Exclusive, facilitated membership activities

AIRG Members are invited to participate in activities and events around Australia shaped to meet the specific needs of the local  membership cohort, including:

·         Monthly Round Table meetings: open to Corporate Members or by invitation, AIRG Round Table meetings take place in Sydney and Melbourne and will soon commence in Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Round Table sessions are our prime member participation event, setting the agenda for broader engagement with all member levels and external stakeholders.

·         Quarterly Innovation Forums: open to all Members and invited contributors, our regular forums feature a panel or speaker who delivers a topic drawn from the Round Table discussions.

·         AIRG Annual Conference: bringing together Members from across Australia, the two-day event includes speakers, panel sessions, and member recognition activities (such as the AIRG Medal).

Activity and Events Calendar

September 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

 When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 10th September 2019

 Where:  University Technology Sydney, Dean's Boardroom

 Guest Speaker:  To be confirmed

 Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group. There will be a limited number of free places for new organisations seeking AIRG membership

 August 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

 When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 27th August 2019

 Where:  To be confirmed

 Guest Speaker:  To be confirmed

 Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group. There will be a limited number of free places for new organisations seeking AIRG membership

 August 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

 When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 13th August 2019

 Where:  University Technology Sydney, Dean's Boardroom

 Guest Speaker:  Juliet Bourke, Human Capital Partner, Deloitte

 Leadership and diversity are two key themes that permeate our conversation and so in our August Sydney AIRG Round Table we are lucky to have Juliet Bourke, Human Capital Partner from Deloitte share some of her research and insights on diverse teams and increasing team performance.

 July 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Where:    Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Level 16, 333 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000

Guest Speaker:  James Deverall, Director, CSIRO Futures

Australia’s CSIRO invests significant funds considering our uncertain future and technologies and developments to enhance opportunities for the local economy and Australian industry.  CSIRO Futures has just published its latest report: Australia 2030: navigating our uncertain future.  This month, we are very fortunate to have James Deverell, Director of CSIRO Futures as our Guest Speaker to tell us something about CSIRO’s predictions and scenario analysis for the future and provide some insights so we can all make better decisions. 

July 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 9th July 2019

Where:    AICD Business Centre, 18 Jamison Street, Sydney

Guest Speaker:  Bob Wood, Distinguished Professor & Director, Futures Academy, UTS

For our July 2019 Sydney Round Table, we are fortunate enough to have Distinguished Professor Bob Wood as our Guest Speaker.  Professor Wood will provide additional expertise to our Group’s discussions regarding the future of work and the impact of the changes on the way we work, manage our innovation and R&D teams, and the kind of talent and skills we may need to retain, retrain, and attract.

June 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 25th June 2019

Where:    IMCRC Board Room, Building 91, 110 Victoria Street, Carlton.

Guest Speaker:  David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC

Amongst a few success stories, there have been many discussions within the AIRG that suggest that the CRC model is structurally broken for creating value for industry innovators and participants.  The IMCRC claims to have changed the way the CRC model works and the manner in which collaborators engage with each other and funding and benefits flow.  The IMCRC is a Cooperative Research Centre that helps Australian companies increase their global relevance through research-led innovation in manufacturing products, processes and services.  It has a vision for Australian manufacturing to be thriving, relevant and globally integrated.  Our Guest Speaker David Chuter will argue a case for IMCRC having got the model right and talk to AIRG Members about opportunities to access IMCRC funding reserves to develop commercially relevant new manufacturing business models, products, processes, and services.

 June 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 11th June 2019

Where:    Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM), University of NSW

Guest Speaker:  David Chuter, CEO and Managing Director, IMCRC

Amongst a few success stories, there have been many discussions within the AIRG that suggest that the CRC model is structurally broken for creating value for industry innovators and participants.  The IMCRC claims to have changed the way the CRC model works and the manner in which collaborators engage with each other and funding and benefits flow.  The IMCRC is a Cooperative Research Centre that helps Australian companies increase their global relevance through research-led innovation in manufacturing products, processes and services.  It has a vision for Australian manufacturing to be thriving, relevant and globally integrated.  Our Guest Speaker David Chuter will argue a case for IMCRC having got the model right and talk to AIRG Members about opportunities to access IMCRC funding reserves to develop commercially relevant new manufacturing business models, products, processes, and services.

 

May 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table and AIRG Annual General Meeting

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 28th May 2019

Where:    Orica, Melbourne

Guest Speaker:  Peter Blamey, Director of Technology, Blamey & Saunders Hears

This month in Melbourne we are very lucky to have long-standing AIRG supporter Peter Blamey give us some insights into the Blamey Saunders Hears journey to bring the innovative and award-winning Facett hearing aid from concept through to successful commercialisation and the philosophy around the approach taken.

At the end of the regular Round Table session, AIRG will hold its Annual General Meeting

 May 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When:      8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 14th May 2019

Where:    Swaab Attorneys, Level 4, Hunter Street, Sydney

Guest Speaker:  Roman Teslyuk, Chief Executive Officer, Earth AI

Many of our Round Table discussions encompass the tensions between innovation and the entrenched tried and trusted ways of doing things, the challenges of securing support for new approaches from a range of stakeholders that need to come on board to provide a chance of profitable introduction of new technology, and the boldness required of the technology champion.  These things often manifest themselves in situations where digital big data approaches encroach on areas of professional judgement and expertise.  Australian exploration innovation company Earth AI is taking a new approach to the old problem of funding and conducting mineral exploration using AI and big data techniques to rapidly scour the vast publicly available geoscience data sets to find valuable minerals.

 March 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:     8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 26th March 2019

Where:    RMIT, First Floor, Council Chamber, La Trobe Street, Melbourne

Guest Speaker:  Sarah Dods, Innovation Business Owner, Australia Post

While many of our structured R&D programmes run step-wise over long periods of time and across budget cycles, we love the idea of ideation and innovation moving quickly, succeeding or failing fast.  This is potentially challenging within a large organisation, and the challenge rises when developing something entirely new.  At this round table, we are fortunate enough to have Sarah Dods, Innovation Business Owner, Australia Post shares some of her experience regarding ways to get things done faster and some of the challenges to be faced with disruptive innovation, including:

-  Risk management for innovation when 99.9% is unknown

-  Funding, governance and resourcing models, and social license to innovate

-  Living customer centricity when you don’t have the targeted customers yet

-  Pro’s and Con’s of inter-organisational collaboration

 

March 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When:     8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 12th March 2019

Where:    University Technology Sydney, Dean’s Boardroom, Level 12, Building 11

Guest Speaker:  Adrian Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, GrantReady

In the last quarter of 2018, we saw a good deal of press discussing recent and coming changes to the R&D Tax Incentive programme.  This has been accompanied by a range of commentary that has either lauded the changes since the support is seen to be increasing focus, albeit shrinking, on more R&D intensive businesses; or commentary that has heavily criticised the changes since they are perceived as a real problem for vibrant software development start-ups.  Whatever your views, changes are happening to government support for R&D at a time when Australian Business Investment in R&D is in decline.  Following on from a very engaging session in Melbourne, we are fortunate to have CEO of GrantReady, Adrian Spencer, an expert in the area of government support, providing insight into the changes and potential impacts at our Sydney session.

February 2019 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:         8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 26th February 2019

Where:        Lockheed Martin STELaRLab, Level 4, 766 Elizabeth Street Melbourne

Guest Speaker:  Adrian Spencer, Chief Executive Officer, GrantReady
In the last quarter of 2018, we saw a good deal of press discussing recent and coming changes to the R&D Tax Incentive programme.  This has been accompanied by a range of commentary that has either lauded the changes since the support is seen to be increasing focus, albeit shrinking, on more R&D intensive businesses; or commentary that has heavily criticised the changes since they are perceived as a real problem for vibrant software development start-ups.  Whatever your views, changes are happening to government support for R&D at a time when Australian Business Investment in R&D is in decline.  In our first AIRG Melbourne Round Table for 2019, we are fortunate to have CEO of GrantReady, Adrian Spencer, an expert in the area of government support, providing insight into the changes and potential impacts.

 

February 2019 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table
When:         8.00am – 11.30pm, Tuesday 12th February 2019

Where:        University Technology Sydney, Dean's Boardroom, Level 12, Building 11.

Guest Speaker:  John Howard, Director of the Acton Institute for Policy Research and Innovation
Experiences; good, bad, and ugly; in business engagement with universities and other public research organisations is a topic that repeatedly comes up in our Round Tables and in separate conversations between AIRG Members.  Some of us have stated that their interactions with universities and CSIRO have been critical for the development of their products and services.  Some have said that collaboration is a necessary aspect that needs to be accommodated to ensure good community standing or access to graduates, but that it is not a key aspect of their organisation’s technological development.  Others have been downright disappointed by outcomes and the cultural clash created when academics and industry scientists try to work together to produce timely and tangible outcomes.  Whatever your experience, it is valuable to learn from others’ experience and to work out how to collaborate better and how to evaluate the results.  In our first AIRG Sydney Round Table for 2019, we are fortunate to have John Howard, Director of the Acton Institute for Policy Research and Innovation assisting our discussions and providing some insight into the studies he has conducted regarding University – Business engagement and collaboration.

December 2018 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When: 8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 11th December 2018

Where: Thales Australia, 7 Murray Rose Avenue, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 2127

Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Sydney and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Sydney Group. There will be a limited number of free places for new organisations seeking AIRG membership.

November 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When: 8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 27th November 2018

Where: : Blamey & Saunders Hearing, 364 Albert Street, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

Guest Speaker: Dr Chris Berg, Senior Research Fellow, RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub

Blockchains are the underlying technology that powers cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, but it turns out that blockchains can do much more than power digital currencies. Blockchains are fundamentally a technology of governance. Dr Berg’s work suggests that the implications for all businesses and transactions could be transformative for the way the economy and all firms operate. Are your business models ready for the transition?

Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

November 2018 Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table

When: 8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 13th November 2018

Where: ACS Boardroom, Level 27, Tower One, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000. 

Guest Speaker: George Lawson, Country Manager Australia & NZ, Alipay

For our November Sydney Round Table, in addition to our regular session programme, we will be joined by George Lawson, Country Manager Aus & NZ, Alipay. A business of the globally-operating Chinese company Alibaba, since 2004 has partnered with more than 200 financial institutions and has established itself as the world’s largest mobile and online payment platform. George will enlighten us on some of his views regarding driving an innovative business model, working against the entrenched incumbents, and his observations on successful problem-solving inside a Chinese corporation. Rapid technology shifts and innovative business models are affecting all of our businesses and, most importantly, all of our markets. Is there something you could learn from Alipay’s extraordinary success?

Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Sydney and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Sydney Group. There will be a limited number of free places for new organisations seeking AIRG membership.

 October 2018: Inaugural Monthly AIRG Sydney Round Table
When: 8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 9th October 2018
Where: University of Technology Sydney,
Guest Speaker: Professor Roy Green, Chair of Port of Newcastle
Roy Green has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas. He chaired the Australian Government’s Innovative Regions Centre and CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, and has served on the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce and as expert adviser to the recent Senate Innovation System inquiry. Amongst many other distinguished achievements, he has contributed to publications on productivity, skills and innovation, including a major CEDA report on Australia’s future workforce, and a ‘Reimagining NSW’ project for the NSW Governor and NSW Vice Chancellors Committee. Professor Roy Green will be discussing Australia’s innovation policies, implementation challenges, and the implications for companies conducting and commercialising R&D in Australia.
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Sydney and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Sydney Group. There will be a limited number of free places for new organisations seeking AIRG membership

September 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table
When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 25th September 2018
Where:  University of Melbourne, Old Geology Room 101
Guest Speaker:  Dr Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
In June 2018, the Lead Scientists Strategy document was released and Amanda Caples was quoted “Victoria’s knowledge institutions are our strong advantage - let’s better align them and connect them into our innovation ecosystem, for the joint benefit of the Victorian community and economy.”  AIRG Members are a very significant part of the innovation ecosystem.  Dr Caples will introduce her strategy and discuss other Victorian Gov't initiatives for innovation & industry research.

 Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 August 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table
When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 28th August 2018
Where:  Dow Chemicals Australia, Level 17, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Guest Speaker:  John Lord AM, Chairman Huawei Technologies Australia
Huawei have been in the news a lot lately being portrayed as both a critical global technology leader and conversely too big a risk to Australia to be considered for development of our 5G network.  Whatever your views, we all have to consider the paradigm change that has Chinese companies leading technology development rather than just manufacturing technology for non-Chinese multi-nationals.  Huawei Technologies Australia Chairman, John Lord AM, will provide us some of his views on this paradigm change and some of the challenges facing Australia in the STEM fields.

 Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 July 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table
When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 24th July 2018
Where:  University of Melbourne, Old Geology Room 101
Guest Speaker:  Professor Lloyd Hollenberg, Deputy Director of the Centre for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology
This month, we’re fortunate enough to have Lloyd Hollenberg, giving us his insights into the coming business disruption from quantum computing.  Recent developments have propelled quantum computing from a theoretical concept into a tangible computing option for many businesses – one with the potential to deliver business value by solving difficult subsets of problems in entirely new ways and changing the way your market searches for and acquires the goods and services it seeks.  Are you prepared?

 

Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

June 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 26th June 2018
Where:  Dulux Australia, 1956 Princes Highway, Clayton, VIC 3168
Guest Speaker:  Tim Davey, Polymer Technology Manager, Dulux Australia
The Round Table session will incorporate a tour of Dulux’s R&D facility. The Dulux Innovation Centre houses approximately 70 chemists who develop coating products that are sold under the brand names of Dulux, British Paints, Cabot’s and Intergrain. The tour will cover the formulation and testing of coatings, the development of polymeric latex binders and the analytical facilities that support the R&D work and customer needs. In addition, we’ll get to see the artificial weathering units used to validate exterior coatings and gain an insight into the R&D process at Dulux.
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

Clunies Ross Awards Innovation Dinner

When:  Wednesday 13th June 2018
Where:  Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne, Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker:  Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, and Australian of the Year
The 2018 ATSE Innovation Dinner will be held to present the Clunies Ross Awards.  Awards are presented in three separate categories:
-  Entrepreneur of the Year
-  Knowledge and Commercialisation
-  Innovation
At the generous invitation of ATSE, AIRG will be hosting a table for Members.  The event should bring together Australia’s top leaders and innovators from research, industry, academia and government and provide a valuable networking opportunity.

 

May 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table
When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Where:  University of Melbourne, Old Geology Room 101
Guest Speaker:  Antony Burrows, Head of Banker and Assisted Digital Channels, National Australia Bank

For 17 years’ Antony has worked in digital business, with experience in General, Commercial, Strategy, Operations, Business Development and Technical Management. Antony is responsible for over 20 international eCommerce products of scale up to 65k+ transactions / $6m turnover per day and draws on his 12 years leading teams in the design and implementation of digital strategy, with a focus on creating new, and improving existing, digital and mobile channels.
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

April 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 24th April 2018
Where:  Textor Technologies, 41 Tullamarine Park Road, Tullamarine Victoria 3043
Host:  Phillip Butler, Director, Textor Technologies
Textor Technologies’ story began in December 2000 when the Butlers purchased Textor from its English parent company.  Since then it has been transformed from a traditional textile manufacturer focused on the garment and automotive markets into a supplier of highly specialised fabrics for the hygiene industry.  Along the way, it has quadrupled in size, become a key part of the international medical and healthcare supply chain and exports over 1,000 40-foot containers of high-tech fabrics every year. 
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

March 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 27th March 2018
Where:  University of Melbourne, Raymond Priestley Building, Level 7 Board Room
Guest Speaker:  Adrian Spencer of Grant Ready
Adrian Spencer has a wealth of knowledge regarding Australian Government programmes to support innovation and R&D.  He will share this knowledge with the session and provide insights as to how changes in Government policy has affected R&D activities across the country.
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

February 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 27th February 2018
Where:  Dow Chemical (Australia) Pty Ltd. Melbourne Commercial Centre, Level 17, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne Vic 3000
Guest Speaker:  Dileban Karunamoorthy, IBM Research – Australia
Our Guest Speaker will discuss the impact of blockchain on future Australian business.  Dileban leads both first-of-a-kind blockchain engagements in the region, as well as research on distributed ledger technologies in the context of permissioned networks and its interplay with public blockchain networks, ranging from platforms such as Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum, to models for accounting, value transfer, markets and governance.  He has been working with business to cover a broad set of industries including finance, agriculture, government and airlines on problems such as cross-border payments, decentralized credit bureaus, trade finance, trade logistics, supply chain, identity and government.

 

November 2017 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 28th November 2017
Where:  Blamey Saunders Hears, 364 Albert Street, East Melbourne Vic 3002
Guest Speaker:  Professor Beth Webster, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Policy and Impact), Director, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology
This month’s Round Table will include AIRG Board Member Andrew Potts sharing AMOG’s experiences with the development of their award winning LGS technology and some of the organizational and business challenges faced during the R&D and subsequent commercialization.  In the second half of the meeting, Guest Speaker Professor Beth Webster is going to talk to us about Measuring and Accounting for Innovations and Related Intangibles in the 21st Century; a fantastic follow-on to Danny Samson’s discussions on measuring innovation with “off balance sheet” indicators. 

 

October 2017 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 24th October 2017
Where:  Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, 333 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Guest Speaker:  Professor Danny Samson, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne. 
Professor Danny Samson’s special areas of expertise include innovation and technology management, business competitiveness, decision making, and manufacturing.
Invited participants include all Corporate Member Representatives based in Melbourne and surrounds plus others from interstate that have expressed an interest to meet and interact with the Melbourne Group.

 

September 2017 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

When:  8.00am – 11.30pm Tuesday 26th September 2017
Where:  Wimmera Room, Australian Institute of Company Directors, Level 26, 367 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Guest Speaker:  Chris Butler, Manager – Cognitive Analytics, IBM Research & Development, Australia Laboratory
Chris is part of IBM Research’s global Financial Service leadership team and has been working with AI technologies, such as natural language processing, across Government, Financial Services sectors. His team is responsible for IBM Research – Australia’s engagements with Watson technologies including a number of projects delivered in conjunction with IBM Watson. Throughout his tenure he has been engaging with clients across a wide variety of industries including Federal Government, Education, Insurance and Banking.  Chris will share his knowledge regarding Cognitive Computing, AI and its increasing impact on Australian Business.