24 September 2020
1pm-2pm (AEST)

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The next webinar in APR.Intern’s research translation series showcases an expert panel discussing the theory of knowledge transfer and its practical application driving Australian business innovation.

Facilitated by Chad Renando, this session – including panellists from the Australian Space Agency, UTS and CEAT – is focusing on technology, including a case study of knowledge transfer in the space industry.

Themes for exploration include:

  • Understanding of research translation, its application and benefits.
  • The industry-university research gap; why it exists and solutions to improve collaboration.
  • How network specialists, Clearbox Systems, utilises academic expertise.

Who should attend?

  • Members of the the Australian Innovation Community, entrepreneurs, start-ups, innovators and service providers.
  • Researchers, industry and Government representatives interested in solutions to bridge Australia’s research translation gap.

Registrations have now closed for this webinar. View the recording here and subscribe to more event alerts here.



Director, Startup Status; Managing Director (Australia), Global Entrepreneurship Network; Research Fellow, Queensland University of Technology

Chad is a Research Fellow in the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at QUT. He is tasked as Project Manager implementing the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor for Australia that will see a significant boost in sample size and greater precision in regional estimation of entrepreneurial activity.

Chad holds a Masters in Applied Social Science (Management) with the Australian College of Applied Psychology and is currently undertaking his doctoral research that is exploring the role of the innovation hub in building community resilience. His broader research focuses on entrepreneurship policy and practice. He works closely with entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders, such as governments, universities, corporations, innovation hubs, and entrepreneur programs, to measure the long term impact of their innovation investment and helps regions connect entrepreneurial activity to community resilience.

His additional roles include Director for the not-for-profit Startup Status and Managing Director (Australia) for the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

Executive Director, Strategy and Policy, Australian Space Agency

Adam is the Executive Director of Strategy and Policy at the Australian Space Agency (the Agency), commencing in the role when the Agency launched operations in July 2018.  Adam has responsibility for civil space policy matters in the Agency, as well as the development and implementation of the Agency’s investment plan, and the strategy to grow and transform Australia’s space industry.

Adam has extensive industry policy and program experience in the defence and aerospace sectors, working in a range or roles for the Australian government in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.  Before joining the Department in 2009, Adam worked in several roles in the private sector in Australia and abroad.  He has worked in the development of observatory systems for optical astronomy and laser ranging, as well as in the development of military, industrial and consumer products.

Head of Partnerships, Corporate Relations Centre, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

John is the Head of Partnerships, Corporate Relations Centre at UTS. John supports the Director in setting the Centre’s strategic direction in relation to managing existing and growing new whole of university strategic partnerships.

John’s primary focus is to identify, foster and establish new strategic partnerships that align with UTS’ values and Tier 1 strategic objectives and introduce institutional quality strategic relationship management practices.

Prior to joining UTS, John’s career spanned close to 20 years in the health industry. His early career was spent as a senior health consultant and later as the National Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s leading corporate health providers serving both the federal government and private sector. He has also worked for Executive Health Solutions, Australia’s leading executive health provider, driving business development and client relationships with a diverse range of national clients.

A strong advocate for higher education and its impact on industry, government and the wider community.

Industry Engagement Senior Manager, Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT)

Martin has worked in the agricultural sector for the past 15 years, primarily in agricultural research, policy and industry engagement in the areas of research translation, on-farm technology adoption and innovation.

Martin is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), where he leads the industry engagement portfolio across CEAT’s research translation and education initiatives. Prior to working at CEAT, Martin worked at the Fenner School at the ANU, with primary responsibility for developing new industry led education programs including the Master of Science in Agricultural Innovation.

Innovation Facilitator, Innovation Connections

James is an Innovation Facilitator within CSIRO’s SME Connect team and helps to deliver the Innovation Connections programme in partnership with the Department for Industry, Science, Energy & Resources  – supporting collaboration between industry and research sectors.

He works with small/medium businesses and connects them with relevant research expertise and capability for projects across a range of industry sectors, helping to secure grant funding for participating organisations.

Part of CSIRO for two years, James previously held positions in companies within software and publishing industries.

Business Development Officer, APR.Intern

Alyssa joined the APR.Intern team in 2020 as a Business Developer and is responsible for matching PhD students with industry and government in the ACT. Alyssa enjoys creating relationships with stakeholders from a broad range of organisations and developing projects that enhance industry innovation and PhD employability.

Prior to joining APR.Intern, Alyssa was the Business Manager of a plant research facility hosted by the Australian National University (ANU). In this role, Alyssa developed extensive skills across business development within the university and research sectors. Alyssa also helped establish the ACT Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology. As the Business Developer of the Centre, Alyssa onboarded startups and SME’s into the Centre’s innovation hub.

Alyssa holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons 1st) majoring in Earth Science from ANU and a Diploma of Management (Business Administration) from the Sydney Technical Institute. She has completed leadership training at ANU and a Marine Geoscience Masterclass through the Australian and New Zealand IODP Consortium.

Executive Director, Clearbox Systems

Jeremy Hallett is Executive Director at Clearbox Systems an Australian technology company that provides better solutions for the Operations and Management of Communications Networks and the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Jeremy has expertise in Satellite Communications, Space Domain Awareness and Secure Communications, and in 13 years at Clearbox Systems has overseen delivery of complex technology for organisations such as Defence, Telstra, Airservices Australia, NBN Co and the ABC.

Looking to the future, Jeremy is all about dual-use technology, collaboration and export, and has recently secured partnerships in Australia, Europe and the United States to drive new business.


Registrations have now closed for this webinar.

View the recording here and subscribe to more event alerts here.