Conference Day One: Tuesday, 4 April 2017

08:30 AM - 09:00 AM Coffee & Registration



09:00 AM - 09:10 AM Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

09:10 AM - 09:50 AM The Real Impact of the Review of the R&D Tax Incentive: What does it mean for Researchers and Businesses

Dr. Leanna Read, Chief Scientist, South Australia
The October 2016 R&D Tax Incentive Review was aimed at identifying opportunities “to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the R&D Tax Incentive, including by sharpening its focus on encouraging additional R&D spending.” This session will explore the real impact of these recommendations, geared towards attracting R&D, on researchers and businesses in Australia.
  • Assessing how the recommendations will effect researchers
  • The expected outcome for businesses
  • Investigating the overall benefits and areas for improvement
  • Learning from other countries: Making R&D more attractive
  • Where to from here: Plans for the future

Dr. Leanna Read

Chief Scientist
South Australia

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM Improving Business Research Commercialisation through Government Intervention

Mark Sowerby, Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Amanda Caples, Lead Scientist, Victoria Dr. Leanna Read, Chief Scientist, South Australia
Policy, tax incentives are critical to facilitating better collaboration, translation and commercialisation. The current government is focused on driving change to encourage R&D and increase business impact with the National Innovation Agenda and the R&D Tax Incentive Review. This session looks beyond the recommendation, to the nitty gritty of policy making for change.
  • Advocating and driving change through policy
  • Learning from international counter parts: What’s worked and what hasn’t
  • Investigating the role for government in facilitating commercialisation and translation
  • Exploring fracture points within the ecosystem (diff ering incentives, disconnect between researchers and business) and leveraging policy to bridge those gaps

Mark Sowerby

Chief Entrepreneur
Queensland

Amanda Caples

Lead Scientist
Victoria

Dr. Leanna Read

Chief Scientist
South Australia

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Speed Networking

An effective structured interactive session designed to help you expand your network through one-on-one focused conversations

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Tea

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM CASE STUDY: La Trobe University’s World Class Sports Park Master Plan

Russell Hoye, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development), La Trobe University
La Trobe University is currently in the midst of developing a leading edge Sports Park as part of their ‘University Town’ master plan. The integrated Sports Park concept was a first for Australia as it will facilitate engagement of community and elite sport user groups with the University’s teaching and research expertise. Russell will present a case study on the University’s journey with the process thus far and the vision for the facility in the future.
  • The planning, research and know how to creating a unique testing facility
  • Undergoing user facing analysis and developing engagement strategies to aid in the creation of a research plan
  • Utilising the new facility to increase research innovation and engagement

Russell Hoye

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development)
La Trobe University

12:10 PM - 12:50 PM CASE STUDY: Retrofitting Existing Space to Enable Effective Space Utilisation and Reduced Utilities Consumption

Darryn Capes-Davis, Head of Operations, Children’s Medical Research Institute
CMRI have commenced a 5 stage refurbishment of its current Westmead site and stage 1 has been completed which has doubled floor space from 4,500sqm to 9,000sqm.

In this session, Darryn will explore:
  • Reducing electricity consumption by 30% while also doubling floor space through upgrading to use efficient plant, lighting and building control systems
  • Upgrading equipment alarming system to a comprehensive system encompassing all Temperature Controlled Environments and a fully automated cloud based on call roster and alerting system
  • Refitting new wet lab space into a fit for purposed Mass Spectrometry facility for the ProCan project

Darryn Capes-Davis

Head of Operations
Children’s Medical Research Institute

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch Break

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM CASE STUDY: The National Sea Simulator – A multidisciplinary, collaborative, national and international research facility

John Chappell, Operations and Infrastructure Manager, Australian Institute of Marine Science
The National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) is a $35 million, cutting-edge, marine research facility operated by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). Built upon leading-edge technology, SeaSim provides scientists with unprecedented opportunities for extending their experimental capabilities, contributing to a transformation in tropical marine research.
  • Looking “outside the box” for technologies and innovations that can be included in research facilities to create new capabilities
  • Managing key stakeholders, including governments, industry and communities to enable effective research outcomes
  • Combining industrial process control with the best of aquarium technology to create a marine research facility that simply doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world

John Chappell

Operations and Infrastructure Manager
Australian Institute of Marine Science

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM CASE STUDY: Managing All Key Stakeholders Through The Initial Phases of the Design and Development Process to Ensure Seamlessness

Geraldine McKenzie, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research, Southern Cross University
Southern Cross University is currently undergoing great expansion within their faculties. Their primary focus is within the agriculture sector and concerned with plant and environmental science – which has heralded the need for the development of a new institute. The centre aims to increase understanding of these complex issues by bringing together the complementary expertise of NSW Department of Primary Industries and Southern Cross University.
This session will explore:
  • Partnering with Governmental departments to further research collaboration
  • Coordinating and integrating of basic and applied research; extension and commercialization; education and training; and policy development and managing all relevant stakeholders

Geraldine McKenzie

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research
Southern Cross University

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Afternoon Tea

3:40 PM - 4:20 PM CASE STUDY: UNSW’s Biomedical Precinct - The Interlink Between a Services Perspective and Infrastructure Planning to Fuel Effective Space Design

David Coomber, Research Support Strategy Manager, University of New South Wales
As part of UNSW’s Strategy 2025 Plan, one of the key measures of progress has been defined as an increase in the scale of world-class shared research infrastructure. After heavy involvement in UNSW’s Biomedical Precinct, David’s session will look to past learnings and future goals. This session will explore the importance of design and how it interlinks with state of the art technology to establish renowned spaces.
  • Case Study: A window into the end-to-end process of the Biomedical Precinct
  • Overcoming existing structure silos to create a modern and adaptable research environment
  • How to create ideas and services to support research through facility design

David Coomber

Research Support Strategy Manager
University of New South Wales

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM CASE STUDY: Enhancing Communication Channels Between Lab Managers and Research Facility Developers to Improve End Product

Rob Steuart, Research Facility Manager - CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct, Curtin University
Supported by a $13.7 million Federal Government grant through the Better Universities Renewal Fund, the two-year building refurbishment project has seen the transformation of one of the university’s original 1960s buildings into an exciting hub of ground-breaking research and interprofessional learning. In this session Dr Rob Steuart will discuss the challenges and results of this refurbishment project.
  • Communication flow between design and development team and researchers and understanding the practical needs of end users
  • Factoring in lab management as part of the design, construction and funding process
  • Facilities management process which include not just the building but also making equipment accessible to researchers

Rob Steuart

Research Facility Manager - CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct
Curtin University

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

5:10 PM - 11:59 PM Networking Drinks