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Defence Precinct plans will be outlined at Launceston forum

An update on the proposed Maritime & Defence Innovation & Design Precinct at the AMC's Newnham campus will be provided at a workshop in Launceston on Wednesday, September 25. 

The Defence Network workshop from 1.00-2.30pm is being run in conjunction with the STEM State Future Forum -Launceston.

An afternoon of events includes a tour of the Northern Transformation Project display, which showcases design of the Inveresk campus, from 3-4pm.

The STEM State Future Forum will be held at the Tramsheds Function Centre, 4 Invermay Rd from 4-6pm.

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research Anthony Koutoulis said the aim of the workshop would be to provide defence related industry with an overview and update into plans for the precinct.  

"Industry input will be sought in relation to how a Defence Precinct, which includes a number of international Defence companies on location, could support Tasmanian industry," Professor Koutoulis said.   

"The Defence workshop will also discuss the AMC/STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) opportunities, capabilities and workforce development in relation to how a Defence Precinct could open doors for Tasmanian industry."

Participants will be welcomed by AMC Principal Michael van Balen AO with an overview of  AMC's strategic direction.

A case study of a partnership between AMC and Thales on deep lake sonar acoustic research will be provided by Thales Australia Business Development Manager Submarines Adam Waldie before a discussion of relevant issues overseen by Academic Lead of the Defence Network Professor Jonathan Binns.   

The STEM State Future Forum will include an Industry Partners Networking Event with presenters:

  • Dom Geraghty, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Launceston)
  • Fiona Kerslake + Karina Dambergs (Red Brock Road Cider co-founder, Van Diemen Project co-director, Edward and Edward Distillers co-founder). Fiona and Karina have been collaborating since about 2009, firstly in sparkling wine, then in cider, and now in a whole range of areas including agri-tourism, food and beverage start-ups, food systems for NTP etc.
  • Jonathan Binns, Defence Network
  • Helen Norrie, Architecture & Design
  • Jim Grigoriou, Innovations Facilitator, AusIndustry & Business Foundations – Australian Department of Industry and Science will present on the Australian Government Innovation Connections Program
  • There will also be a chance to learn about research undertaken by PhD and Masters by Research candidates through poster presentations.

The University of Tasmania College of Sciences and Engineering hosted the STEM State Future Forum in Hobart on September 18.

The inaugural event highlighted the achievements of the College’s PhD and Masters by Research candidates; strong research partnerships with industry, government and non-government organisations; and promoted workplace diversity for all STEM employers.

Professor Brian Yates, Executive Dean of the College of Sciences and Engineering, said he was proud the College was showcasing its collective research programs, introducing the next generation of scientists and engineers ready to transform the State, and offering innovative ways to help build Tasmanian businesses.

“The College of Sciences and Engineering is a research powerhouse at the University of Tasmania, with a breadth of research ranging from astronomy to architecture, from maritime engineering to plant genetics,” Professor Yates said.

The event is open to interested community members, particularly local industry representatives. Please contact Cassandra Oakden for registration enquiries.

Published on: 20 Sep 2019