Engaging with Industry - Victoria

Engaging with Industry - Victoria

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Ian Potter Auditorium

Kenneth Myer Building Melbourne

30 Royal Parade

Melbourne, VIC 3000


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Thanks for registering for this event as part of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM! We look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about IMNIS and our upcoming events at www.imnis.org.au. #IMNIS #mentoring


Perhaps you have a bold idea, some exciting data, or a prototype to optimise and license - and you want to engage with industry. To translate research to knowledge, practice, policy or product, you need to know how to pitch the benefits and impact of your research clearly to a wide range of audiences, and what it is exactly potential industry partners need to know. Our speakers will share key advice in developing strategies to increase engagement and collaborations between industry and academia.

As part of the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) you can connect with some dynamic individuals at this event – Engaging with Industry.

Our Keynote Speaker, Professor David Huang, Clunies Ross Awardee and Group leader at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research will share his challenges and successes in development of the anti-cancer agent venetoclax, which involved a collaboration with the companies Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and AbbVie.

Science advocate, strategist and leader, Dr Krystal Evans, will then lead our esteemed panellists in a discussion about fostering a culture of innovation and collaboration. Discussion will focus on how, when and why to engage with industry, the importance of understanding commercialisation, milestones, timelines and budgets, developing strong professional connections beyond academia, as well as how developing an entrepreneurial mindset can facilitate resilience and success in any setting. Dr Evans will also ask the panel how we can foster stronger collaborations between industry and academia and what is the best strategy for success.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet outstanding STEM professionals and industry leaders.

  • 7:30am Registration (coffee/tea and light breakfast available)

  • 8:00am Proceedings begin

  • 9:30am Event close

This event is for all mentors and mentees participating in the IMNIS programs in Victoria. Other STEM students and professionals are also welcome to attend. Seats are limited so registration is essential.

IMNIS is a national initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The Academy is grateful to IMNIS Partners - MTPConnect, METS Ignited, NERA, AusBiotech and Mentorloop - and Sponsors BHP, KPMG and CSL, for their ongoing support of this flagship initiative.

Industry professionals who mentor with IMNIS generously donate their time, energy and expertise to the development of Australia's future leaders in STEM. Universities and Institutes support their PhD students to participate. The Academy gratefully acknowledges their visionary leadership and investment in the future STEM workforce.

This event is hosted by the Melbourne Brain Centre and will be held in the Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building.

  • Dr Krystal Evans

    Dr Krystal Evans

    Leader, Strategist, IMNIS Mentor
  • Leigh Farrell

    Leigh Farrell

    Certara Senior Vice President, Commercial
  • Dr Michael Foley

    Dr Michael Foley

    AdAlta Chief Scientific Officer
  • Prof. Bronwyn Fox

    Prof. Bronwyn Fox

    Swinburne University of Technology Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute
  • Madeleine Kelly

    Madeleine Kelly

    FB Rice Partner
  • Professor David Huang - Keynote

    Professor David Huang - Keynote

    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Laboratory Head