BHERT Member & Collaboration News - May 2018
Ashley Goldsworthy announced as BHERT Patron
BHERT is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural Patron, Professor Ashley Goldsworthy AO OBE KM. Professor Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most accomplished businessmen, and a leading figure in Australian Universities and the IT industry. He was a Founding Director of BHERT in 1990, and served on its Board for its initial 5 years; was President 1995-97; Executive Director 1997-2008, and has served as a Director 2008-2018. Professor Goldsworthy will continue to serve BHERT as an ambassador and as an advisor to the President and CEO.
Read the press release, and Professor Goldsworthy's biography
BHERT Membership is growing steadily, with 2 new members...
Deloitte Australia joins BHERT
Deloitte Australia is one of Australia’s leading professional services firms with 700 partners and more than 7000 people located in 14 offices across the country, in addition to PNG and Timor-Leste, collaborating to provide audit, tax, legal, financial advisory, risk advisory, and consulting services to clients. Deloitte’s purpose is to make an impact that matters, striving to set the national agenda and to help clients, our people and sections of society achieve remarkable goals, solve complex problems or make meaningful progress.
Learn more about Deloitte
Tyre Stewardship Australia joins BHERT
Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) is a not for profit company, formed with Government support and approved by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, to lead a national scheme to promote recycling for the 56 million used tyres that are discarded each year. It represents most facets of the tyre supply chain, including retailers, manufacturers, fleets, recyclers and collectors. It works to increase the environmentally sustainable collection and recycling of used tyres, and explore and promote new uses for and products using recycled end-of-life tyres. Tyre Stewardship Australia has invested over $3 million in research and development through the Tyre Stewardship Research Fund, and has conducted campaigns to increase awareness and improve recovery.
Learn more about Tyre Stewardship Australia
BHERT Awards: Expressions of Interest open until end of May
Expressions of Interest for the prestigious BHERT Awards are being received, and will be open until the deadline on Friday 25th May. The new application process, streamlined to reduce workload for applicants, requires a one-page submission addressing 3 key questions (project summary, details collaborative partners outcomes), is submitted via the BHERT website. A number of outstanding Expressions of Interest in diverse sectors have already been received. The BHERT Secretariat can be contacted about any enquiries about your project's suitability for an Award.
NATIONAL INITIATIVES AND POLICY
Research Funding for Non-Medical Innovation
BHERT Board Director and Vice-Chancellor of UNSW, Professor Ian Jacobs, has issued a clarion call for significant new investment in non-medical research in Australia to take innovations to the development stage. Writing in the Australian Financial Review on March 18, 2018, Professor Jacobs noted that the medical research pipeline is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), now complemented by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), and the Biomedical Research Translation Fund. In contrast, the Australian Research Council (ARC), which administers non-Medical grants, has funding equivalent to the NHMRC, but nothing like the MRFF for the translation-application part of the pipeline. A new translation support mechanism – an "Australian Research Future Fund" – would support vital areas such as food, soil, water, transport, energy, environmental change, cyber security, arts and humanities. BHERT supports Professor Jacobs’ call; support to research translation – including directly to companies and startups – is as important as funding of basic R&D.
Read the BHERT article
Startups and Growth Firms: Align Government Visa Schemes to Retain Talent
BHERT supports the call by a number of firms, including BHERT Member Intersective, to align Federal Government visa schemes for international graduates with the entry requirements for the new Global Talent Scheme. The Global Talent Scheme – announced March – is an outstanding mechanism to support startups and small high-growth firms in Australia.
Read the BHERT article
BHERT MEMBER NEWS
BHERT Member, Flinders University, has forged a major alliance with the Department of Defense to support key growth activities in fields such as cybersecurity, maritime engineering, forensics and analytical science, robotics and systems engineering. As part of the Defence Science Partnership program, which involves 33 Australian universities, Flinders University has established a "Future Factory" at the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub.
Read the BHERT article about the Defense Partnership
Flinders University has also partnered with German technology giant Festo to establish a Future Factory at the Tonsley Manufacturing Innovation Hub to explore how digital technologies can help Australian and international industry partners manufacture the next generation of advanced products.
The partnership is driving research opportunities into the role of advanced robotics in manufacturing systems. Festo – the company that invented the chainsaw – is a German multinational industrial control and automation company with subsidiaries, distribution and factories in 61 countries. Subsidiary company Festo Didactic is a world market leader in industrial education and consultancy and is a Founding Partner of the WorldSkills Mechatronics Competitions.
Read the BHERT article about Robotics at Tonsley Manufacturing Hub
Flinders University researchers will collaborate on marine technologies with Centrale Nantes, France, under a defence research contract recently signed by Professor Poitou, Director of Centrale Nantes and Professor Stirling, Vice-Chancellor of Flinders University. The ceremony was attended by His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, and The Honourable Malcolm Turnbull.
Read the article: Flinders-France agreements advance defence research
ANSTO partners with Australian biotechs for cancer diagnostic
Australia’s nuclear science agency, ANSTO, has been recognised for its work on the development and delivery of an innovative cancer diagnostic agent. A clinical trial is being undertaken using the drug at Macquarie University Hospital for the detection and diagnosis of metastatic prostate, bladder and pancreatic cancers with SPECT/CT. The development was undertaken by ANSTO in partnership with Sydney-based immuno-oncology company Minomic International, the developer of the parent antibody, and Auspep, an Australian pharmaceutical manufacturer.
Read more about the partnership
Learn more about ANSTO's collaborative activity
Cisco invests $7.5 million with Australian Universities
Global IT firm and BHERT Member, Cisco Systems Australia has announced a $7.5M investment in new university programmes over three years. The program includes: an Internet of Things partnership with SAS and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), the CRC for Cybersecurity based at the Edith Cowan University, and the Flinders Cisco Academy with Flinders University. The academy is working with Flinders in developing digital health and cybersecurity services, as well as providing training/courses in the areas of network and cybersecurity systems. Cisco partners with the Australian Technology Network (ATN) through each of its member universities: RMIT, UniSA, Curtin, UTS and QUT.
Read the BHERT article
ACGR Award for Excellence in Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Research
BHERT congratulates the winners of the Australian Council for Graduate Research (AGCR) awards, announced at a Gala Dinner in Adelaide on Monday 16 April. The Award for Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Research was made to Associate Professor Vito Mollica of Macquarie University.
Professor Mollica has made significant contributions to the financial products, real estate, and management consulting industries in Australia as a researcher and in promoting higher degree students. He is Director of the Higher Degree by Research Program at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and supervises 5 HDR candidates and oversees a CRC based PhD program comprising 46 PhD students, all fully funded by industry to the tune of $2.3M per annum.
Special Commendations were also made to Associate Professor Robert Day, at the University of Melbourne, for his contribution to graduate outcomes in marine ecology and acquaculture; and to Professor Emily Hilder, University of South Australia and Director of the University’s Future Industries Institute, and for her previous leadership of the Pfizer Analytical Research Centre and then ASTech; in all of which she sponsored graduate engagement with industry.
Learn more about the ACGR Awards and Winners
UTas, IMAS: addressing Oyster Farming Crisis
Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) is a disease threatening to ravage Australia’s oyster farming industry, but the University of Tasmania and Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies are working with Tasmanian oyster farmers and the Tasmanian Government to find solutions. Dr Sarah Ugalde is leading much of this work, and her work was highlighted at the Universities Australia Higher Education Conference in Canberra in March. A video detailing the issue and the IMAS approach has won a national competition (“Pitch It Clever”) run by Universities Australia through Thinkable.
Read the article and watch the winning video.
BHERT has moved offices. We are now located at Level 1, 49 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, directly across from the historic Post Office building. Our building pre-dates 1866 but has changed little over the decades. See the photo below (corner building with wooden balcony) for a comparison.