Accelerating R&D Commercialisation in NSW

Accelerating R&D Commercialisation in NSW

Sep 1
Join the Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier and NSW Chief Scientist to share your insights and feedback on the recommendations for the Action Plan to accelerate R&D commercialisation in NSW. 


The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Event overview

Research and development (R&D) is a major source of innovation and an important driver of economic growth. R&D activities not only have the potential to create jobs and investment, but also to support better health and social wellbeing - outcomes which are crucial in light of COVID-19.  

Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, the Hon. Gabrielle Upton will bring forward an Action Plan to the Premier to accelerate R&D commercialisation in NSW. It will advise on how to get the most out of the NSW Government’s R&D activity and how the Government can better support the innovation ecosystem. 

Join Gabrielle Upton and NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Hugh Durrant-Whyte, to provide your feedback on the draft recommendations ahead of their submission to the NSW Premier. 

Roundtable start times: 
SA/NT: 2.15pm 
WA: 12.45pm

This virtual roundtable is by invitation only. The roundtable will be conducted on a virtual platform and numbers are limited to maximise participation. Invitations to virtual roundtables are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies. Roundtable discussions will be targeted to varied groups, including state-based Trustees discussions, national or industry sector Trustee roundtables, and c-suite conversations.

Meet the speakers

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

Gabrielle was re-elected for a third term as the Member for Vaucluse at the March 2019 NSW Election and on 2 April 2019 was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier. Gabrielle previously held the positions of Minister for the Environment, Local Government and Heritage; Family and Community Services; and Sport and Recreation; and served as the first female NSW Attorney General. Gabrielle’s career began as a banking and finance lawyer after being admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia in 1988. She then worked as a banker with Deutsche Bank and Toronto Dominion Bank in New York financing the energy sector. Gabrielle held the position of Deputy Chancellor of the UNSW; was Deputy Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Australia; and a board member of Neuroscience Research Australia.

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer

Hugh is the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer. From 2016-18, Hugh was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. Previous roles have included Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney; CEO of National ICT Australia; and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and applications 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 and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year and 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year.
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