Prof Paul Sanberg

15 March

2018 veski symposium

Prof Paul Sanberg, Fulbright Specialist presented a keynote titled 'Creating a Culture of Innovation and Invention' at a free public event at Deakin Edge on Wednesday 14 March. This presentation was followed by a robust panel discussion, facilitated by Prof Emeritus Adrienne Clarke AC, panelists included Dr Erol Harvey, Ms Elpis Barons and Professor Calum Drummond.

The audience which included representation from industry, academia, leading institutions, government and the general public heard Prof Sanberg share his experience as a neuroscientist, research and entrepreneur. Prof Sanberg spoke of his passion for creating cultures that support and honor innovation and inventors.

Prof Sanberg's presentation covered his early years in Australia, and he talked of his later experience of walking the line between academia and inventor and how he forged a convergence between these two passions.

The panel drew on their collective experience within industry, the start-up community and academia to discuss the importance of nurturing innovation and innovative cultures with Prof Sanberg commenting that “Innovation must be nurtured”.

Another theme of the evening was entrepreneurial ambition, and how to nurture it. Dr Harvey commented that Australian entrepreneurs need to think big and be looking to grow their venture outside Australia early.
The discussion also talked on the broadening of the role of research institutes to include the translation of research into products that are market-ready.

The panel discussion was followed by an audience Q & A session where the new veski 'catch-box' - a fun alternative to a roving microphone - was road tested by our audience.

The evening was closed by Ms Georgia McDonald of the Wade Institute who spoke on the importance of empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs and the risks that Australians are willing to take in business referring to the popular vernacular of “having a crack”. 

During Prof Sanberg’s residency, veski also hosted an invitation only conversation on 5 March where Prof Sanberg spoke to the topic of “The Power of Academic Invention and Innovation” with a select group of Australian senior executives. Prof Sanberg shared his reflections on the benefits and lessons learnt in the cultivation of innovation and invention that is informed by academic research. His spoke to his experience in the commercialization of his inventions and of establishing the National Academy of Inventors.

The Fulbright Specialist program has been made possible with the support of partners Professor Andrew B Holmes - Bio21 Institute, Melbourne University, and Di Bambra - Wade Institute, Ormond College, and the University of Melbourne’s Schools of Science and Chemistry. 

 View Professor Paul Sanberg's Powerpoint Presentation

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