Monash University boosts ties with Asia-Pacific and Germany at international conference


Perth, Australia

Monash University is set to further strengthen its industry and government partnerships in the Asia Pacific and Germany, and engage with potential new partners, at an international conference in Perth.

The 2017 Asia-Pacific Regional Conference (APRC) is hosting dignitaries from Germany and the Asia-Pacific from 3 to 5 November, including Australian Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.

The APRC brings together the best and most interesting thought leaders in the future of research, industry and work, with Monash to showcase the university’s innovation and talent at an industry breakfast on Sunday 5 November.

Ranked Australia’s most innovative university, Monash is globally recognised for the breadth and depth of its research and strong focus on working with industry to translate knowledge to create real economic impact.

Chair of the breakfast panel, Monash Innovation Director, Dr Alastair Hick, said it was a great opportunity to engage with existing and potential new partners.

“At Monash, we have been evolving our engagement strategies for many years, translating our pioneering research into commercial outcomes through companies such as Janssen Biotech, Inc., focused on the early detection and prevention of autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

“Another is the Food Innovation Centre at Monash which enables Australian food and beveridge manufacturers to rapidly export to target markets in Asia.

“There is strong interest from companies keen to discuss how we partner with industry to understand their problems and work together to find solutions,” Dr Hick said.

At the breakfast session, a range of speakers will discuss Innovation and Science in Australia: Building high performing university-industry partnerships.  

Monash breakfast panel speakers include:

- Dr Alastair Hick, Director of Monash Innovation – he will explore how businesses can turn to universities to deliver high-impact results

- Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) – he will discuss     Postgraduate Education and Research Partnerships

- Professor Xinhua Wu, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals as well as the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing – she will showcase research platforms for industry partnerships

- Debra Stirling, Chair of the Monash Mining and Resources Advisory Board – she will provide insight on long term partnerships and risk sharing

- Sue MacLeman, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of MTP Connect – she will analyse research partnerships in Excellence and Best Practice.

The full conference program can be viewed at the following link