The COVID-19 pandemic crisis has illustrated the importance of Australia’s sovereign capability and her investment in research and development which in turn leads to scientific breakthrough.
The Age Innovation Summit will look at how we succesfully translate that research and achieve commercialisation. We discuss what the key investments will be in the next 10 years and how individual states are lifting their sovereign capabilities.
Looking closely at the role Australia will play with technology and how that will determine her future.
Join us at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Victoria to hear from our excellent speaker faculty that will include leaders, researchers and technologists as we navigate the days ahead through these challenging times.
The Hon Jaala Pulford MP
Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
Secretary, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government
The Hon Katie Allen MP
Federal Member for Higgins & Committee Member, Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MLA
Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier
The Hon John Brumby AO
La Trobe University
Bill Ferris AC
Chair, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Inaugural Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
Co-Founder & Partner,
Flying Fox Ventures
Dr Jens Goennemann
Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Dr Amanda Caples
CEO & Co-Founder,
Dr Larry Marshall
Professor James McCluskey AO
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research),
The University of Melbourne
Vice President and Managing Director, ANZ,
Founder & CEO, Culture Amp,
Board Member, Tech Council of Australia
OPENING ROUNDTABLE | Australia’s sovereign capability
Australia’s sovereign capability is at the heart of efforts to navigate these challenging times in areas of health, defence and scientific breakthrough. Our opening panel will discuss;
- Healthcare – our national missions and a $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund – what can Australians expect from this fund?
- A Science Future Fund – a research translation fund that will ensure Australia’s scientific capability.
- The role that State Governments can play in building sovereign capacity and the opportunities to build our economies through R&D commercialisation.
Dr Katie Allen MP, Federal Member for Higgins & Committee Member, Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources
James Cameron, Partner Airtree Ventures
Bill Ferris AC, Chair, Medical Research Commercialisation Fund, Inaugural Chair, Innovation and Science Australia
The Hon Gabrielle Upton MLA, Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier
Moderated by The Age
KEYNOTE |The trends driving Australia’s future: how work, life and business will change in the next decade
Millions of Aussie workers took part in the great Work from Home (WFH) experiment since the pandemic started, triggering the biggest social shift in the nature of work since World War II. It didn’t take long to realise we were on the cusp of a work revolution and monumental shift to hybrid working. But it’s not just how we work: the pandemic has transformed the world’s approach to technology and innovation, driving rapid change and new attitudes to embracing change. Join Eric Swift, VP and Managing Director, ANZ ServiceNow and Elisha Harrington, Innovation Director, Asia-Pacific and Japan at ServiceNow, as they discuss the future, and examine three trends driving change in the next decade:
- Adapting to widespread and long-term hybrid working
- Building resilience and trust through technology and accessibility to information
- Leveraging technology to minimise the mundane at home and work
Eric Swift, Vice President and Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand ServiceNow
Elisha Harrington, Evangelist, Chief Innovation Office, ServiceNow
Steering Australia through the Valley of Death
As we emerge from COVID-19 and lay the economic foundations of our future, Australia will need to transform our industries to keep pace with global change. To remain competitive, we will need to steer Australia through the Valley of Death that separates an idea from impact, and an invention from commercial success. Dr Larry Marshall will discuss the global trends CSIRO is looking at to help guide Australia’s economic recovery, and why we need to reset our approach to innovation.
Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO
Why Australia needs a climate adaptation strategy
Extreme weather events create devastating knock on effects for society, the economy and the environment and represent real commercial risk for corporations and government. These cannot be solved in isolation and are impacted by issues such as sovereign capability in a COVID restricted economy, and they require a whole of system approach. Climate adaptation interventions are now an economic imperative and should be part of every organisation’s innovation strategy and boardroom priorities. Adrian Turner will explore what innovation is needed to lift lifting societies’ ability to resist, transform and bounce back stronger from extreme fires and floods and adapt to climate change.
Adrian Turner, CEO Fire and Flood Resilience initiative, Minderoo Foundation
MINSTERIAL ADDRESS |
The Hon Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
ROUNDTABLE |Breakthrough Victoria Fund
Victoria’s $2 billion dollar innovation fund to specifically drive investment in research, innovation and commercialisation, with key industry sectors such as: health and life sciences, agri food, advanced manufacturing, clean economy and digital technologies over a period of ten years has already invested $50 million in mRNA Victoria. Further investments will be centered around Victoria’s key innovation and employment precincts fostering greater collaboration between industry and research partners. As the state grapples with the recent Delta outbreak, the fund is being utilised for key projects such as vaccine development. We discuss
- mRNA Victoria – mRNA Technology and Australia’s sovereign capability
- Will health be the biggest investment for the fund going forward?
- What other projects are in development besides vaccines?
The Hon John Brumby AO, Chair, Breakthrough Victoria Fund & Chancellor, La Trobe University
Simon Phemister, Secretary of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, Victorian Government
Dr Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Victorian Government
Professor James McCluskey AO, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Melbourne
Moderated by The Age
ROUNDTABLE |National ambition and start-up culture
Australian policy must support start-up culture with policy settings that will encourage start-ups to stay in Australia and recruit Australians rather than go off-shore. We discuss why current settings make it increasingly harder for Australians to start up their ventures in this country? Are policy hurdles not reflecting our national ambition.
Domm Holland, CEO & Founder, FAST
Rachael Neumann, Co-Founder, Flying Fox Ventures
Leigh Jasper, Chair, LaunchVic
Niki Scevak, Partner, Blackbird Ventures
IN CONVERSATION | Advanced Manufacturing in Australia
The COVID-19 crisis provided the right climate to enable collaborative opportunities to advance the manufacturing of essential items in a time of unprecedented need. It also provided opportunities to think outside the box. We deep dive into the future of manufacturing and what lessons from this crisis have informed the sector. What were the policy hurdles that were jumped in the crisis that need to be firmly in place to ensure future growth?
Dr Jens Goennemann, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Dr Adir Shiffman, Chairman, Catapult Sports
IN CONVERSATION | The Future of Artificial Intelligence in Australia
Artificial Intelligence: Solving problems, growing the economy and improving our quality of life outlines the importance of action for Australia to capture the benefits of artificial intelligence (AI), estimated to be worth AU$22.17 trillion to the global economy by 2030. What does that future of AI look like for Australia?
Jon Whittle, CEO, CSIRO’s Data61
Dr Rachel Thomas, Founder, fast.ai
ROUNDTABLE | Australia’s tech future
Recently Australian tech companies and technologists set up the Technology Council of Australia. The vision of the council is for a prosperous Australia that thrives by harnessing the power of technology. Boosting growth of the Australian tech sector by supporting talent attraction and development as well as developing effective regulatory settings for a tech-enabled economy. What can we expect in the next 10 years with the council? What else is Australia doing to stay on top of emerging technologies?
Sally-Ann Williams, CEO, Cicada Innovations
Didier Elzinga, Founder & CEO, Culture Amp, Board Member, Tech Council of Australia
Moderated by The Age
Close of summit & networking drinks
Early Bird Rate expires 31 January 2022
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When & Where
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Pl,
South Wharf VIC 3006