Building Bridges: Academia and Business

Date/Time: Mon 20 Nov / 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Queen's College

School of Social Sciences (SoSS)

Panel Discussion

Building Bridges: Academia and Business

Network with other academics and industry leaders and learn from an amazing panel of experts discussing how academia and industry can work better together.

Professor Joanne Tompkins: Australian Research Council’s Executive Director for Humanities and Creative Arts. She will speak to some of the ways that the ARC is driving improvement in how researchers engage with the community and business, particularly in the non-STEM area. What is being done to motivate academics to engage with the wider community? Why is this being done? Is it working?

Zac Hatzantonis: Partner with PwC overseeing the national social policy practice focussing on early childhood, justice and human services. She regularly assists clients with business case development and complex program evaluations. This area of expertise overlaps heavily with academic experts. Zac will talk about how working with a professional services firm differs from working with academics. How often do clients use both? How does this model work? 

Misha Ketchel: The editor of The Conversation, which is one of the first places academics turn when wanting to engage with the wider community. Does writing for The Conversation help? What else should academics be doing? How can businesses and organisations use The Conversation to identify potential academic partners?

Dr. Tim Gravelle: Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Melbourne. Tim recently moved from Canada where he held a number of senior roles in survey research and data science (Gallup Canada, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts) and taught survey research methods at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo). Tim’s research focuses on cross-national comparisons in public opinion and consumer behaviour, and he hopes to help drive more engagement of academia and business in Australia. What are the differences he sees between the two countries?

Erik Denison: Multi-award winning former national health and science journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. After moving to Australia, he worked as a senior communication and public education strategist in the private sector. Erik recently joined Monash’s Behavioural Science Laboratory as the lead PhD researcher on the Sport Inclusion Project. He works directly with the sport industry, helping it develop and test programs to reduce prejudice and improve diversity and inclusion.

The event is being organised through a partnership between researchers in Monash Social Sciences, PwC (which sits on Monash’s Industry Council), the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, and Prof Steward Gill OAM (Queens College).

Monday 20th November

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Queen’s College
1-17 College Crescent
University of Melbourne

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