Innovation & Science in Australia

Sydney, 04 October 2017

Business Lunch

Innovation & Science in Australia

Innovation and Science is high on the Government’s policy agenda as drivers to economic growth and the ABCC has put together a panel of eminent Australians to look at the many relevant issues relating to an innovative Australia.

The discussion will centre on the value of innovation and science and how technology is changing the shape of business and society; exploring the dichotomy of views on disruptive technology; why technology, science and innovation are important in competiveness, changing threats and ensuring our capability is equal to our allies; developing talent and how technology is changing shape of our workforce and how technology is creating and enhancing adjacencies between businesses/industry that we would not naturally associate.

Please join us for this exciting event with the panel:

- David Thodey AO, Chair, CSIRO
- Mary O'Kane, Chief Scientist & Engineer of NSW
- Professor Robert Sale, Chairman of the Wound Management CRC
- Moderator: Dr Branwen Morgan, Business Manager Ausgem 

David Thodey AO is currently Chairman of Australia’s national scientific research agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Chairman of JobsNSW focused on job creation in NSW, and on the Advisory Boards of SquargePeg Capital and UHG.

Professor Mary O’Kane AC is 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.

Robert is a Professor - Innovation - Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and an Adjunct Professor – Faculty of Health - Queensland University of Technology. Robert is Special Advisor to the Chief Defence Scientist and is currently leading the development of a Defence Cooperative Research Centre program as part of the $730m Next Generation Technology Fund.  He is also responsible for overseeing the transfer of US based technology into Defence operations in Australia.

Moderator: Dr Branwen Morgan has a background in journalism, project management and corporate communications. She has held positions with not-for-profit organisations in London and Sydney, including the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, from where she obtained a PhD research in neuroscience. Branwen has consulted to the pharmaceutical industry, worked for the ABC and is a freelancer for Nature Publishing Group. Branwen is now business manager for Ausgem, a research collaboration between the NSW Department of Primary Industries and the ithree institute at the University of Technology Sydney that uses gene-based techniques to help support the biosecurity system that protects the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases and invasive species.

Member:                              $160
Non Member:                      $210

Member Table (of 10):         $1,500
Non Member Table (of 10): $2,000


Wednesday 04 October 2017
12:00pm - 2:00pm


The Hilton, 488 George Street
New South Wales