Innovation summit: Fresh ideas for industry growth

James Riley
Editorial Director

The full breadth of Australia’s tech and innovation leadership from across business, government and academia will convene at The National Gallery in Canberra on Thursday to discuss fresh policy thinking for building industry capability and jobs.

The Innovation Papers forum brings together entrepreneurs and academics, business leaders and public sector experts, each putting forward policy ideas for boosting Australian industry.

The forum is a live discussion of the policy papers published on Thursday in The Innovation Papers newspaper – an 80-page tabloid-sized collection of 40 engaging essays from 40 Australian innovation leaders. An electronic version will also be published through this website.

The Innovation Papers – Industry leaders to convene in Canberra

That’s more than 70,000 words that capture this moment in time – in between the policies of the previous government and the Industry shape of the new government – full of optimism and enthusiasm for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

From quantum computing to artificial intelligence, to government procurement policy, building orbital rockets and the circular economy – this is a collection of entrepreneurs and original thinkers putting themselves out there in the service of national interest.

“This is an opportunity for the different tribes of Australia’s industry ecosystems to get out of their comfort zones, to press big thinking on industry development deeper into the national economic discussion,” InnovationAus publisher Corrie McLeod said.

“Typically, when people think about industry policy, it is dense and it is hard. But right now there is an enthusiasm to tackle these big issues – like better capitalising on Australia’s science leadership, or opportunities for sovereign primes in our industrial ecosystem.”

The Innovation Papers [Live} forum will be held at The National Gallery in Canberra on Thursday August 4, and will be followed by a networking lunch at the gallery. These events are open to anyone with an interest in building Australian sovereign capability, building new industries and jobs.

In conversation:

  • Professor Roy Green, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub and Port of Newcastle, Innovation and industry policy in a changing world
  • Professor Michelle Simmons, Silicon Quantum Computing, A quantum computer manufacturing industry for Australia


  • Associate Professor Ellen Broad, School of Cybernetics, ANU, AI and government service delivery
  • Adrian Turner, Minderoo Fire and Flood Resilience, Generational Change: From response to resilience
  • Rupert Taylor-Price, Vault Cloud, Sovereign capability and information supply chains

Panel One:

  • Dr Lesley Seebeck, ANU, Moving beyond (just) delivery
  • Catherine Thompson, Hypereal, The digital marketplace and procurement reform
  • Marina Yastreboff, Australian Society for Computers and the Law, Rules as Code – Challenges and opportunities for lawmakers
  • Luli Adeyemo, Best Case Scenario, Embrace workplace diversity to build a stronger economy


  • Jessica Glenn, AIM Group, Collaboration and conflict
  • Jason Mingo, Water Services Association of Australia, An agency to foster innovation ecosystems

Panel Two:

  • Professor Michael Biercuk, Q-CTRL, Policy prescriptions for a robust quantum sector
  • Adam Gilmour, Gilmour Space Technologies, Why we need Australian primes
  • Dr Jens Goennemann, Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre, Manufacturing is a capability; Here’s what we need
  • Kate McGeoch, ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science, Funding models that foster cultural change in research – industry relationships
  • Sally-Ann Williams, Cicada Innovations, The Innovation Imperative


  • Kate Pounder, The Tech Council, Skilling up Australia, getting to 1.2 million tech workers by 2030

In Conversation:

  • Adrian Beer, METS Ignited industry growth centre, Releasing stranded technology to grow Australian industry
  • Professor Beth Webster, Swinburne University of Technology, Clusters are the key to high growth companies

Seats are limited to The Innovation Papers [Live] forum. You can reserve your place here.

Do you know more? Contact James Riley via Email.

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