Monday 19 April 2010

Celebrating Innovation – Official Queensland Launch of the 2010 Australian Innovation Festival


Celebrating Innovation – Official Queensland Launch of the 2010 Australian Innovation Festival

The Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) and the Australian Academy of Technological Scientists and Engineers (ATSE) are together hosting the official launch of the 2010 Australian Innovation Festival in Queensland .

 

  

The launch event, taking place on 22 April, signifies the start of almost six weeks of events to support and promote the best of Australian innovation and entrepreneurship.

  

 

A whole host of activities are taking place across Queensland including enterprise seminars, Ideas2Market Masterclasses and e-business workshops, which aim to encourage and support networking and business opportunities for participants in the areas of research & development, and technology commercialisation.

  

 

The Queensland launch event, entitled “Research Commercialisation – Are we there yet?” includes speakers Dr. Rowan Gilmore, CEO of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC), David Henderson, CEO of Uniquest and Anne-Marie Birkhill, CEO of i.Lab, who will provide their insights on the current state of commercialisation in the state, particularly as it relates to the development of new products or services from university research.

 

  

  

Dr. Rowan Gilmore said that “there is a widespread perception in the community that much of our university research is either not relevant to industry or gets lost overseas. This event will critically look at whether that is true or not, while the festival itself will help to remind people how everyone can and should embrace innovation. Innovation is all about creating value from ideas and know-how, not just from research”.

  

 

Attendance at this launch event is free but registration is essential. Please contact the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC) on +61 7 3853 5292 or e-mail genevieve.langbien@ausicom.com to register your attendance.

 

  

  

For further information about the range of Australian Innovation Festival events taking place throughout April and May, please visit the Australian Innovation website at www.ausinnovation.org.

 

 

About the Australian Institute for Commercialisation (AIC):
The AIC is a leading service organisation helping innovators achieve commercial success. Around Australia we help business, research organisations and governments convert their ideas into successful outcomes.

 

 

About  the Australian Academy of Technological Scientists and Engineers (ATSE)
ATSE is an independent, non-government organisation, promoting the development and adoption of existing and new technologies to improve and sustain our society and economy.

 

 

About Australian Innovation:
Australian Innovation works to increase public awareness of the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship through an emphasis on the three pillars of future economic growth – excellence in research, development and commercialisation.

  

 

 

Media Contact:
Rowan Gilmore, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation

Rowan.Gilmore@ausicom.com  +61 7 3853 5225

  

 

 

 

 


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