Swinburne and UIIN showcase university-industry collaboration

Swinburne University of Technology joined forces with the University Industry Innovation Network (UIIN) to co-host the 2024 Australian Symposium, highlighting best practice in university-industry collaboration.

The three-day event, held at Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus, brought together academic experts, industry leaders and government stakeholders to explore innovative ways of fostering partnerships between universities and industries.

The symposium featured a diverse range of panels and workshops, providing attendees with valuable insights into effective industry engagement strategies, pathways to research commercialisation, the evolving role of philanthropy in advancing university initiatives, and more.

Keynote speaker Dr Dieter Rombach, Director at Fraunhofer IESE (Institute for Experimental Software Engineering), delivered a passionate address emphasising the importance of university-industry collaboration in driving innovation.

At another session, delegates discovered how research-industry collaborations can drive Australia’s energy transition, with panellists from Siemens Australia, the Australian Hydrogen Council and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

As part of its commitment to fostering collaboration, Swinburne and UIIN provided 20 complementary tickets to PhD students from Swinburne and partner universities, ensuring the next generation of researchers have the skills and knowledge to work innovatively with industry.

In addition to showcasing best practice, the symposium also offered delegates hands-on workshops to assess their readiness for engagement and develop strategies for building successful partnerships.

The symposium closed with a robust panel of entrepreneurial leaders, including representatives from The Startup Network, LaunchVic and Swinburne-led startups Enosis Therapeutics and Quitch, discussing their journeys from concept to commercialisation.

Dr Dieter Rombach (Director of Fraunhofer IESE)

The prototype of a new and different Australian university

Swinburne’s pioneering university model – which is built on a foundation of strong partnerships with industry, communities, government and other tertiary institutions – was in focus throughout the symposium. Through this model, Swinburne promotes a collaborative, solutions-based approach to driving change and best practice in innovation.

“Swinburne has grown a collective understanding of how industry can partner and interact with universities in different ways, according to the outcomes they seek, their readiness level and the scale of their business capabilities,” said Dr Werner van der Merwe, Swinburne’s Vice President, Innovation and Enterprise.

“The UIIN Symposium has been a resounding success, bringing together stakeholders from academia, industry and government to explore innovative ways of working together. By highlighting global best practice and providing practical insights, it has laid the groundwork for future collaborations to drive innovation on a global scale.”

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