Australian Symposium: Fueling innovation through university-industry collaboration

17 - 19 April, Melbourne, Australia
External Collaborations & Partnerships University-Industry-Society Engagement Sustainability at Universities Connected Ecosystems & Regional Development

We’re excited to announce our UIIN Australia Symposium taking place in Melbourne in April 2024, co-hosted by Swinburne University of Technology.

This symposium will be an opportunity to spotlight a pioneering university model where industry partnerships are at its foundation and connect our passionate Australian community. It will bring together industry leaders, key government officials, researchers and students to collaborate on a solutions-based approach to driving change.

We can’t wait to head down under again to connect with our Aussie community!

Read Swinburne’s official media release.

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Preliminary agenda, subject to change.


Meet our expert speakers for the UIIN Australian Symposium.

Agnieszka sekula
Agnieszka Sekula

Co-Founder, Enosis Therapeutics Pty Ltd

Dr. Andrew Rudge

Business Development Director, University of Melbourne

Andrew Tulloch

General Manager Victoria, American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

Arno Meerman
Arno Meerman

CEO & Founder of UIIN

Benedicte Olrik

Managing Director, Transfer Pricing, Andersen in Australia

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Prof. Dr. Carolin Plewa

Professor, Pro Vice Chancellor, Researcher Education and Development & Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Adelaide

Clare russell
Clare Russell

Director Research Partnerships and Initiatives, RMIT University

Connor Gallagher

Group Regional Sales Manager at Ultimate Positioning Group, SITECH Construction Systems, and BuildingPoint Australia

David Gelb

Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal Tax Australia

Prof. Dr. Dieter Rombach

Founding Director & Executive Consultant, Fraunhofer IESE (Institute for Experimental Software Engineering)

Eva kyndt
Prof. Eva Kyndt

Professor Human Resource Development, Centre for Transformative Innovation, Swinburne Business School

Dr. fiona simon
Dr. Fiona Simon

CEO, Australian Hydrogen Council

Dr. Grainne Oates

CEO & Founder, Quitch

Dr. Hadi Ghaderi

Swinburne Associate Professor, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Hermione Parsons

CEO & Managing Director, Australian Logistics Council

Joan norton
Dr. Joan Norton

Head of Commercial Programs and Operations, Swinburne University of Technology

Jose Moreira

General Manager, Siemens

Prof. karen hapgood
Prof. Karen Hapgood

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Swinburne University of Technology

Katherine goldman
Katherine Goldman

Associate Director, Philanthropy - Development, Swinburne University of Technology

Kaushika Jayalath

Enterprise Solutions Consultant, Oracle

Prof. Mehdi Seyedmahmoudian

Associate Professor Electrical Engineering & Director of Siemens Swinburne Energy Transition Hub

Melissa witheriff
Melissa Witheriff

Senior Director, Australian Innovation Lead, Avanade Australia

Michelle vu
Michelle Vu

Investment Manager, Alice Anderson Fund, LaunchVic

Paul guerra
Paul Guerra

Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Pascale Quester

Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

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A/Prof. Dr. Todd Davey

Associate Partner at UIIN

Trang nguyen
Trang Nguyen

Health Partnership Support Officer, Overseas Portfolio, Medibank

Udani reets
Dr. Udani Reets

Director, Partnerships and Enterprise, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Vicky stirling
Vicki Stirling

CEO, Start Up Network

Victor pantano
Dr. Victor Pantano

Swinburne Research, Executive Management and Strategy Advisor, CRC Manager

Who should participate

This event is for thought leaders, educators, researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers interested in university-industry collaboration in the Australian / Asia Pacific context.


Get to know Swinburne University of Technology, our co-host for the Australian Symposium.

Swinburne University of Technology logoSwinburne University of Technology is a world-class university creating social and economic impacts through science, technology and innovation. Founded in 1908 by the Honourable George and Ethel Swinburne as the ‘Eastern Suburbs Technical College’, Swinburne has continued to evolve, gaining university status in 1992.

Swinburne has three campuses located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne — at Hawthorn, Croydon and Wantirna — offering tertiary education for higher education as well as Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE). As a dual-sector university, Swinburne offers higher education and Pathways and Vocational Education (PAVE) and offers courses in a broad range of disciplines. Their close ties with industry provide students with opportunities for valuable workplace experiences during their studies. Underpinned by leading digital technology platforms, Swinburne’s researchers are collaborating with industry through embedded partnerships to drive innovation and create impact.

Symposium sponsors

This event is proudly sponsored by Palo Alto Networks, Medibank and Data#3.

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Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn Campus
Melbourne, Australia

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