Regional Innovation Podcasts

Episode 35 – Science Meets Parliament 2024

Episode 35 – Science Meets Parliament 2024

In this episode, we reflect on Science Meets Parliament 2024 – a bespoke training event run annually by Science and Technology Australia. This event brings together emerging scientists and Australian federal parliamentarians to strengthen connections between STEM professionals and decision-makers.

I chat with Sharath Sriram, President of Science Technology Australia, RMIT Professor and start up founder. We also hear from attendees Preeti Castle, Mark Hutchinson, Alfonso Chinnici, Warwick Bowen, and Parwinder Kaur, to get their impressions of #SMP2024.

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Episode 34 – Innovation and the board: Reflections on ambition, culture, and the opportunity for Australia with David Thodey

Episode 34 – Innovation and the board: Reflections on ambition, culture, and the opportunity for Australia with David Thodey

In this special episode, I had the privilege of talking with David Thodey AO, whose experiences and roles have included board and chair roles in organisations such as Xero, CSIRO, Ramsay Health Care, Telstra, and Chancellor Elect at the University of Sydney. David is also a figurehead and thought leader within AICD, particularly around innovation and the role that it can play in Australian business and society.

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Episode 33 – It takes a village to raise a start up: The importance of advice and governance with Anne-Marie Perret

Episode 33 – It takes a village to raise a start up: The importance of advice and governance with Anne-Marie Perret

In this episode, we get the chance to catch up with Anne-Marie Perret, an independent advisor and significant contributor to the Canberra innovation ecosystem through her roles as mentor and board member with several ventures. Anne-Marie is also an active member of the Griffin Accelerator (which works alongside the Canberra Innovation Network) as advisor, board member and angel investor.

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Episode 30 – The Other Triple Helix: Entrepreneurship, science and theology with John Bloomer

Episode 30 – The Other Triple Helix: Entrepreneurship, science and theology with John Bloomer

In this episode, we discuss a different lens through which to look at entrepreneurship with John Bloomer. John has taken a journey from chemistry to agricultural seed technologies through advisory and board roles to his newly found vocation within the Church of England. John started his career at ICI and through a period of active mergers and acquisitions through the 1980s and 1990s, arrived at Syngenta, establishing the wheat and barley breeding business and migrating into an intrapreneur role with that organisation, before heading into independent consulting.

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Episode 29 – Reflections on National Innovation Policy

Episode 29 – Reflections on National Innovation Policy

In this episode, we have the opportunity to reflect on the recent National Innovation Policy Forum in Canberra last month with my colleague, Dr Faisal Younus, who participated in the event. Thanks to Cooperative Research Australia, we also have been able to weave some excerpts from the panels into our discussions to try to offer some reflections and insights from the day’s events.

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Episode 28 – Skyfill and unsustainable sustainability with Jim Lane

Episode 28 – Skyfill and unsustainable sustainability with Jim Lane

In this episode, I have the great pleasure of having our first omnipresent guest, Jim Lane, who is everywhere within the biobased economy with his leading daily publication The Digest. In the midst of driving the Bold Goals Initiative, catalysed by the US Inflation Reduction Act, and running the Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Conference (ABLC), we catch up with Jim on current perspectives on the bioeconomy and a little soothsaying on what the next few years might look like.

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Episode 29 – Reflections on National Innovation Policy

Episode 27 – The National Innovation Forum Prequel with Catherine Livingstone and David Thodey

I’m delighted to bring you a special podcast leading up to the 2023 National Innovation Policy Forum, presented by Cooperative Research Australia, to bring leaders from business, government, research – and boundary spanning organisations to focus on the future of the Australian innovation system.

 I had the opportunity to have a pre-forum conversation with co-patrons Catherine Livingstone AO and David Thodey AO for their thoughts on the current innovation landscape, the role of policy, and the importance of a shared vision for Australia’s future.

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