Accelerating research and development in NSW

Accelerating research and development in NSW

NSW
Feb 20
CEDA examines drivers of R&D in our economy and its role in our innovation ecosystem with a keynote address by Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, the Hon Gabrielle Upton MP, who joins Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte and David Gonski AC for a broader discussion panel.

Speakers

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, NSW Government
David Gonski AC, Chair, NSW Accelerating R&D Advisory Council
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Member, NSW Accelerating R&D Advisory Council

Event overview

Research and development (R&D) is a major source of innovation and an important driver of economic growth.

R&D seeks to address the challenges of today which leads to tomorrow’s opportunities. According to the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council 2019 Scorecard, approximately $11 billion was invested in R&D in NSW, equivalent to 1.9% of Gross State Product.

The government has a key role to play in continuing to foster R&D and its commercialisation for the benefit of society. The NSW Government recently announced ambitions to make NSW the R&D leader within Australia and a world-class contributor. Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier Gabrielle Upton MP is tasked with leading this initiative guided by an Advisory Council chaired by David Gonski AC.

Bringing together CEDA’s membership across government, industry, research and academia, this event will examine:

  • The current state of play regarding R&D in NSW;
  • Enhancing coordination of R&D activities and connecting industry to research institutions to address our state’s greatest challenges and create economic opportunities; and
  • Skill needs and capital to accelerate growth and capitalise on R&D activity leading to greater jobs growth and further business investment.

Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, NSW Government

Gabrielle was re-elected for a third term as the Member for Vaucluse at the March 2019 NSW Election and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. Gabrielle previously served as Minister for the Environment, the first female NSW Attorney General, Minister for Family & Community Services and Minister for Sport & Recreation. Gabrielle began as a banking and finance lawyer at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page and then worked in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank and Toronto Dominion Bank in New York. Gabrielle served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 2006 until 2009. She has a BA LLB from the University of New South Wales, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
 

Meet the panel

David Gonski AC
Chair, NSW Accelerating R&D Advisory Council

David Gonski is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. David is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is a Director of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, a member of the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners. David chairs the Accelerating R&D in NSW Advisory Council.

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Member, NSW Accelerating R&D Advisory Council

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer. He consults widely with academia, industry and government to ensure that knowledge and research can be adapted and used to encourage prosperity for NSW, its people, industry and environment. Previously, Hugh was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence, and CEO of National ICT Australia, now CSIRO’s Data61. Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and its application in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year. Hugh is a member of the Accelerating R&D in NSW Advisory Council.

Additional participants to be confirmed.

 

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