Chasing moonshots — culture, ambition and innovation

Chasing moonshots — culture, ambition and innovation

Apr 9
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Dr Charlie Day, Chief Executive Officer, Innovation and Science Australia
Valeska Bloch, Partner, Allens
Michael Ilczynski, Chief Executive Officer, SEEK Asia Pacific and Americas
Christian von Reventlow, Group Executive - Product and Technology

Event Overview

Australia lays claim to a rich history of innovation, risk-taking, and connectivity to the global economy that has been central to the expansion of Australia’s economy.
The benefits that innovation has brought to our lives are all around us in the quality of life that Australians enjoy and the meaningful work we undertake.

However, recent indicators show that there is considerable room for improvement in Australia’s innovation system. Business investment in research and development has fallen, collaboration between industry and research is weak, and student performance in science and mathematics has fallen behind our global peers. 

What are the next steps business needs to take to inspire innovators, progress solutions to big problems, and generate national passion in innovation?
This event will examine:
  • The economic and social benefits of ‘moonshots’ and ‘national missions’;
  • The role leaders can play in supporting and inspiring organisations and individuals to innovate and be ambitious;
  • How to promote the benefits of innovation and creation of new jobs and new industries without marginalising those whose jobs are impacting by the new economy and the future of work; and
  • Current levels of ambition and innovation in telecommunications, technology, deep science, health and space industries and development of new industries.

Event presentations

Dr Charlie Day, Innovation and Science Australia MP3

Moderated discussion MP3

Delegate handout PDF


Meet the keynote speaker

Dr Charlie Day
Chief Executive Officer, Innovation and Science Australia

Charlie Day is Chief Executive of Innovation and Science Australia, advising the Australian Government about innovation, research and science matters. ISA recently developed Australia 2030: Prosperity through innovation, a national roadmap to strengthen Australia's ability to innovate. Charlie was previously Project Director of the Carlton Connect Initiative at The University of Melbourne, and led Melbourne Ventures, the technology commercialisation company of the University of Melbourne.

Meet the panel

Valeska Bloch
Partner, Allens

Michael Ilczynski
Chief Executive Officer, SEEK Asia Pacific and Americas

Christian von Reventlow
Group Executive - Product and Technology

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