26.03.2017 Log: 26.03.2017: Writer: Natalie

Photo (L to R): Samantha Hood, Graeme Puxty, Natalie Chapman, Assistant Minister Karen Andrews, Jeremy Brownlie

For the 18th time, Science meets Parliament (SmP) was held in Canberra this week, and this year I was honored to be one of around 200 STEM delegates. It was an enlightening two days that fostered better understanding and relationships between scientists of all walks of life and politicians.

On the first day, Chief Scientist Alan Finkel opened the conference...

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24.03.2017 Log: 24.03.2017: Writer: jwheway

Article written by James Dalton, gemaker


Partly in response to Innovation and Science Australia’s recent performance review of Australia's innovation, science and research system, I am producing a series of posts about improving research-industry collaboration, to share lessons from my experience leading collaborations for Cochlear, as well as recent research...

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26.02.2017 Log: 26.02.2017: Writer: Natalie


Download the industry engagement graphic which explains what technology transfer is, why it doesn't work so well in Australia and how we can improve it with better industry engagement by researchers.


Originally I trained as a chemist, but recently I’ve been thinking about the commercialisation of research outcomes – gemaker’s area of expertise – in botanical terms. At the risk of sounding like hippie Neil from ‘The Young Ones’[1...

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24.02.2017 Log: 24.02.2017: Writer: jwheway


Innovation and Science Australia recently released its performance review of Australia's innovation, science and research system, finding that while we’re above average at creating knowledge, we’re poor at applying and transferring it, so our researchers’ wonderful innovations frequently fail to (a) improve lives in the real world, and (b) earn a return on our nation’s...

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28.01.2017 Log: 28.01.2017: Writer: Natalie


You’ve put your heart and soul into your business. Years of passion, dedication and plain hard work have gone in to get it to where it is.

But what would your company really be worth if you sold it today?

Accounting Heart director Sonia Gibson says the most common way to value a business is based on future maintainable earnings—an adjusted average of profits over a number of years.

This is then multiplied by a number, based on...

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Accounting Heart


9.01.2017 Log: 9.01.2017: Writer: Natalie


From an app that alerts carers when elderly patients need help to a robot programmed to solve a rubix cube, the diversity of entries in the University of Wollongong Science Fair last month was dazzling.

In the innovation category, the high school prize went to a girl who designed a buoy to detect rips in the surf.

Her device—called the Clever Girl—had a mechanism that made a light go off when water rushed through it at a particular speed.

The girl had tested it in a spa and even...

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4.01.2017 Log: 4.01.2017: Writer: Natalie

This was probably the most interesting and educational work experience I’ve been on. Even better! Unlike other students I didn’t have to photo copy paper all day. In the beginning, I had no idea what the company gemaker really was about. I read the website, but the day to day experience was the real eye opener.

From the first day I progressed through attending client meetings, investigating potential new clients and maintenance of existing customer relationships. Some of the customers have amazing products and the people working in these companies lead really interesting careers....

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STEM Australia's Future




27.11.2016 Log: 27.11.2016: Writer: Administrator

Right now, intellectual property (IP) management presents a banquet of opportunities, judging by presentations at the IP Business Congress Australasia, held this month in Melbourne.


1. Appetiser

In her keynote address, Patricia Kelly, Director General of IP Australia, proposed that Australians are embracing entrepreneurship, invention and innovation, as evidenced by 10% growth in patent applications (28,000 total) last year. In 2015, the...

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26.11.2016 Log: 26.11.2016: Writer: jwheway

It’s approaching the end of the year, and for Australian researchers that means grant announcement season. It’s a time often filled with anticipation and anxiety as many a researcher awaits news of the grant applications they submitted some ten months ago.

This year the funding news isn’t great, with reports National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant success rates are as low as 9%. These funding rates have been steadily declining since 2010. The...

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