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.
Read about the winning projects on the Campus Morning Mail website
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).
BHERT congratulates 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 “Prosperity Through Innovation 2030” provided to the Government in November, and released publicly in late January.
BHERT’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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