The ViMM project and WG 2.2 will be presented (by Kaja Antlej) at a one day conference about Australia’s international collaborations at RMIT University’s EU Centre in Melbourne:

RMIT Futures Conference 2017: Research Requires Collaboration
Monday, 4 September 2017, Melbourne

Australia’s future in a competitive world depends on effective collaborative approaches – do we have the means for that? This conference, hosted by RMIT University’s EU Centre, will bring together policymakers, leaders in regional and Australian business, academics and entrepreneurs for a frank debate about the prerequisites to sustain quality research and innovation in Australia.

WHEN:  4th September 2017, 9:00am – 4:30pm
WHERE: Conference Rooms Storey Hall, RMIT Building 16, level 7
COST:  Free!


9:00am – Welcome – Professor Bruce Wilson, Director of RMIT EU Centre

9:05am – Business, Innovation and Science – immutable prerequisites for Global Competitiveness – Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO, Chancellor of RMIT University, Chair of NBN Co
9:30am – Australia’s Science: Engagement in the Global context  – Professor Ian Chubb AC, former Chief Scientist of Australia
10:00am – Institutional Strategies for International Collaboration – Ken Sloan, DVC-Enterprise of Monash University

10:30am – morning tea

11:00am – Australian universities’ International Collaboration viewed through IP rights – Patricia Kelly PSM, Director General of IP Australia
11:30am – Ways Europe benefits from International Collaboration – Professor Peta Ashworth, Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures at the University of Queensland
12:00pm – Global networks for Global Sustainability – Dr Imran Ahmad, Director of Future Earth Australia
12:30pm – wrap-up

12:45pm – lunch

2:00pm – opening remarks for afternoon workshop
2:10pm – Christel Nolte & Tim Edwards, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, speaking of the Global Innovation Strategy
2:25pm – Jonas Rupp, Delegation of the EU, speaking of the EU’s international strategy and Horizon 2020
2:40pm – Dr Phil Hodgson, CEO, Cilax Limited, speaking of the LEILAC carbon-capture project
2:45pm – Dr Kaja Antlej, Deakin University and President of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association
2:50pm – Dr Adrian Collins, International at UniMelb, speaking of Melbourne’s successes and lessons learnt

3:00pm – afternoon tea

3:30pm – Dr Martin Grabert, speaking about COST
3:40pm – Professor Shyamali Dharmage, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, UniMelb, speaking of the ALEC project about ageing lungs
3:45pm – Dr Matt Wenham, ATSE, speaking of the INTRAW international network for research into raw materials
3:50pm – Dr Aravinda Rao, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UniMelb, speaking of the OraniCity project on sustainable smart cities
4:00pm – open discussion