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Turning Ideas into Jobs: Accelerating R&D in NSW

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

}10:30 am – 11:30 am

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Jean Cheney | jean@aiia.com.au

Non-member price: $25.00 (Ex. GST, booking fees & charges)


The NSW Government is delivering on the Turning Ideas into Jobs: Accelerating R&D in NSW Action Plan, launched in January 2021, to accelerate R&D translation and commercialisation and invest in future industries.

The 20-year R&D Roadmap is a key part of the Action Plan. It’s the first time such a roadmap has been developed in NSW and will frame R&D investment attraction as well as the NSW Government’s investment and activities.

$2 million is also being invested in an online R&D Matchmaking Platform to better connect research ‘sellers’ and ‘buyers’ and link them to the innovation infrastructure and expertise they need.

Gabrielle Upton, MP & Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier, with Professor Hugh Durrent Whyte – NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer will discuss the project in more detail.

You can have your say on the 20-year R&D Roadmap Survey and the online R&D Matchmaking Survey which are open until 10 December 2021.


Gabrielle Upton

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MBA, BA, LLB MP – NSW Parliament Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier

Gabrielle was re-elected for a third term as the Member for Vaucluse at the March 2019 NSW Election and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier. Gabrielle previously served as Minister for the Environment, the first female NSW Attorney General, Minister for Family & Community Services and Minister for Sport & Recreation. As Parliamentary Secretary to the NSW Premier, Gabrielle has been tasked by the Premier to lead the recent initiative to accelerate R&D in NSW.

Gabrielle began as a banking and finance lawyer at Freehill, Hollingdale & Page and then worked in corporate finance at Deutsche Bank and Toronto Dominion Bank in New York. She served as Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 2006 until 2009. Gabrielle has a BA LLB from the University of New South Wales, a MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer and Commissioner of the Natural Resources Commission.

From 2016-18, Hugh was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence.
From 2014-16 and from 2002-2010, he was a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney.
From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR).

Hugh is a world-leading authority on machine learning and robotics, and applications in areas including cargo handling, mining and defence. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students, and has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year and 2008 Engineers Australia NSW Engineer of the Year.

In his career he has worked with many major companies and has co-founded three successful start-up companies. He is particularly well known for his work with Patrick in delivering the automated container terminals in Brisbane and Port Botany, and for his work with Rio Tinto in pioneering and delivering the automated “Mine of the Future”. He is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAus), a Fellow of the IEEE (FIEEE), Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng), Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).



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