USIF – Program

The two day forum includes keynote speakers, invited presentations, panel discussions, Q&A and opportunities for networking.

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University Science Industry Forum

Day 1: Thursday 24 November

Time (AEDT)Activity
9:00 -9:30Registration and Morning Coffee
9:30Welcome to delegates: Professor Andrew Parfitt, Vice-Chancellor and President (University of Technology Sydney)
9:40Formal Opening by Australian Council of Deans of Science President: Professor Melissa Brown (University of Queensland)
10:00 – 10:30Keynote address: Professor Genevieve Bell (Interim Dean College of Engineering and Computer Science, and Director of the School of Cybernetics, ANU; Vice-President and Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation)

Chair: Hon Professor John Rice (Executive Director, Australian Council of Deans of Science)
Theme:Showcasing Organisational Culture
This session will explore the different ways Industry and University colleagues have gone about developing an organisational structure and culture of collaboration, how it works in practice, and how to make it sustainable
10.30 – 11:45Keynote (Industry): Peter Bury (Director – Strategy, Energy and Research, Chemistry Australia)
Keynote (University): Professor Stella Valenzuela (Director, ARC Research Hub IDEAL – Integrated Device for End-User Analysis at Low Levels)

Question time:           Convenor
11.45 – 12:00Industry PhD 3MT Presentations
12:00 – 13:00Lunch and networking
Theme:Showcasing organisational culture – continued
13.00 – 14:15Keynote (Industry):    TBA
Keynote (University)Professor Neena Mitter (Director Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), University of Queensland)

Question time:           Convenor
Theme:Adventurous Innovation and Science Translation
This session will explore how the form and nature of collaboration advances both industry objectives, draws upon university science and leads to new innovative products or scientific developments.
14:15 – 15:30Keynote (Industry): Dr Erol Harvey (Head of Development and Research Translation, Bionics Institute; CEO, Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD))
Keynote (University): Professor Veena Sahajwalla (Director ARC Microrecycling Research Hub; HUB Leader, Sustainable Communities and Waste Hub, National Environmental Science Program; Director, Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, The University of New South Wales)

Question time:        Convenor   
15:30 – 16:00Afternoon Tea and networking
Theme:Driving Innovation and Translation
16:00 – 16:30Keynote (University): Professor Dusan Losic (Director of ARC Research Graphene Hub; Leader Nano Research Group; School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, The University of Adelaide)
16:30 – 17:30Panel Discussion and Q&A: Driving innovation and translation

Chair: Professor John Rice (Executive Director, ACDS)
Dr Mohammad Choucair (CEO, Archer Materials Ltd)
Dr Mark Sceats (Chief Scientist, CALIX Limited)
Professor Yasmina Sultanbawa (Director, ARC Training Centre for Uniquely Australian Foods; University of Queensland)
Professor Brad Walsh (CEO and Managing Director, Minomic Pty Ltd)
19:00 – 22:00Dinner with Speaker (Optional at own expense – register via Eventbrite)
After-Dinner Speaker: Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte (NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer)

Day 2: Friday 25 November

Time (AEDT)Activity
8:30 – 9.00Morning Coffee
Theme:Changing perceptions about the value and possibilities of careeers in Industry and University
This session will explore
9:00 –10:15Keynote (Industry):    Dr Leanna Read (Carina Biotech)
Keynote (University)Professor Peter Lee (ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies)
Question time:           Convenor
10:15 –10:45Morning tea and networking
Theme:R&D Career Pathways in Industry and University
10:45 – 12:00Panel Discussion and Q&A: R&D Career Pathways in Industry and University

Chair: Professor Tony Patti (ARC Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing)
Dr Roya Khalil (Director of R&D, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers)
Dr Olga Shimoni (Senior Scientist, Alcolizer Technology)
Dr Hana Shiraz (Manager Climate and Engineering, Deloitte Consulting Pty Ltd)
12.00 – 12:15Industry PhD 3MT Presentations    Professor Melissa Brown, President Australian Council of Deans of Science
12:15 – 13:15Lunch and networking
Theme:Managing change, growth and organisational challenges in Industry-University Science partnerships
13:15 – 14:30Keynote (University):  Professor Melanie Bryant (ARC Research Hub for Sustainable Onshore Lobster Aquaculture)
Keynote (Industry):    Grace Kennedy (ARC Steel Research Hub)

Question time:           Convenor
14:30 – 15:00Afternoon tea
15:00 – 16:00Panel Discussion and Q&A: Managing change, growth and organisational challenges in Industry-University Science partnerships
Chair: Dr Leanna Read (Carina Biotech)
Dr Bruce Cornell (Director Science & Technology, Surgical Diagnostics Pty Ltd; ARC Research Hub IDEAL – Integrated Device for End-User Analysis at Low Levels)
Dr Jacqui McRae (Manager, ARC Research Hub for Graphene Enabled Industry Transformation)
Dr Dianne Ruka (Centre Manager, ARC Centre for Cell & Tissue Engineering Technologies)
Professor Stella Valenzuela (Director, ARC Research Hub IDEAL – Integrated Device for End-User Analysis at Low Levels) 
16:00Close – Professor Melissa Brown