Forging strong partnerships between industry and academia

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Friday 21 October 2016

This event is part of the Victoria University Research Festival, taking place 17-28 October 2016.

The activity will bring together five cross-disciplinary industry bodies & associations, and VU researchers in an attempt to forge strong partnerships between industry and academia. Invited presenters will highlight recent developments and challenges in their industries.

The presentations will provide a great opportunity for attendees to understand some of the latest research and development needs in a range of industries including:

  • electricity
  • water
  • integrative medicine
  • red meat processing
  • environmental safety.

After the event, participating researchers will be able to comprehend and identify research funding opportunities in these sectors.

This interactive forum is a chance for participating industries to outline problems that they face. Researches can then learn about and understand the problems being encountered so that they may assist with research solutions.


Dr Richard Thornton

CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC)

Dr Richard Thornton has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BNHCRC since the start of the Centre in 2013. He is responsible for the day-to-day management, direction and performance of the centre. The Centre undertakes research that supports the development of cohesive, evidence-based policies, strategies, programs and tools to build a more disaster resilient Australia.

Mr Brad Mathers

Environment and Sustainability Program Manager, Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC)

Mr Brad Mathers has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Sunshine Coast. AMPC supports research and development in the red meat processing industry throughout Australia to improve the sustainability and efficiency of the sector.

Dr Paul Pretto

Executive Director, Capital Projects in the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)

Dr Paul Pretto is an Executive Director for DELWP and former CEO of Water Research Australia (WaterRA). He is a highly experienced water industry leader and executive manager. WaterRA is a not-for-profit company, established and funded by its members, to undertake collaborative research of national application on all aspects of drinking water, recycled water and waste water.

Associate Professor Kylie O'Brien

Director of Education and Director Integrative Chinese Medicine, National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM)

Associate Professor Kylie O'Brien's expertise is in Chinese medicine, toyohari meridian therapy, public health, and higher education curriculum development. NIIM is a not-for-profit organisation that brings together education and research in integrative medicine, as well as facilitating its practice at the NIIM Clinic.

Event details

The event is open to everyone and will be held on Friday 21 October, 4-7pm at VU's City Flinders campus.

Please RSVP by email to [email protected].

For further information, please contact the event coordinator, Dr Cagil Ozansoy.

Dr Cagil Ozansoy
Assistant Director (Research and Research Training)
Email: [email protected]

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21 October 2016, 4:00pm to 7:00pm

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Assistant Director (Research and Research Training)