BHERT Member & Collaboration News - February 2018
APR.Intern joins BHERT
BHERT is delighted to announce that APR.Intern, the PhD intern management branch of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, is joining
BHERT in 2018. APR.Intern operates from The University of Melbourne, and builds on the success of AMSI’s placement of PhD mathematicians in
industry for the last 10 years. A new program extends to all STEM disciplines and is funded by the Australian Government, seeking to place
1,400 PhDs into three to five-month industry internships by 2020. A government rebate of 50 per cent on the cost of an internship allows companies
to see the benefits of working with highly-skilled researchers, and gives the PhD students highly-relevant experience.
Learn more about APR.Intern
BHERT Awards: Streamlined process to reduce workload
BHERT is introducing a new procedure for applying for our 2018 BHERT Australian Awards for Collaboration, which will significantly reduce the load
on applicants. Rather than submitting a full Application, BHERT initially seeks one-page Expressions of Interest as a preliminary step before
submitting for an Award. Only those projects shortlisted by BHERT will be asked to prepare a full Application. The new process will reduce
the effort required by companies and universities in preparing their submissions. The Expression of Interest Online Application Form will be
available from the BHERT website from March 1st.
Read about the new process
BHERT MEMBER NEWS
Monash University: Bosch and Monash have joined in a partnership to improve agricultural practices
Bosch Australia, the Australian arm of the A$104 billion German company that is the largest automotive engineering and electronics firm in the
world, has announced a major partnership with Monash University. An “ag-tech launch pad,” has been opened by the two parties in South-East
Melbourne, including a prototype “smart farm” to research innovative new farming procedures. Bosch recently announced a partnership and an
investment of $2.5 million with of The Yield in Tasmania, introducing a comprehensive sensor system to improve productivity.
Read the BHERT article
Victoria University - supporting the Universities of Timor Leste
Victoria University has played a major role in developing tertiary education capabilities in one of Australia’s nearest and most disadvantaged
neighbours, the Democratic Republic Timor-Leste. The former Portuguese colony, which gained independence in 2002, has a population of 1.2 million
and a per capita annual GDP of US$5,500. Since just after independence, VU has worked with National University of East Timor and the Dili Institute
of Technology, providing curriculum development, student and staff exchanges, conferences and other logistical and financial support.
Read about the VU Timor-Leste Alliance
Intersective: launching student teams project in Adelaide
One of Australia’s most exciting education technology companies, Intersective, has received funding from the Department of State Development in
South Australia, to launch an "Adelaide Engage - Work Experience Network" program. Small teams of multi-disciplinary international students
from South Australian universities will work through structured problem-solving processes using the Intersective tool, Practera, and guided
by professional mentors. Intersective is currently conducting a similar project in Victoria.
Watch intersective's video on their Melbourne program
University of Western Australia: Data Fusion - Bringing Geoscience and Advanced Data Analytics together for Mineral Discovery
Global mining giant Rio Tinto and the University of Western Australia (BHERT member) have commenced a major research collaboration to run over
the next four years in support of mineral exploration. UWA’s Geodata Algorithms Team will apply their expertise to data analytics and data
mining research projects including automated 3D geological modelling. The partners have worked together for the last seven years.
Read the BHERT article
Prosperity Through Innovation 2030: Release of the ISA Strategy
Innovation and Science Australia, the body set up in 2015 to advise the Government on innovation, has delivered its major strategic summary. The
Report: “Prosperity through Innovation 2030” focuses on enhancing Business Expenditure on R&D (BERD) through a variety of indirect and
direct Government activities, and strengthening the education support to innovation. BHERT CEO, Dr Peter Binks, calls the ISA report “a major
step in the right direction”, and urges the Government to move swiftly to take on its major recommendations.
Read the BHERT Summary of the ISA Report
2017 Innovation System Review
The Australian Innovation System Report 2017 was released by the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science late last year. The annual review
of key innovation insights is prepared by the Office of the Chief Economist, and in 2017 focused on high-growth firms (HGFs), where growth
is either or both of revenue or employment. The report focussed on the roughly 11,000 Employment HGFs and 20,000 Turnover HGFs between 2004–05
and 2011–12 out of a total population of roughly 121,000 firms with more than 5 employees. It demonstrated that, while these were critical
to Australia’s economic performance, there were no obvious policy levers to support HGFs. Further, Australia has a high proportion of innovation-active
firms by international standards. Australian innovation-active firms overwhelmingly specialize in modifying innovations introduced by other
Australian firms but are not particularly strong at introducing new-to-market innovations – but Australia’s level of entrepreneurial activity
is amongst the highest in developed economies.
Read the BHERT Summary of the Office of the Chief Economist's Report
Industry, TAFE, Unis working to fill Australia’s CyberSecurity skills gap
Australia’s AustCyber - a body established to drive industry collaboration as part of the government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda -
estimates that Australian businesses will require at least another 11,000 cybersecurity specialists over the next 10 years; industry participants
suggest the requirement could be double that. BHERT Director and Cisco Vice-President Ken Boal outlined, in The Australian on February 27,
how industry is working with TAFE and Universities to meet this supply challenge.
Read the full article