Congratulations 2018 BHERT Award Winner for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit, Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance, as Curtin University announces the Governor of Western Australia, The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, as Patron. Read the Press Release.
Decided by a panel of judges headed by Mr John Grace AO with Deputy Chair Professor Marie Wilson from UniSA Business School, the 2018 BHERT Award winning projects were celebrated at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday 13 November, 2018.
In 2018, the BHERT Awards for outstanding collaboration with and by Australian universities and higher education institutions celebrate their 21st year – and have truly come of age.
The Awards are well-recognized as the pre-eminent recognition of university partnerships, but also act as a barometer of industry-university collaboration in Australia.
BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented, “We are delighted at Dr Foley’s appointment. She is already making a great contribution to science and business in Australia, and this role will give her leadership within and on behalf of CSIRO”.
Dr Cathy Foley is a member of an outstanding BHERT Awards Panel drawn from across Australian business and science to judge the 2018 BHERT Awards.
The peak body for Australian universities, Universities Australia, on March 1 released their paper: “Clever Collaborations”:
The UA research identified that around 16,000 Australian businesses have formal partnerships with a university; these collaborations are contributing $19.4 billion, a year to Australia’s income, and has created an estimated extra 30,000 full-time Australian jobs. UA – supported by BHERT – is calling for a concerted effort to increase collaboration participation by 50%, around 24,000 businesses.
BHERT congratulates former Board Director, and The University of Newcastle's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, on her appointment as South Australia's next Chief Scientist. Professor McMillen will assume her role as South Australia's fifth Chief Scientist on 15 October 2018, filling the position left by outgoing Chief Scientist Dr Leanna Read. BHERT CEO Dr Peter Binks commented: This is an outstanding appointment. Professor McMillen has played a major role in lifting the research and commercial profile of The University of Newcastle, and the record number of entries by that University in the 2018 BHERT Awards demonstrates their commitment to industry and community collaboration.
Forge magazine has published a feature on the winning project for the 2018 BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit: Curtin University’s AASQA – the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance – led by Professor Tele Tan. Read about how this program is matching the strengths of individuals on the autism spectrum with shortfalls in the Australian workforce’s programming, IT and mathematics skillsets.
Over the past decade, as Australia has wrestled with the challenges of its post-resources boom economy, shifting global alliances, and the Brexit-Trump double-whammy to the established order, we have had plenty of opportunity to find fault in our own backyard.
Designing a Powerful New Industry-University Partnership for Australia, a BHERT and Go8-led summit, was held on 29 October at Parliament House, Canberra. It included leaders from major companies, universities, the CSIRO and ANSTO, and 15 CEOs of Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as key representatives from the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. Topics such as universities working with SMEs on research were addressed, and guidance will be given to Government for their supporting programs. Read a summary of the main themes discussed.
Research at Flinders University is underpinned by a robust network of partnerships that are integral to student experience and enable the university to innovatively bridge the gap between knowledge and real-world outcomes.
The Australian economy is considerably more difficult for young adults than it was 8 years ago. Building bridges between young people and the workforce can help guide young people as they search for meaningful work. BHERT has written a submission to VicHealth Innovation with suggestions on how to bridge the gap.
BHERT reviewed the Innovation and Science Australia report Prosperity Through Innovation 2030 provided to the Government in November, and released publicly in late January. BHERT's view is that the ISA proposal to Government is a step forward for innovation in Australia. ISA began from the position that the innovation challenge for Australia lies in the translation of discovery into economic and social benefit.
BHERT Summary February 2018 - In the last Quarter of 2017 the Australian Innovation System Report 2017 was released by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. The Report quantifies the contribution of high-growth firms to the Australian economy and assesses the role of innovation in their growth, and trends in the incidence and attributes of high-growth firms. It also explores the policy considerations related to high-growth firms, and looks more broadly at potential areas for improvement in the general business environment.
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