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AIRG & ATSE present: Southern Region Dinner - Embracing the Future

AIRG & ATSE present

Southern Region Dinner - Embracing the Future

Across all sides of politics and all levels of government, the imperative for innovation is clear. To be a confident, resilient and forward-looking nation we need to transition Australia to a knowledge-based economy. With key science and innovation policies already on the table – and more expected in an election year – it’s time to translate ambition into action. 

Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel is an independent adviser to government and a long-standing advocate of science and technology for Australia’s future. Join him for a discussion on the challenge and excitement of “Embracing the Future”.

Dr Alan Finkel FTSE Australia's Chief Scientist and former ATSE President



Dr Alan Finkel FTSE

Australia's Chief Scientist and former ATSE President



Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.  Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.   Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).  Dr Finkel was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.  In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company.  In 2006, he returned to Australia and undertook a wide range of activities including co-founding Cosmos Magazine. During his time at ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science.

Embracing the Future

"Take a bit of the future and make it your present” – Andy Grove, legendary co-founder and CEO of Intel.  Can we be systematic in this endeavour rather than leaving it to chance? What role for industrial research management, for publicly funded research and for government in bringing forward the present?  If I knew the correct answers I would write a book, but it is clear that there are some best practices that are not yet fully established in Australia and some in the pipeline that will help. 

Event Details

Monday 23 May 2016
6:15pm for 7:00pm start


Georges Restaurant
Upper floor
819 Burke Road
Camberwell VIC 3124
Click here for map
There is a large parking area behind the restaurant.


$70 pp - AIRG & ATSE Members
$90 pp - Non Members
Prices include GST


Register online now via Eventbrite


Please RSVP by Friday 13 May 2016



Networking refreshments provided by

Earlier Event: 16 February
AIRG Summer Meeting 2016