Commercialising research forum

Join researchers working in both academic and industry settings alongside experts across IP, business development and research management to consider the challenges and opportunities in the quest to commercialise knowledge. Inspiring Australia welcomes everyone interested in commercialising science research to participate in our free, half-day forum on Monday 16 October presented as part of the 2017 Spark Festival of Australian Startups.

This forum has been developed in partnership with Sydney’s research community to provide a learning and networking opportunity. Its aim is to consider how researchers can take advantage of real world R & D opportunities and how businesses can access research capability. What are the barriers to industry collaboration and how are researchers and businesses working to overcome these?

With a stellar lineup of speakers on the program, the Commercialising research forum is a unique chance to discover how academia and business are collaborating to create new products and services from scientific knowledge to the benefit of all.

Who should attend?

We welcome science students, PhD candidates and post docs, research managers and business representatives – anyone seeking to understand the commercialisation process and how to engage research talent is encouraged to participate.


Research leaders from Sydney’s universities, Data 61 and the CSIRO will join industry representatives to discuss the broad range of opportunities for today’s scientists as well as how they are working to overcome barriers to research interaction with industry. All our speakers are enthusiastic to candidly share their experiences and ideas with the aim of helping others interact more successfully.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dom Price, Head of R & D, Atlassian
  • Martin Duursma, Main Sequence Ventures
  • Professor Veena Sahajwalla, UNSW
  • Tim Allison, Tec.Fit
  • Dr. Julie Vonwiller, Appen
  • Shelley Copsey, Data61
  • Dr Julie Wheway, gemaker
  • Dr Gavin Recchia, Davies Collison Cave
  • Dr Alan Taylor, Clarity Pharmaceuticals
  • A/Prof Darren Saunders, UNSW
  • Dr Ben McNeil, Thinkable
  • Professor Zdenka Kuncic, University of Sydney
  • Dr Gary Colquhoun, AusIndustry
  • Dr Noushin Nasiri, UTS
  • Dr Dharmica Mistry, BCAL Diagnostics
  • Dr Ben McNeil,
  • Dr Ben Wright, Cicada Innovations
  • Dr Michael Whitford, Modular Photonics

Networking drinks and canapes will be served at the end of formal proceedings.

Don’t miss this chance to meet people from diverse professional backgrounds and discover the range of assistance available to help scientists commercialise research knowledge.

Event details

Date and Time: 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Monday 16 October 2017
Location: Sydney School of Entrepreneurship, 651-731 Harris Street, Ultimo
Cost: Free with registration.
Register to attend