Mazzucato in Australia: Last chance to secure seats

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James Riley

With just days before renowned economist and author Mariana Mazzucato arrives in Australia for her much anticipated speaking tour, a final release of tickets are now available for premier business events in Sydney and Melbourne.

Mariana Mazzucato is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at the University College London, and came to global prominence as the author of books like The Entrepreneurial State and Mission Economy.

Professor Mazzucato is considered the expert on the role of government in building innovation systems, both as national economic engines for growth and to solve pressing societal challenges like climate change and the energy transition.

The Mission-Led Australia Tour marks the first time in five years the professor has delivered lectures in this country.

Professor Mazzucato’s Sydney luncheon address on March 12 includes a welcoming keynote and panel appearance from the federal Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic, as well as NSW Treasurer Daniel Mookhey, CSIRO chief executive Doug Hilton, UTS vice-chancellor Andrew Parfitt, and Oceanex Energy chief operating officer Emily Scivetti.

You can book your table or individual seats to the Sydney business luncheon event here.

The Professor’s Melbourne dinner address on Wednesday March 14 includes an address from Victorian state Treasurer Tim Pallas, with panel appearances from National Reconstruction Fund chair Martijn Wilder, Australia’s chief scientist Cathy Foley, Impact Economics lead economist Dr Angela Jackson, as well as Breakthrough Victoria chair John Brumby.

You can book your table or individual seating to the Melbourne business dinner at the Plaza Ballroom here.

In her book The Entrepreneurial State, Professor Mazzucato mapped the critical role that public sector research has played in building new industries, famously using the derivative research origins of each piece of technology that is built into an iPhone – from its gorilla glass, to integrated circuits (chips) to its touch screen and GPS – all underpinned by public research.

In Mission Economy, she mapped the kinds of moonshot strategies that enable whole-of-economy efforts to be targeted at building specific industries, or overcoming specific challenges.

Professor Mazzucato has more recently been looking at how governments can bring the welfare parts the state into better alignment with innovation parts of the state – such that climate targets might be mapped to economic targets – rather than viewing them as trade-offs.

In that way, collaboration, investment and innovation can be mobilised to meet challenges like climate change while also addressing economic outcome objectives.

In this sense, growth is not a mission, but rather it is an outcome of effectively-designed missions that combine several sectoral outcomes.

Professor Mariana Mazzucato work has generated enormous interest in recent years as supply chain shocks and heightened geostrategic risks have led many countries to pursue policies of re-industrialisation and onshoring of strategic production.

Australia is one of these countries. Don’t miss this presentation.

Book your table or individual seat to the Sydney business luncheon event on March 12 at the Hyatt Regency here.

Or secure your table or individual seat to the Melbourne business dinner event on March 13 at the Plaza Ballroom here.

The Mariana Mazzucato speaking tour and its ancillary events are made possible with the sponsorship support of:

  • CSIRO, the national science agency
  • The federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources
  • Breakthrough Victoria
  • Investment NSW
  • The Australian Computer Society
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Sydney School of Entrepreneurship
  • James Martin Institute for Public Policy
  • University of Melbourne
  • The Centre for Policy Development
  • The Industry Capability Network

PLEASE NOTE: Available tickets to Sydney and Melbourne public lectures are SOLD OUT. You can register for the waitlist for the Sydney public lecture here; or add your name to the waitlist for the Melbourne public lecture here.

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