Does disruption drive innovation?

Does disruption drive innovation?

Jul 16
Crises have always been a catalyst for accelerating innovation. Hear how organisations are already recalibrating their research focus and how we as a community and economy, view and prioritise fundamental and translational research and its funding. 


Dr Cathy Foley AO, Chief Scientist, CSIRO
Professor Peter Høj AC, President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Queensland
Dr Prins Ralston, Principal, Nous Group Pty Ltd

Event overview

The COVID-19 crisis is providing an opportunity to change and innovate across all sectors and workplaces from healthcare delivery to manufacturing and supply chains.

What can we learn from those at the forefront of research in Australia about capitalising on the renewed and amplified focus on innovation during this time?  

 At this event leaders will discuss:

  • Harnessing our homegrown research capabilities and recalibrating research agendas to respond to the crisis and community and investor expectations of research and institutions;
  • Lessons from the pandemic period as we look toward recovery - what are the policy adjustments and changes to funding structures that ought to be considered?;
  • Funding mechanisms and commercialisation opportunities and the role of public and private collaboration; and
  • Developing innovation strategies to deliver in the short and long term. 
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 12.00pm
WA: 10.30am

Meet the speakers

Dr Cathy Foley AO
Chief Scientist, CSIRO

Dr Cathy Foley leads work to help Australia be globally competitive and sustainable. She engages with researchers, government and industry to assist with the translation of research for a healthy and sustainable Australia that is economically successful. She is the Chair of the Australian National Fabrication Facility Victorian Node Collaboration Committee and the ARC Steel Hub Advisory Committee. She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for "distinguished service to research science, to the advancement of women in physics, and to professional scientific organisations".

Professor Peter Høj AC
President and Vice Chancellor, The University of Queensland

Professor Peter Høj is a Director and former Chair of the Board of Group of Eight (Go8) Universities - the peak lobby group representing Australia's research-intensive universities. He has served on the CSIRO Board; was as a member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council; and as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council. He was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to higher education and to science, particularly to the commercialisation of research, and to policy development and reform”.

Meet the facilitator

Dr Prins Ralston
Principal, Nous Group Pty Ltd

Dr Prins Ralston is the independent Head of TaskforceNQ, the coordinating body for the North Queensland region’s recovery from the Health, Social and Economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, working locally to ensure the right policies, initiatives, programs and projects are funded and executed for the region to fast track the regions recovery over the next 3 to 5 years.

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