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A little more about Innovation Week 2015

Innovation Week 2015 is an exciting new initiative led by the Australian Science & Innovation Forum (ASIF) in partnership with the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering (ATSE). 

Why is supporting emerging innovation and startups in science and technology  important?

1. Successful innovation has economic and social benefits such as creating jobs and improving the quality of lives.

2. Innovation creates a fun and vibrant ecosystem in which to live and work.

Innovation Week will bring together people from science, technology and business to support putting good science and research to use.

Innovation Week is set 
over five days in Australia.

Join us for an exciting week of public talks, conversations and online activities to discuss, debate and promote scientific and technological  innovation.

Opening Event: Monday 30 November 2015 7.15AM-9.30 AM.
Opening Event

Science Meets Business (Free): Tuesday 1 December 2015 6.00PM-7.30PM at the Melbourne Business School.
Business-Science Event

Closing Event (Free): Friday 4 December 2015 7.30AM-9.00 AM with Australia's New Chief Scientist announcing the 2015 Innovators of Influence.
Closing Event
  • Monday 30 November 2015 7:15am - 9:00am
    Opening of Innovation Week 2015 @Monash Conference Centre, Melbourne.

    Join us for the opening of Innovation Week 2015 with The Hon Philip Dalidakis, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Dr. Elaine Saunders, Managing Director, Blamey Saunders hears, George Charalambous, Director/Operations at Curve Tomorrow Pty Ltd and Dr Margaret Hartley, Chief Executive Officer,the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Hosted by BioMelbourne Network, the Australian Science & Innovation Forum and ATSE.

    When: 7:15am - Registration, 7:30am - Breakfast, 8:00am to 9:00am - Presentation

    Where: Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria

    Price: $50 (a limited number of student concessions are available)

    Booking Link: Innovation Week 2015 Launch Breakfast

  • Monday 30 November 2015 5:30pm - 8:00pm
    VESKI New Horizons Event @Sir Redmond Barry Room, Investment Centre Victoria.
  • Tuesday 1 December 2015 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Science Meets Business @Melbourne Business School, Parkville.

    Science Meets Business on Tuesday evening. This is a panel forum and networking event at the Melbourne Business School with leaders in the start-up and intellectual property space and early-mid career researchers. Science Meets Business embraces the future of science in Australia – it aims to inspire young entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers and innovators to think outside the box and provide them the skills needed to drive innovation, lead their own businesses and create jobs of the future. Panel members include Dr Mark Summerfield, Daniel Mumby (the Startup Guy) and Renee Hindmarsh (Director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities).  

    When: 5.30pm - 8:00pm

    Where: Melbourne Business School, 200 Leicester Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

    Price: Free (Registration required)

    Booking Link: Business Meets Science

  • Wednesday 2 December 2015 11:00am - 11:00am
    VESKI sustainable agriculture fellowship announcements and Goulburn Valley Food R&D roundtable @The Connection, Shepperton, Victoria.

    The Hon. Jaala Pulford MP, Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Regional Development will officially announce the inaugural 2015 veski sustainable agricultural fellowships.

    When: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

    Where: The Connection, Shepparton

    Link: VESKI

  • Wednesday 2 December 2015 5:00pm - 7:30pm@ Swinburne
    Partner Event: STEM Outreach Program @ Swinburne University

    Join us for our inaugural STEM Outreach Program that offers boys and girls (from years 9-11) an opportunity to participate in a research project with our universities. In November 2015, Students from some of Melbourne's highly respected schools participated in a research project with scientists from Swinburne University. Come and hear from these students as they share their experiences and research outcomes. Find out how your school or organisation can get involved in 2016 as we extend the program to more schools, universities and industry. With panelists including Graeme Cross (Planet Innovation). Moderator: Michelle Gallagher. Hosted by Corazon Systems.

    When: 5:00pm - Introduction, 5:30pm - School Presentations, 6:45am - Panel Discussion

    Where: Swinburne University, Hawthorn, Victoria

    Price: Free

    Booking Link: STEM Outreach Schools

  • Thursday 3 December 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    VESKI Inspring Women Fellowship Announcement @Government House, Victoria.

    The Governor of Victoria will make the official announcement of Victoria's inaugural inspiring women fellowships, which are being delivered by veski with the support of the Victorian Government and the Office of the Lead Scientist.

    When: 2:00 to 4:30pm

    Where: Government House

    Link: VESKI

  • Thursday 3 December 2015 6.00pm - 7.30 pm
    Finding Strategic Partners: Who Says Australia Cannot Commercialise? Biomed/Medtech Panel Discussion @Royal Society of Victoria.

    Join us for a panel discussion on finding strategic partners in health and medical innovation. Panelists include Tony Eglozos (Starpharma), John Sharman (Medical Developments Int) and Dr. Kerry Hegarty (University of Melbourne). It will be chaired by Victorian Lead Scientist, Leonie Walsh. The event is hosted by Startup Health Tech and the Australian Science and Innovation Forum.

    When: 6:00pm - Introduction, 6:45am - Panel Discussion

    Where: Royal Society of Victoria, Victoria

    Price: Free

    Booking Link: Strategic Partner Panel

  • Friday 4 December 2015
    Announcement of the 2015 Innovators of Influence Finalists by Australia's new Chief Scientist @ Deakin Edge, Federation Square

    Announcement of finalists on the emerging innovators of influence list with President of ATSE Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE and A/Prof Jan Tennent, CEO of Biomedical Research Victoria, with a video message from Rufus Black (The Wade Institute, University of Melbourne). The patron and envoy of the list is former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Tim Fischer AC, ATSE Fellow. 

    When: 7:30am - Breakfast, 8:00am to 9:00am - Presentation

    Where: Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria

    Price: Free (registration required to reserve space)

    Booking Link: Innovation Week 2015 Innovators of Influence Breakfast

Who will be at Innovation Week 2015?

Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE President of ATSE
Leonie Walsh Victorian Lead Scientist
Sid Verma Co-founder, Peak 15 and
Start-up Health Tech
Dr. Marguerite Evans-Galea Co-founder, Women in Science, Australia

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Interested in getting involved  
or registering your event for Innovation Week 2015? 

Recognising emerging science innovators, startups and investors.

The inaugural Innovators of Influence List 2015 will recognise emerging innovators and entrepreneurs in science and technology. The aim is not to create a series of "winners" but to recognise and support innovation early - when support is actually needed. A further aim is to foster a "pay-forward" community of innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Nominate an individual or team (companies are not eligible, but teams within companies are). Selection of finalists will be made by ASIF, ATSE Fellows and Clunies Ross winners based on social, financial or environmental impact. Females, young innovators and overseas Australians are encouraged to apply.

The patron and envoy of the Innovators of Influence List is former Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mr Tim Fischer AC, ATSE Fellow.

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Judging Panel of the 2015 Innovators of Influence List

Dr. Nick Gough FTSE Director, Cancer Therapeutics CRC CEO Gene CRC Lab Head, WEHI
Dr Lorraine Stephenson FTSE Former Chief Clean Energy Adviser QLD Founder Lightning Consulting Services
Dr Paul Zulli FTSE Manager Blast Furnace TechnologY and Steelmaking Research Blue Scope Steel
Prof. Paul Wood Clunies Ross Award 2013 Former Head Global Discovery, Pfizer Director, IMNIS
Prof Shaun Coffey FTSE Chairman, The Navigator Group EU-Indonesia Trade Cooperation Facility Former Foundation Cheif, CSIRO Livestock Division
Prof Max Lu FAA FTSE University of Queensland Provost & Senior VP ARC Nanomaterials CoE
Prof Glenn Wightwick FTSE Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) University of Technology, Sydney Former Director, IBM Research Australia
Prof Marilyn Anderson FAA FTSE Exec Director & CSO Hexima Ltd Professor of Biochemistry, La Trobe University
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NOMINATE an innovator, entrepreneur or investor

bring greater support to emerging innovators and entpreneurs. Recognise the pivotal role of investors. 

Time needed:  10 minutes. 

Nominations close: 11.00pm AEST Sunday 25 October 2015
nominate now invite your friends to vote also

Organisers of  Innovation Week 2015 and the Innovators of Influence List

Dr. Victoria O'Collins A Few Good Scientists
Dr. Marguerite Evans-Galea MCRI
Dr. Ken Seidenman FB Rice
Dr. Annabella Newton Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
Dr. Anna Figueiredo Genera Biosystems
Dr. Charles Galea MIPS
Dr. Martin Rees Boehringer
Dr. Sophie Brice Blamey Saunders
Dr.Dania Yaghobian AstraZenica
Dr. James Tickner CSIRO
Dr. Matt Wenham ATSE

Innovation Week Partners

Innovation Week is supported by the Office of the Lead Scientist of Victoria

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