the difference between each stream and why some applications rank higher than others. The workshop will discuss how to ensure that your application demonstrates an industry led and outcome focussed collaborative partnership that will address an industry identified problem.
The assessment process will also be discussed to enable workshop participants to understand the process between an application being submitted and receiving the letter with the funding outcomes.
The team will also present historical data on the program over time, giving insights into trends over previous rounds.
Representatives from the CRC Program in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will be available during Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 May to meet with consortia to discuss potential applications.
If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact the CRC Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Begg is Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Management in the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide. His focus is on tools and processes for decision-making under uncertainty, including psychological factors and eliciting expert opinions.
Before joining The University of Adelaide in 2002, Steve was Director for Decision Science and Strategic Planning with Landmark Graphics Corporation (a Halliburton company). Prior to that, he worked for BP for 13 years, the last 6 of which were spent in a variety of senior geo-science and engineering operational assignments in Alaska, which spanned production-forecasting, economic evaluation, petroleum engineering and reservoir characterization roles. He also spent seven years as a researcher and Project Manager with BP Research, where his focus was on subsurface heterogeneity and uncertainty modelling.
He has been a Distinguished Lecturer for both the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) on uncertainty & decision-making topics. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of the Society of Decision Professionals (SDP). In 2016 he received the SPE’s top international award for the Management & Information discipline for his work on decision-making. He currently sits on the Society of Petroleum Engineer’s (SPE) Management and Information discipline committee and the Distinguished Lecturer Committee.
Steve has published numerous papers on topics such as investment evaluation/economics, decision-making, psychology of expert judgements and geological modeling. He is co-author of a book, “Making Good Decisions” and is a frequent keynote speaker at industry conferences.
He holds a PhD degree in Geophysics and a BSc degree in Geological Geophysics from Reading University in the UK and has taken executive education courses at MIT and U. Texas, Austin.
Steve will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May and will present a workshop on Making good decisions on Wednesday 16 May.
David Turvey is the Acting Chief Economist for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. His substantive position is General Manager of the Insights and Evaluation Branch within the Economic and Analytical Services Division.
David oversees the Divisions research and analytical work on the drivers of firm performance and the overall functioning of the Australian innovation system, as well as the Department’s program evaluation activities. The branch has a key role in adding to the evidence base on the factors that drive productive and globally competitive firms and industries and ensuring that this evidence is fed into policy advice and evaluation of programs in the Industry, Innovation and Science portfolio.
Prior to his current role, David held senior positions in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Australian Treasury, the Department of Finance and at the Economics Department of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. David holds a Master of Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Newcastle.
David will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
Professor Mary O’Kane is the Chief Scientist & Engineer of New South Wales and also a company director and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in government reviews and research and innovation advice to governments in Europe, Asia and Australasia.
She is Chair of the CRC for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania and is a Director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, Innovative Manufacturing CRC, Capital Markets CRC and Business Events Sydney.
Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She is a former Chair of the board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy and the Board of the Development Gateway, a former member of the Commonwealth’s Review of the National Innovation System, Australian Research Council and the Co-operative Research Centres (CRC) Committee, the board of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and the board of CSIRO. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
Mary will deliver The Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Monday 14 May.
Join Louise Fleck from Macquarie University to discuss the achievements of four CRCs, the legacy those CRCs will leave and future prospects for continuing research. The CRCs outlining their achievements will be:
Dr Jeff Coutts, Director, QualDATAMr Gordon Stone, Director, QualDATA
The 2016/17 4th bi-annual CRCA Benchmarking Survey forms part of the regular benchmarking and impact reporting activity of the CRCA. This in turn informs CRCA members and their decision making, as well supporting CRCA in promoting the benefits and contributions of CRCs to industry, government and the wider community.
The survey data compiled directly from individual CRCs in late 2017 is complemented by the MDQ and Annual Report data to create the current CRCA Benchmarking Study Report.
This interactive workshop session at the 2018 CRCA Conference has a particular focus on innovation and engagement with business and industry, as well as considering the findings around gender balance and diversity in management; results of collaboration and partnerships including uses of outputs; significant outputs and products achieved; communication and user engagement, plus results of monitoring and evaluation around CRC impacts and legacy issues.
The workshop and discussion will include considerations around CRC performance, benefits and impacts, plus emerging trends of key components of CRC management and operations.
Dr Alex Zelinsky was appointed Chief Defence Scientist and head of Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now Defence Science and Technology Group) in March 2012.
Before joining Defence he was Group Executive for Information Sciences at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Director of CSIRO’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Centre.
Dr Zelinsky was Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Seeing Machines, a high-technology company developing computer vision systems. The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a start-up from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, where Dr Zelinsky was Professor of Systems Engineering.
Dr Zelinsky researched in robotics and computer vision at the AIST Electrotechnical Laboratory in Japan and has taught and conducted research in computer science at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He started his career as a Systems Engineer with BHP Steel International.
Dr Zelinsky has extensively advised Federal and State governments in Australia, including as a member of the Australian Government’s Defence Industry Innovation Board. He has served on the advisory panels to the Australian Research Centre (ARC) Centre for Vision Science, the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and currently the ARC Centre of Excellence for Robotic Vision.
Dr Zelinsky completed his Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Wollongong, NSW.
In 2009, Engineers Australia named Dr Zelinsky Professional Engineer of the Year (Sydney Division) and he has been included in Engineers Australia’s list of the 100 most influential engineers since that year. He subsequently received the Engineers Australia M A Sargent Medal 2015 – the most prestigious award made by the College of Electrical Engineers. In 2013 he was awarded the prestigious Pearcey Medal, the ICT industry’s premier prize for lifetime achievement.
Dr Zelinsky will be a keynote speaker at Collaborate | Innovate | 2017 on Wednesday 24 May.
In this session, you will learn more about how The Conversation works and the benefits of writing for The Conversation, as well as tips on how to pitch ideas to to editors and write for a general audience.
Publicly funded researchers and agencies are increasingly expected to respond to the need for greater detail and transparency of the impact of their contributions to wider public value, public debate, and opinion formation.
This portion of the workshop will outline a QUT-led ARC Linkage project with partners The Conversation and Cooperative Research Centres Association to assess the impact of scholarly public intellectual content by investigating how public intellectuals are using ‘amplifier’ platforms’, (such as The Conversation and other relevant platforms based on the context), and how they perceive the impact of public intellectual outputs on public debate as well as how these services impact researchers’ and public intellectuals’ career trajectories. The workshop will seek contributions from CRC scholars and detail how to be further involved in the project.
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Born and raised in Perth, Geraldine Doogue AO is a renowned Australian journalist and broadcaster much loved for her work reporting on religious and social affairs.
Geraldine has carved out an enviable reputation across print, television and radio, working on The Australian, ABC’s Nationwide, 2UE, Channel 10 news and hosting ABC TV’s Compass program.
She played a major role in ABC TV’s coverage of the Gulf War in 1991 seeing her awarded two Penguin Awards and a United Nations Media Peace Prize.
In 1992 Geraldine began presenting Life Matters, a new ABC Radio National program which set out to cover the full gamut of social issues in everyday life. For Geraldine, this has been the highlight of her career, providing new voices to the public conversation, those of the Australian public themselves.
In 2000, she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting and in 2003 she was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community and to the media on issues involving ethics, values, religion and social change.
In recent years, Geraldine has taken an interest in the relationship between Islam and the Western world, co-producing Tomorrow’s Islam in 2003 with Peter Kirkwood and in 2005 the pair co-authored a book Tomorrow’s Islam: Uniting Age-old Beliefs and a Modern World. She has authored several other publications and in 2014 was editor of The Climb: Conversations with Australian Women in Power.
In her ongoing role as presenter of the ABC Radio National program Saturday Extra and ABC TV’s Compass, Geraldine continues to tackle a wide range of subjects with rigour, optimism, humour and warmth.
Geraldine will be MC for our keynote speakers at Collaborate | Innovate | 2018 on Tuesday 15 May.
In this practical workshop, Dr Richard Huysmans will present findings from his brief research into the PhD offerings from CRCs and similar organisations. He will present case reports on student experience and CRC feedback. There will be opportunities to discuss your experiences in the context of other organisations and student needs. If you’re the education or student manager for your organisation – this is not to be missed!
>> Can you use science to make a compelling argument?
>> How much science is too much?
>> How do you know if you’ve been successful?
This workshop is designed to introduce the latest research into effective persuasive and strategic communication in the context of science. We can provide the opportunity to use what you’ve learned in a variety of ways including applying for funding, influencing science policy, talking to the media, and the public. Using a range of improv exercises and research led discussion, we work with you to discover how to frame and craft messages to best suit your audiences and goals.
We will equip you with ideas and strategies to find ‘common ground’ in contentious topics, how to hone your key message and communicate it effectively to an audience – even difficult ones.
In this workshop, presented by COSBOA’s Cyber Security Ambassador, you will gain insight into: