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Industry Forum: Recruiting Talent for Australia: Opportunities and Barriers

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Swinburne University of Technology

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Join the discussion & lead the conversation - identify gaps opportunities & shape future Australian manufacturing across a range of sectors.

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Industry Forum: Recruiting Talent for Australia: Opportunities and Barriers

Convenors: Professor Chris Berndt (SEAM Director) & Professor Peter Kingshott (SEAM Deputy Director)

The ARC Training Centre in Surface Engineering for Advanced Materials – SEAM, will host a panel discussion that aims to address the challenges and opportunities in Australia for key areas in Additive Manufacturing across different sectors where surface engineering is a critical technology.

Aims of the forum include discussing opportunities and barriers in training a skilled workforce, optimising gender and ethnic diversity, strategies to attract and onshore the best talent, including domestic students, and strategies to deliver research outcomes during a global pandemic.

This event will be moderator by Professor Alan Duffy (Swinburne) and we will hear from a range of specialist industry panel members: Professor Virginia Kilborn (Swinburne), Mr Jason Coonan (IMCRC), Mr Peter Richings (MTSA), and representatives from the Department of Home Affairs.

We invite members from industry, academia and the broad global community to join us in leading the conversation to identify gaps and opportunities that will shape the future of Australian manufacturing across a range of sectors with a global outreach.

Professor Alan Duffy (Swinburne)Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia and astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology, Professor Alan Duffy is the inaugural Director of the Space Technology and Industry Institute at Swinburne, finding ways to use space to help companies and communities on Earth. Alan is also the cofounder and CEO of mDetect Pty Ltd, a spinout company from his research that uses particles from space to scan through rock for mineral exploration, identification of structural weaknesses in tailings dams, and subsidence/air gaps below critical infrastructure.

Professor Virginia Kilborn (Swinburne)Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne Research and Enterprise Professor Virginia Kilborn is also Swinburne’s inaugural Chief Scientist, working to further education, research, policy and equity at Swinburne and beyond. Virginia is also a radio astronomer with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University, where her research interests include tracing galaxy evolution by studying the neutral hydrogen gas in galaxies. Virginia is an enthusiastic educator and has taught into the Swinburne Astronomy online program since 2006, as well as undertaking numerous public outreach opportunities.

Mr Jason Coonan (IMCRC)Jason is an innovation sector executive with a long history of leading in organisations that operate at the intersection of industry, scientific research and government. He is experienced with managing business operations, research & development partnerships and intellectual property commercialisation. Prior to joining IMCRC, Jason had senior roles at the Young and Well CRC and the University of Melbourne, leading industry engagement and commercialisation operations. He holds advanced qualifications in medical science, intellectual property law, business administration and corporate governance.

Peter Richings (MTSA)

Peter Richings is the Director of MacTaggart Scott Australia. An ex Royal Navy Helicopter Test Pilot and Qualified Helicopter Instructor who Commanded 771 Sqn, SAR at RNAS Culdrose, as well as Royal Naval Flying Standards flight. He spent 9 years with AgustaWestland based in Malaysia before moving to Australia to set up MacTaggart Scott Australia 10 years ago. The Company looks after the MTS equipment on Collins Class and the LHDs. Weight is critical for Submarines and in addition the equipment sits in sea water for most of its life, so advance materials are of great interest.

DHA representativeDepartment of Home Affairs (DHA) representatives will be Global Talent Officer Australasia and Business, Industry & Regional Outreach Officer.

The event will begin from 4.45PM, for 1.5 hours followed by canapes and drinks.

We aim to host this as a hybrid event:In person, in Hawthorn (Melbourne, Australia)Virtual, an MS Teams link will be provided to those who register.

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