Creating the last word testbed for innovation

Creating the last word testbed for innovation
Creating the last word testbed for innovation
Researchers on the College of Newcastle.

On this period of unprecedented change and international complexity, universities must assume and work otherwise – and that’s precisely what we’re doing on the College of Newcastle.

Our researchers drive discoveries that problem standard pondering, break new floor and alter lives. And we’re taking that work even additional by utilizing our experience and collaborations to not solely create new data however use it to assist reinvent our areas.

Our college, its cities and the areas we serve have all the time been trying forward.

With roots in coal and metal, our communities have regularly embraced new potentialities and turn into locations the place individuals of all ages and backgrounds wish to dwell, work and play.

By drawing on the distinctive attributes of our areas – and supporting our communities with analysis and tutorial excellence – we’re creating the last word testbed for innovation.

Examples of this are throughout us. From harnessing the chilly virus to combat most cancers cells, to revolutionising the world’s renewable power programs by means of start-ups like MGA Thermal, to (actually) creating water from air, we’re regularly producing modern options and start-ups that resolve real-world issues.

The Australian Trailblazer for Recycling and Clear Vitality (ATRaCE) Program exemplifies this dedication.

We’re partnering with the College of NSW to speed up new clear power and recycling applied sciences from the analysis part to the market.

This Australian authorities funded partnership will embrace a complete funding of greater than $200m, together with college and {industry} contributions.

And that’s just the start.

We even have analysis and business collaborations that may assist produce new battery and power storage applied sciences. We’re serving to remodel biofuels and waste into power, and we’re increase our nation’s hydrogen capabilities. All a part of our dedication to creating subsequent era sources and rising our industries.

As a college long-known for its health-based analysis, we’re additionally serving to make sure the individuals of our areas dwell higher, more healthy lives – not simply by means of new medical breakthroughs however in new methods of working with native well being service suppliers.

We’re partnering with the Hunter New England Native Well being District to create a Healthcare Innovation Dwelling Lab on the John Hunter Hospital campus in Newcastle.

It should carry clinicians, lecturers, {industry} companions, and medical and analysis college students collectively to deal with unmet medical wants throughout the Native Well being District – which spans greater than 132,000sq km and providers almost a million individuals.

And, we’re creating alternatives for our college students to be on the coronary heart of modern initiatives and modern partnerships.

As a part of the Healthcare Innovation Dwelling Lab, the “Engineers, Scientists and Scrubs” work built-in studying program will place College of Newcastle college students – each undergraduate and postgraduate – in well being innovation companies and native hospitals the place they’ll work on utilized R&D challenges recognized by the Native Well being District.

We’ve additionally created a novel Doctoral Coaching Centre mannequin which connects PhD candidates with {industry} companions to not solely produce impactful analysis, but in addition create innovators of the long run.

Our three Doctoral Coaching Centres (in meals and agribusiness, sources, and power) assist enhance the employability of our analysis college students.

The centres additionally give them entry to the experience and sources they should resolve actual {industry} challenges, and improve industry-based collaborations for our college.

These are just a few examples of how we’re enabling our college students to be a part of our area’s options.

Our sights are set firmly on the long run, as we work to develop our analysis capability and elevate our place as a aggressive vacation spot for the world’s greatest researchers and international innovation leaders.

In creating the last word testbed of innovation, we’ll carry one of the best and brightest collectively to experiment with new concepts, applied sciences, coverage ideas, studying approaches, and business improvements that ship real-world outcomes and impression.

We invite you to companion with us.

Professor Zee Upton is Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Analysis & Innovation, at The College of Newcastle.

Learn extra: Tales from Analysis Journal 2023



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