Friday 10 July 2009

The AIC Facilitates TechClinic on Waste Management for Sustainable Marine Tourism Operators


The AIC Facilitates TechClinic on Waste Management for Sustainable Marine Tourism Operators

The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) in conjunction with the R&D Branch of the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation held a Technology Clinic (TechClinic) in Cairns on 3 June 2009 on “Waste Management for the Sustainable Marine Tourism Operators”. 

 

This TechClinic was an invitation-only event which enabled interaction between key stakeholders concerned with the research, development, regulation and implementation of waste management solutions for boat operators in a world heritage marine environment. These stakeholders included researchers, government regulatory bodies, local and state government agencies, commercial service providers for the marine industry and tourism boat operators. 

 

 The intended benefits for the participants were:

 

  •           An increased understanding of the opportunities and the pathways  to develop and utilise new technology in onboard waste management
  •           Increased collaborative opportunities between stakeholders in the sustainable marine tourism industry
  •           Enhanced ability for end-users to access new research and technology developments.

      

What are TechClinics?  

 

TechClinics are initiatives operated by innovation support organisations such as the AIC to assist the development of innovation and technology in SMEs.  They are an activity implemented to reach agreement on a series of priorities to enable the development of SMEs and usually cover one or more of the following broad objectives: technology problem solving, technology intelligence gathering and technology transfer.

 

This predominantly occurs through the pre-selection of an issue which is strategically important for a firm, or a group of firms in a networked value chain.  The technology clinic activity supports participants to understand the issue and implement responses from within their organisations and firms.

 

Stimulating technology receptiveness between the research community, government, end-users and SMEs, are expected clinic outcomes that will enable the participating parties to make more informed decisions and: 

 

  •           Determine which R&D projects should be pursued
  •           Identify a long-term, flexible portfolio of R&D priorities
  •           Identify the appropriate parties to participate in research and commercialisation activities
  •           Identify the scale and resources required to undertake the research.

 

The Technology Clinic process is intended to provide an opportunity to reveal potential infrastructure, R&D and investment priorities, informing not only technology development needs, but also strategic planning needs for the firm more broadly.

 


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