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BHERT Member & Collaboration News - February 2019


Expressions of Interest accepted soon for 2019 BHERT Awards

BHERT will launch the Expressions of Interest (EOIs) round for our 2019 BHERT Awards on Thursday 7th March. We are seeking one-page applications addressing specific criteria about your collaborative projects. Award categories for 2019 are:

  • Outstanding Collaboration in Research and Development
  • Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education and Training
  • Outstanding Collaboration for National Benefit
  • Outstanding Collaboration in Community Engagement

Instructions are available on our website on how to apply. Intuitions and businesses can submit any number of EOIs as long as they fit within the criteria specified in the guidelines. Alert your colleagues, and good luck!
View the 2019 BHERT Awards Instructions and Application Form

The Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Individual Leadership in University- Business Collaboration

One of the most prestigious Awards is the Ashley Goldsworthy Award for Leadership, offered to an individual who has demonstrated their leadership in enabling or supporting or strengthening partnerships between companies or organisations and universities, over a sustained period.

In 2018, the Award was made to Professor Jane Den Hollander AO, retiring Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University. Professor Den Hollander was recognized for her contribution to the revitalisation of Geelong as a regional manufacturing hub – including the development of advanced carbon material technology-based businesses – following the decline of automotive manufacturing activity in the region.

BHERT is seeking nominations for the Award this year. Those organisations interested in nominating a leader should contact BHERT’s CEO, Dr Peter Binks,, directly to discuss a nomination.

BHERT welcomes Professor Deborah Terry AO as Board Director

BHERT is delighted to welcome Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, to our board this year (from February 2019). Professor Terry has led Curtin’s rapid rise in international standings, and has valuable experience in building long-term partnerships, especially in improving community ties and developing new technologies. We look forward to her contribution.
Read Professor Deborah Terry's bio, and learn about other directors


BHERT and Go8 work on SME University Partnership Pathways

The successful Go8-BHERT Summit in Canberra (read the summary) on 29 October 2018 covered a range of issues pertinent to industry-university collaboration.

Three topics were short-listed for immediate to medium term consideration. Go8 and BHERT have agreed to establish small working teams to develop solutions or recommendations in the three areas:

  • simpler and quicker ways to formalise university-company agreements
  • development of simple tools to identify the different modes of engagement, pathways, and types of outcomes available from university partnerships for small businesses
  • to simplify and make better known the Government support available

The activity is expected to begin in March 2019 and conclude by August 2019. Anyone interested in being involved in the working teams should contact BHERT on

Landmark report on Lifetime Learning

Strategy consultants AlphaBeta were commissioned by Google Australia to produce a major report on the educational implications of the significant changes expected in patterns of work over coming decades. The Report was released in January 2019.

The Future Skills report is based on analysis of information from the US government’s O*NET database, with detailed information on more than 2,000 work-related activities for over 1,000 occupations. It includes data on how often a worker performs certain tasks in a job, regardless of whether these tasks require manual work or brain work. Task-related data was analysed for the years 2006 and 2014 and extrapolated for 2018 and then 2040.

The Report is the first to examine the “how” of changes to work over coming decades. It concludes that to adapt to the future of work, Australians will undertake a third more education and training and change what, when and how we learn.

In 2018, more than 80% of our learning is completed by the time we turn 21, with the completion of formal secondary and tertiary education. However, the shift towards lifetime learning will cause Australians to acquire 41% of their skills later in life (after the age of 21) by 2040.

This change has dramatic implications for workers, businesses, Universities, and other higher education providers.
AlphaBeta outline 4 major implications:

  • Australia needs to invest dramatically more in skills;
  • Education providers need to adjust teaching methods and content;
  • Governments and businesses need to support the shift to lifelong learning; and
  • Teaching new skills needs to be a whole-of-country effort


Collaborative Projects: Biofuel from desert plains, with aid from JCU

BHERT Member, James Cook University, boasts some of Australia’s finest researchers in plant and animal adaption to the extreme diversity of our nation’s climate. Professor Joseph Holtum is no exception. Professor Holtum has provided invaluable advice and research to AusAgave, a company led by Don Chambers working to grow agave in the arid lands in Australia, and to expand the biofuel industry.
Find out more about their collaboration

Leadership Initiatives: CSU research influences Fire Awareness Programs for better preparedness

Two Charles Sturt University researchers, Associate Professor Valerie Ingham and Dr Sarah Redshaw, have studied community group responses to fire since the catastrophic bushfires in the Blue Mountains in 2013. Their research outcomes has guided emergency service practices and seen an increase in people being better prepared as a bushfire approaches.
Learn more about the outcomes of their research


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