Our 2015 public lecture

‘Innovation in Australia: are we losing the plot?
On the 3rd of June the Bionics Institute will host its annual lecture and we are very pleased to have Professor Mark Dodgson (pictured) as our keynote speaker. Professor Dodgson advises companies on their innovation strategies, and has been a member of, and advisor to, numerous government agencies around the world. To know more about the lecture and find out how to attend.

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Professor Dodgson speaking at the Institute’s 2015 public lecture.

‘Innovation in Australia: are we losing the plot?’

On the 3rd of June Mark Dodgson, Professor of Innovation Studies at the University of Queensland Business School and Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, delivered the keynote address at the Institute’s annual public lecture.

Professor Dodgson delivered an informative and objective assessment of the state of innovation in Australia and how we lag behind other nations. He said, “For Australia to be internationally competitive we need to be extremely smart and exceptionally well connected in what and how we innovate. At present we are neither. Our efforts are relatively small scale and highly vulnerable, and we suffer a chronic lack of leadership in the area. Our poor connections between business and research are a particular concern.”

His lecture outlined the scale of the problem, and discussed the business strategies and government policies necessary for innovation to flourish in a modern productive Australian economy.

Link to audio of the event.

Over the past 30 years Professor Dodgson has researched innovation in over 60 countries and has produced 12 books and over 100 articles on the subject. He has been a director of Nestlé Australia, Thiess Pty Ltd., and the Think, Play, Do Group. He advises companies on their innovation strategies, and has been a member of, and advisor to, numerous government agencies around the world.

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