Highlights of TIAC’s thirtieth meeting – December 2015

The thirtieth Council meeting, in December 2015 was held at the AusIndustry offices in Perth.

Members were welcomed by Ms Dianne May, WA State Manager and Mr George Yiannakis, Manager, Industry Skills, AusIndustry.

Members were informed about the delivery of programs for businesses and individuals including innovation grants, clean technology, tax incentives, duty concessions, small business development, industry support and venture capital.

Professor Shaun Collin provided members with an overview of his involvement with the Premier’s Round Table discussions and progress of the Blueprint for Marine Science.

TIAC confirmed its support for and the importance of Western Australia securing the headquarters of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre in Western Australia.

TIAC received an update on a project to provide an overview on how to map innovation in Western Australia, providing samples, and advice on stimulating innovation in Western Australia.

Highlights of TIAC’s twenty ninth meeting – October 2015

The twenty ninth Council meeting, in October 2015 was held at the GreenSkills Training Centre, Central Institute of Technology East Perth Campus.

Members were welcomed to the GreenSkills Training Centre by Mr Neil Fernandes, Managing Director, Dr Peter Ebell, Executive Director for Engineering, Resources and Construction and Ms Ann Bona, Director of Facilities, Central Institute of Technology. Members were informed about the many features of the $17 million Green Skills Centre which was opened in February 2015 as the first public building in the state to secure a six-star green rating. Members were also informed about the innovative design, project management and construction techniques utilised and awards won.

Members were informed that the TIAC Commonwealth government co-hosted information sessions for the Australia – China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) and the Australia – India Science and Research Fund (AISRF) were both very successful.

Highlights of TIAC’s twenty eighth meeting – August 2015

The twenty eighth Council meeting, in August 2015 was held at the Office of Science and the Office of the WA Chief Scientist.

Members were welcomed by Ms Jennifer McGrath, Executive Director, Office of Science and Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken. Members were provided insights to the five science priority areas for Western Australia as part of the Premier’s recently released Science Statement.

Members had agreed to prepare a submission to the Economics and Industry Standing Committee Inquiry into Technological and Service Innovation in WA. The Council would review a draft out of session with a view to endorsing a final submission by 27 August 2015.

Members were informed that the finalised STEM WA Proposal would be sent to Minister for Commerce, the Hon Michael Mischin, MLC with an accompanying letter recommending it be forwarded to the Minister for Science, the Hon Colin Barnett, MLA.

Highlights of TIAC’s twenty seventh meeting – June 2015

The twenty seventh Council meeting, in June 2015 was held at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Members were welcomed to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research by Director, Professor Peter Leedman and Chief Operating Officer, Mr John Fitzgerald. Members toured the facility including the interactive Entrance Foyer and Klinken Walk, the McCusker Auditorium, the LotteryWest BioDiscovery Centre and several laboratory and office areas. Members were informed about the facilities including the three divisions and many medical centres and organisations including the BioDiscovery Centre, the Australian Genome Research Facility, Linear Clinical Trials and Proteomics International.

Members who had attended the inaugural Science on the Swan Conference held on 21 April 2015 shared their observations. Mr Andy Farrant said that the conference was a good event and that the launched Premier’s Science Statement was an inclusive overview of the current science capability that is available in the State. Members agreed that the collaboration of all five universities was a positive outcome and bodes well for ongoing annual Science on the Swan events.

Members provided advice on implementation of the Western Australian Governments updated Intellectual Property Policy.

Members were briefed on STEM developments evolving through the new not-for-profit organisation STEM-WA based on the work undertaken by the TIAC sub-committee.

Highlights of TIAC’s twenty sixth meeting – April 2015

The twenty sixth Council meeting, in April 2015 was held at the Department of Commerce.

Members were provided with a current status of the development of a Whole-of-Government Open Data Policy. Opening access to public sector data, together with approaches to removing restrictions surrounding its use, is a growing trend nationally and internationally. It is acknowledged that the Premier is very supportive of innovation events such as GovHack, an event that presents a limited number of government data sets to programmers and interested people who then develop products, apps or improved services using and combining data.

The second meeting of the STEM-WA Steering Committee was held in March 2015. STEM-WA is a not for profit organisation set up to accommodate potential Commonwealth funding and to raise engagement in schools. Her Excellency, the Honourable Kerry Sanderson, AO, Governor of Western Australia has been appointed Chief Patron along with Professors Lyn Beazley and Barry Marshall as Patrons.

The Chair informed members that the Deputy Chair and ex-officio member, Mr Brian Bradley, will be retiring as Director General of the Department of Commerce in July 2015 and as such will retire as a member of the Council.

Highlights of TIAC’s twenty fifth meeting – February 2015

The twenty fifth Council meeting, in February 2015 was held at the Department of Fisheries, Hillarys Research Facility.

Members were welcomed to the Research Facility by Dr Rick Fletcher, Executive Director, Research Division, Department of Fisheries. Members toured the four branches of the Division. Members were informed about the Division’s annual reporting on the status of the key fish stocks, fisheries and their associated ecosystems in the Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Western Australia.

The Department of Commerce Secretariat provided members with background on the work being undertaken across government to facilitate the mechanisms to support bioprospecting and biodiscovery.

Members were informed that further independent discussions are taking place with the Commonwealth Government in regards to the STEM Report and future implementation of key recommendations from the report.

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