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

November 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table

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

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.

 

September 2018 Monthly AIRG Melbourne Round Table
When:  8.00am – 11.30am Tuesday 25th September 2018
Where:  TBA
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.