Focus issue 167 August 2011
Why the cleft in our innovation system?
By Kim Carr
We are not merely seeking the knowledge to understand the world – we are asking for the tools to change it.
What works in business-university knowledge exchange
By Philip Ternouth and Cathy Garner
The growing importance of the ‘Impact Agenda’ in university research funding reflects a parallel concentration on areas of national economic and social priorities.
Explore, listen and persist for better research links
By Paul Greenfield
Water professionals and researchers have shown that direct potable reuse is a safe and sustainable water supply option that must be considered in the development of future water supply portfolios.
Entrepreneurship: issues for start-up companies
By Alan Finkel
Most start-up companies cannot work at the leisurely discovery pace of grant-funded research at universities. Speed is of the essence.
Can small Australian companies work with universities?
By Rowan Gilmore
Most companies have little idea of how to identify and work with the most appropriate researchers.
Venture capital shrinkage needs to be reversed
By Katherine Woodthorpe
If each of the major super funds invested 0.5 per cent of its portfolio in venture capital we would have an extremely healthy flow of capital.
Australia can learn from the lessons in China
By Liangchi Zhang
A key policy of China is to import, absorb, develop and create, to underpin the nation’s strategic development in science and technology.
Swedish experience can help drive innovation
By Anders Hallgren
The innovation paradox seems to be in operation in Australia but there appear to be a sound awareness and readiness to change.
Linking industry and research – in an ideal world
By Les Field
Much stronger engagement between the best researchers in the university sector with industry at all levels to the extent that the interface was almost seamless.
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