A sustainable interface between industry and academia

26 November

veski’s final conversation for 2015, gathered a group of senior leaders in government policy, industry, academia, venture capital and research to discuss how and why Australian business is not accessing the full benefits of academic knowledge and facilities.

2015 veski resident Dr Siobhán Jordan from Interface Scotland led the discussion illustrating how her impartial model brokers projects for SMEs, acting as a front door to all Universities and Research Institutes in Scotland. Some of the benefits of her model include standardised IP agreements, monitoring of relationships and helping academia who must now provide support for 20% of their REF score in social impact. 

There was a strong assertion that Australia needs a broker or a scheme for business to navigate the academic system particularly for SME’s. Many corporations and sector groups are already working with the larger tier one universities, but the majority of businesses in Australia do not know how to find an effective pathway in.

Leaders expressed a need for a cultural shift, opening Universities to balanced portfolios of knowledge exchange across all sizes of business, transparent IP agreements and impact assessments that articulate the benefits of collaborations.

veski will continue its mandate to foster an innovation culture and explore how a broker model may be developed for more effective knowledge connection in Australia

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