BHERT has announced the winners of the 2018 BHERT Awards. Decided by a panel of judges headed by Mr John Grace AO with Deputy Chair Professor Marie Wilson from UniSA Business School, the winners were celebrated at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday 13 November.
In 2018, the BHERT Awards for outstanding collaboration with and by Australian universities and higher education institutions celebrate their 21st year – and have truly come of age.
The Awards are well-recognized as the pre-eminent recognition of university partnerships, but also act as a barometer of industry-university collaboration in Australia.
BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented, “We are delighted at Dr Foley’s appointment. She is already making a great contribution to science and business in Australia, and this role will give her leadership within and on behalf of CSIRO”.
Dr Cathy Foley is a member of an outstanding BHERT Awards Panel drawn from across Australian business and science to judge the 2018 BHERT Awards.
The peak body for Australian universities, Universities Australia, on March 1 released their paper: “Clever Collaborations”:
The UA research identified that around 16,000 Australian businesses have formal partnerships with a university; these collaborations are contributing $19.4 billion, a year to Australia’s income, and has created an estimated extra 30,000 full-time Australian jobs. UA – supported by BHERT – is calling for a concerted effort to increase collaboration participation by 50%, around 24,000 businesses.
BHERT would like to congratulate Chair of our BHERT Awards Panel, Mr John Grace AO, for his recent Queen’s Birthday Honouring as Officer in the General Division of The Order of Australia. Mr Grace is one of Australia’s leading biotechnology commercialisation executives and has been a long-term member of our judging panel. We are delighted that he has been given this honour for his far-reaching contributions to science and technology in Australia.
BHERT would also like to congratulate our past Director and President, A/Prof David Hind OAM, for his recent Queen’s Birthday honouring of the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division. David has made significant contributions to engineering in Australia as an executive and an academic, and is a former Director and President of BHERT (2002 to2009).
Over the past decade, as Australia has wrestled with the challenges of its post-resourcesboom economy, shifting global alliances, and the Brexit-Trump double-whammy to the established order, we have had plenty of opportunity to find fault in our own backyard.
Designing a Powerful New Industry-University Partnership for Australia, a BHERT and Go8-led summit, was held on 29 October at Parliament House, Canberra. It included leaders from major companies, universities, the CSIRO and ANSTO, and 15 CEOs of Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as key representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. Topics such as universities working with SMEs on research were addressed, and guidance will be given to Government for their supporting programs. Read a summary of the main themes discussed.
BHERT congratulates former Board Director, and The University of Newcastle's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, on her appointment as South Australia's next Chief Scientist. Professor McMillen will assume her role as South Australia's fifth Chief Scientist on 15 October 2018, filling the position left by outgoing Chief Scientist Dr Leanna Read. BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented: This is an outstanding appointment. Professor McMillen has played a major role in lifting the research and commercial profile of The University of Newcastle, and the record number of entries by that University in the 2018 BHERT Awards demonstrates their commitment to industry and community collaboration.
PwC, one of Australia's leading professional services firms, works in collaboration with BHERT and its members to drive better education outcomes and ensure Australia’s future prosperity.
The Australian economy is considerably more difficult for young adults than it was 8 years ago. Building bridges between young people and the workforce can help guide young people as they search for meaningful work. BHERT has written a submission to VicHealth Innovation with suggestions on how to bridge the gap.
BHERT reviewed the Innovation and Science Australia report вЂњProsperity Through Innovation 2030вЂќ provided to the Government in November, and released publicly in late January. BHERTвЂ™s view is that the ISA proposal to Government is a step forward for innovation in Australia. ISA began from the position that the innovation challenge for Australia lies in the translation of discovery into economic and social benefit.
BHERT Summary February 2018 - In the last Quarter of 2017 the Australian Innovation System Report 2017 was released by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. The Report quantifies the contribution of high-growth firms to the Australian economy and assesses the role of innovation in their growth, and trends in the incidence and attributes of high-growth firms. It also explores the policy considerations related to high-growth firms, and looks more broadly at potential areas for improvement in the general business environment.
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