NSW Collaboration for Defence
Outline Program
8:30 am - 9:00 amRegistration & Arrival Tea
9:00 am - 9:10 amAcknowledgement of Country and Opening of Symposium
Professor Glenn Wightwick, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, University of Technology Sydney
9:10 am - 9:20 amOpening Comments
Professor Mary O'Kane AC, NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
9:20 am - 9:40 am1st Speaker
Air Marshall (Ret) John Harvey, NSW Defence Advocate

The imperatives of a Strong, Smart and Connected Defence Industry in NSW.

9:40 am - 10:05 am2nd Speaker
Dr Mark Petrusma, Acting Chief of Science Partnerships and Engagement, Defence Science and Technology Group

Defence Science and Technology Group objectives and the importance of a coordinated and connected industry and academic network as a fundamental input into defence capability.

10:05 am - 10:35 am3rd Speaker
Mr Benjamin Hayes, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence, Industry Policy Division

The role of the Department in implementing Defence industry policy and improving how Defence approaches innovation and industry engagement.

10:35 am - 11:00 amMorning tea
11:00 am - 11:45 am4th Speaker
Mr Mike Kalms, Lead Partner – Defence Industry, KPMG Business Performance Services (Melbourne)

Understanding Defence and the Collaboration Agenda underpinning their defence Industry Policy.

11:45 am - 12:30 pm5th Speaker
Professor Sam Bucolo, Director, Innovation and Engagement, University of Technology Sydney

Design Led Innovation, its influence and effect on the process of acquisition and sustainment for RAAF and Plan Jericho.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pmLunch & Networking
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm6th Speaker
Dr Robert Dane, Founder and CEO, Ocius Technology Limited

How an innovative NSW company operating outside the Defence space made the pivot toward researching and developing USVs for science and Defence.

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm7th Speaker
Professor Francesca Iacopi PhD, School of Computing and Communications, University of Technology Sydney

Cutting edge research in Graphene integrated semiconductor technology. The link between this fundamental science and Defence.

3:00 pm - 3:30 pmAfternoon tea
3:30 pm - 5:00 pmPanel Discussion - Moderated by Professor Sam Bucolo, UTS
Air Marshall (Ret) John Harvey, NSW Defence Advocate
Professor Chun Wang, Head of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW
Mr Mark Baker, Managing Director, Sonartech Atlas
Mr Darren Burrowes, Chief Technology Officer, The Blue Zone Group
Mr Benjamin Hayes, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defence, Industry Policy Division

Continuing open discussion on the recent changes to Defence industry policy, what this might mean for the engagement of industry and universities and to provide insight on the thinking and approaches that need to take place in order to create an environment that is conducive to collaboration, innovation and development.

5:00 pm - 5:05 pmClosing Remarks
5:05 pm - 6:00 pmNetworking & Drinks