One of Australia’s largest public research organisations, The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has recently announced its intention to develop an innovation precinct located at its southern Sydney campus in Lucas Heights.
Home to much of Australia’s landmark and national research infrastructure, ANSTO provides a unique environment for industry to connect with our world class research infrastructure and some of the best and brightest scientists and engineers.
Leader of Business Development, Tim Boyle talks about the exciting new precinct and how it the project is designed to create a framework for innovation.
“We are soon to launch the very first stage of this visionary initiative, an innovation incubator – an entry point for business and industry to engage with ANSTO.”
Boyle describes it as more than just a physical co-working space, but a centre that enables and drives knowledge exchange, commercialisation and entrepreneurship activities.
“The innovation precinct will provide industry and partners with access to Australia’s leading research infrastructure and some of Australia’s best science and engineering talent, to enable a collaborative approach to problem solving and industry innovation” says Boyle.
The vision for the innovation precinct encompasses three components, an innovation incubator, a graduate institute and a large scale technology park.
Plans for the graduate institute are underway, designed to offer postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows from both Australian and international universities a way to access critical science infrastructure and engage with our research expertise.
Boyle emphasises the need to build upon the strong connections ANSTO already has with universities and increase the opportunities for high-achieving graduates to take advantage of these great resources.
“We’re already engaging with universities across Australia and internationally so that graduates and postdoctoral researchers can access our facilities and tap into our expertise for their research. ANSTO offers a unique suite of infrastructure, well-established research capability and expertise not readily available anywhere else in Australia.”
ANSTO recognises the importance of helping graduating students build their professional opportunities and prepare them for careers beyond academia. Boyle anticipates that the graduate institute will have a profound impact on students and industry.
“With industry on one side, universities on the other and our landmark and national research infrastructure in the middle, ANSTO can bridge the gap by facilitating industry placements, internships and skill development programs. We envisage a range of opportunities will be on offer.”
There are challenges and opportunities for this area of Sydney, according to Boyle. “Southern Sydney, with its close proximity to the Sydney CBD, is a thriving area with approximately 750,000 people residing within the district.”
“Despite this, it doesn’t have its own university campuses or teaching hospital. Local industry is facing similar pressure as the greater Australian manufacturing sector. However, there is an appetite from within industry to become more agile and create a network of innovation. This is where ANSTO comes in, as a location with enormous potential. It is ideal.”
The ANSTO innovation precinct is a roadmap for a knowledge destination within Southern Sydney bringing ideas, creativity, technology and people together in an open collaborative environment.
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