VIC Division 2020 Commencement Dinner

2020 Commencement Dinner

Australia’s Innovation and Science System in 2020

It was approximately four years ago that the Federal Government launched the “National Innovation and Science Agenda”, initiating a burst of intense policy activity and a national conversation about innovation and science and its role in modern Australia. This coincided with rapidly growing awareness of the burgeoning startup community and the increasing role of digitisation in our economy, but also with growing fears about automation and the future of work, and increasing concern about how the fruits of economic growth were being distributed. Four years on, Charlie will discuss the current state of our science and innovation system, reflecting on how far we’ve come as well as identifying some themes that are likely to be prominent in 2020.


Dr Charlie Day CEO

Office of Innovation and Science Australia

Dr Day is the CEO of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia (OISA). He brings to the role significant expertise in innovation, business development, technology commercialisation, venture capital and start-up creation. As CEO, Dr Day leads OISA and supports the Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) Board in its implementation of long-term initiatives to boost Australia’s innovation, science and research system.

ISA provides strategic, whole-of-government advice on all science, research and innovation matters. In January 2018 ISA released the Australia 2030: Prosperity through Innovation report, which sets out a path for Australia to become a leading innovation nation by 2030. Immediately prior to taking up his role with ISA, Dr Day was the Program Director for the Carlton Connect Initiative, an ambitious project to create Australia's premier STEM innovation precinct anchored by the University of Melbourne.

Event Details

Date Thursday 6 February 2020
Time 6:45pm for 7:00pm start
RACV City Club
501 Bourke Street 
Melbourne VIC 3000

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Cost $90 inc. GST per person including drinks - Please note payment for dinner is required on registration.
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Registrations close 5pm Thursday 30 January 2020. Late registrations will not be accepted.

Enquiries Dr Richard Hannink FTSE 
ATSE VIC Division

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ATSE Events Coordinator
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