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BHERT Member & Collaboration News - December 2018


A very successful year for the 2018 BHERT Awards

The winners of the 2018 BHERT Awards were honoured at our Gala Dinner at the Park Hyatt Melbourne on 13 November. The BHERT judging panel chose the most outstanding collaborative projects from very competitive fields for 5 different award categories. The Awards featured applications from 30 Australian universities involving over 200 businesses and community organisations. Winners were:

  • Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development – Major Program: Monash University’s Program for the Food and Dairy Industries
  • Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development – Spinoff Venture: The University of Newcastle, Viralytics Ltd: immunotherapy-based cancer treatment
  • Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training: The University of Queensland’s Indigenous Health Education and Workforce Development
  • Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit: Curtin University’s Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance
  • Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement: The University of Newcastle's The Science and Engineering Challenge
  • The Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Individual Leadership in University- Business Collaboration was awarded to Deakin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander AO.

The evening was hosted by ABC personality and journalist, Dr Julia Baird, and was attended by 230 guests from Academia, Industry, Government and community interest groups. BHERT thanks the generosity of its major sponsors: Cisco, The Westpac Group, UTS, The Victorian State Government, The Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, The University of Queensland; and table sponsors Curtin University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, University of South Australia, The University of Melbourne, Flinders University, Deakin University, Monash University and The University of Newcastle.
Learn more about the winning projects and watch their promotional videos

BHERT welcomes Beau Leese, co-founder and co-CEO of Practera as Board Director

On 13 November at the BHERT AGM, members approved Mr Beau Leese’s nomination to the BHERT Board. Mr Leese is an innovator with a track record of positive impact and collaboration across Higher Education, start-ups, business and R&D. He is co-founder and co-CEO of Practera.
Read Beau Leese’s bio

Professor Caroline McMillen retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, and from the BHERT Board to take up her new role as Chief Scientist of South Australia.

We look forward to working together with Mr Leese, and offer our thanks to Professor McMillen for her invaluable insights and contributions.
Download our Annual Review to learn more about BHERT's activities in 2018


Creative Innovation 2019 Asia-Pacific

BHERT is a partner for Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific, the leading Asia Pacific innovation summit taking place in Melbourne from 1-3 April 2019 at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. The theme explored is "Human Intelligence 2.0 – A Collective Future? How will we manage the transition?". Creative Innovation 2019 Asia Pacific brings together up to 1,000 leaders from business, government, academia, community, not-for-profits and media, who will hear from an outstanding line-up of over 40 visionary innovators, futurists and leaders.
Learn more about Creative Innovation 2019


Go8 Summit on new Industry-University Partnerships held at Parliament House

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, 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 the Go8-BHERT Summit Report

BHERT's submission to VicHealth targets closing the gap for young job-seekers

BHERT believes there is significant opportunity to improve the transition of young adults from education to employment, and that both educational institutions and companies have a vital role to play. As we have significant linkages, experience, and skills for this discussion, we have made a submission to VicHealth with suggestions on how to aid both potential employees and employers.
Read the BHERT submission to VicHealth Innovation


State of Industry-University Collaboration in Australia: Healthy and Growing

The BHERT Awards provided an exciting insight into the health of Australian industry-university collaboration, and demonstrated its strength:

  • BHERT achieved a record number of entries, with 79 entries, distributed roughly evenly between R&D initiatives, skills and workforce development, community engagement, and initiatives addressing non-economic national priorities
  • A number of universities have multiple programs in different sectors. BHERT Members The University of Newcastle, Monash University, Central Queensland University, Griffith University and RMIT all put forward 4-6 submissions, of very high quality
  • In 2018 BHERT recognized the collaboration involved in university spin-outs – and 6 of these were finalists.The University of Sydney’s Elastagen technology, the ANU’s partnership with Genentech, The University of Melbourne’s venture in animal health (now Bioproperties Pty Ltd), and UTS’s infrastructure robotics venture, as well as the eventual winner, Viralytics Ltd, were outstanding examples of Australian companies formed from industry university partnerships
  • Several programs – notably the Asylum Seeker Fast Track Clinic supported by La Trobe University, and the Macquarie-Yaegl Partnership for Indigenous Learning – were Highly Commended by the Judging Panel

See the BHERT Analysis

Deloitte Australia: Higher Education for a Changing World

Deloitte Australia, a new Member of BHERT in 2018, presented a survey on current Australian workers' attitudes towards lifelong learning, and the needs and preferences of those who are interested in further education and training at the AFR Higher Education Conference in August. Colette Rogers (Higher Education National Partner at Deloitte) gave a Keynote Address. The survey asked nearly 4,000 Australians aged 18 and over who are currently or have recently been in the workforce for their view on further study. Deloitte identified that the skills that university graduates acquire have an expected shelf life of only five years. Study-interested workers are firmly interested in accessing learning that applies to their unique job contexts (rather than formal qualifications) and seek flexible and bite-sized learning from tertiary providers.
Read the Deloitte Report

APR.Intern Government Rebate for PhD Industry Internships

BHERT Member, APR.Intern is now facilitating 3-5 month industry internships for woman completing PhDs in STEM, finding internships in specialised businesses in cities, rural and regional areas. Businesses offering places have access to Australian Government rebates. Australian University PhD students wanting authentic work experience will be supported by an academic mentor and could potentially be involved in high impact research projects. As only 43% of Australia's STEM PhD students enter industry, and the number of women is even smaller, APR.Intern has launched the program to accelerate gender equity and fill a skills gap.
Find out more about the program
Watch APR.Intern success story videos



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