From research to commercial outcomes & productive collaborations between universities and industry

From research to commercial outcomes and productive collaborations between universities and industry, the R&D Commercialisation conference brings together universities, research organisations, government and business leaders to harness collaboration and drive future economic growth.  

  • Drive research excellence and innovations, unlocking business value through future and emerging discoveries  
  • Improve commercially driven collaborations (revenue streams) between universities and industry  
  • Better fund research initiatives 
This event will provide foundational information around research and development commercialisation, with excellent platforms to gather intel, forge new partnerships and explore research opportunities. This R&D Commercialisation event is a fantastic opportunity to network with leading research and educational institutions, large multinationals, corporates plus small innovative and agile organisations to discuss innovative strategies to enhance collaboration and improve commercialisation practices. 


Learning Outcomes  
  • Create foundations for new collaborative research programs  
  • Build and strengthen industry collaboration for new pathways to success  
  • Hear successful global companies detail how R&D programs have created new business’s and revenue streams  
  • Recognise, create and define the perfect R&D program to drive desired outcomes  
  • Leverage insights from Australia’s top leading universities that deliver award winning R&D programs  
  • Implement practical strategies to link academia and industry more effectively  
  • Understand key drivers from multinationals that drive investment into R&D programs

Featured Speakers

Dr Ian Dagley

Chief, Science Partnerships and Engagement

Defence Science & Technology Group

David Reilly

Principal Researcher and Director

Microsoft Quantum

Anna Grocholsky

Director, Commercialisation and Innovation

Macquarie University

Rohan McDougall

Director, Commercialisation

Curtin University

Innes Willox

Chief Executive

Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)

Michelle Barker

Deputy Executive Director

Australian Research Data Commons

David Burt

Director, ON Program


Dean Moss



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Media Partners

Media Partner

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Case studies from leading international companies like Microsoft, Canon and more will profile why they have chosen Australia as the base to lead global R&D programs to shape the future. Universities and research organisations will profile best examples of excellence in research and innovative collaborations. 
This R&D Commercialisation conference will provide the perfect platform to elevate your organisation and provide that important face-to-face contact across the complete spectrum of organisations that are looking to invest in and shape the future.

  • Discover how leading global companies invest in R&D to stay innovative  
  • Build successful long-term collaborations 
  • Identify and create excellence in research  
  • Unlock business value through future and emerging discoveries  
  • University-Industry collaboration and IP - From invention to product


  • Deans; Heads of Research; Head of Business Development; Heads of Commercialisation; Faculties: Medicine and Health; Health and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; Information Technologies; Science; Health Sciences 
  • Heads of Research; R&D; Innovation; Commercialisation; Chief Scientist 
  • Policy Directors; Heads of Strategy & Research Innovation


The conference will be held at the Mercure, Sydney


818-820 George St,
NSW 2007
Meeting Room: Martin Place 
Parking: Parking is available at the hotel and is subject to availability. Casual day rate is $45 per vehicle per day. 
Accommodation: Mercure Sydney is offering a 10% discount on accommodation. Please call the Mercure Sydney Reservations team at 02 9217 6797 or email and quote block code AVENTEDGE19 to book your room. Please note that the discount code will not work online