Presentations - Summer Meeting 2013

Grand Technology Challenges: Australasian Industry’s Future Place in the World

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, NSW, 17-19 February 2013

The AIRG Summer Meeting 2013 was held on the topic of “Grand Technology Challenges: Australasian Industry’s Future Place in the World”, with support from the University of Wollongong. The meeting discussed how changes in Technology and its Management can impact the future of Industry.  Specifically, the conference considered a number of notable “Grand Technology Challenges” and how these major endeavours are likely to change and/or challenge Australasian Industry into the future. The conference also included a dinner at the Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong, and a technical visit to BlueScope Steel R&D Labs.

Professor Jeff Jones, Queensland University of Technology - R&D, Innovation and Grand Technology Challenges

SESSION ONE: The Minerals and Mining Sector

Chair, Dr Ian Harrison, Alcoa

Dr Jonathan Moodie, Consultant - Can the mining and minerals companies meet their significant technological challenges?

Mr David Varcoe, BlueScope Steel -  Surviving the Perfect Storm

Dr Nick Cutmore, CSIRO -  The Future of Mining: challenges, opportunities, technology and innovation

SESSION TWO: Australasian Manufacturing

Chair: Mr Ken Mirams. Consultant

Dr Fred Bradner, Weir Minerals -  Weir Minerals - Maintaining a Vibrant Manufacturing Capability in Australia is not easy - adapting to the Technology Challenge

Mr Bruce Grey, Advanced Manufacturing CRC - Grand Technology Challenges: Australasian Industry’s Future Place in the World - Part I; Grand Technology Challenges: Australasian Industry’s Future Place in the World - Part II

Dr Andrew Hind, Agilent Technologies - An evolution in elemental speectroscopy: Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy 

SESSION THREE: The Australasian Food Industry

Chair: Mr Greg Redden, Enterprise Connect

Dr Gavin Ross, Plant & Food Research - Fruit & Vegetables: Industries with Opportunity

Professor Melissa Fitzgerald, University of Queensland - Grand Technology Challenges: Australasian Industry’s Future Place in the World – The Industry of Food

Dr Andrew Fletcher, Fonterra - Improving the White Stuff: A Dairy Innovation Perspective

DINNER

Professor Paul Wellings, Vice Chancellor, University of Wollongong - The UOW Innovation Campus and interactions with industry

SESSION FOUR: IT and Telecommunications

Chair: Dr Greg Smith, SciVentures

Dr Ian Opperman, CSIRO - Living in a Broadband World: Driving Productivity in the Digital Economy through Service Innovation - Part ILiving in a Broadband World: Driving Productivity in the Digital Economy through Service Innovation - Part II

Mr Gary McLaren, NBN Co - Australia's NBN

Dr Paul Alexander, Cohda Wireless