Perth of tomorrow: how to build a knowledge capital

12:15 pm–2:00 pm
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

City of Perth Library Auditorium
Ticket price: $25 (includes a light lunch)

Cities are the engines of economic growth. Perth and Western Australia’s long-term prosperity will be determined by their ability to create and commercialise new technology, products and services in addition to the achievements of its historically strong mining and energy sector. Knowledge economies demand that we think differently. Perth has long been known as a mining and resources city – but can it also be a successful knowledge and innovation hub building on these and other strengths? How do we create the collaborations that will see our universities, government and the business community working together to create new knowledge industries to underpin our state’s economic future? The landscape of innovation and commercialisation is changing and we must keep pace. Join our panel of experts for this discussion on creating a knowledge and innovation hub for the twenty-first century.

About the speakers

kirsten-martinusDr Kirsten Martinus is a lecturer at The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Regional Development. Her key research focuses on regional and metropolitan development and planning, network economies and innovation systems, and globalisation and world systems particularly associated with energy and minerals economies.

daniel-highDaniel High is the Economic Development Manager at the City of Perth. He is currently involved in key sector and economic diversity opportunities for the city. This involves leveraging current strengths like mining and resources, and developing new sectors such as education, innovation, and health and life sciences. Daniel has a background in urban revitalisation projects, including Elizabeth Quay, Scarborough and the Perth Cultural Centre regeneration, along with experience in regional development.

tamryn-barkerTamryn Barker is the Co-founder and CEO of CORE Resources Innovation Hub, a new technology and innovation hub where the resources and energy sector powers the human enterprises of tomorrow. CORE brings together innovators, entrepreneurs, operators, suppliers and researchers to connect, collaborate and innovate on industry challenges. These organisations will serve as partners, customers, advisors, mentors and investors, making CORE a place where resources technology start-ups form, develop and engage across the sector.

mark-stickellsMark Stickells is Director of the Energy and Minerals Institute (EMI) at The University of Western Australia. He has expertise in innovation, university–industry engagement and natural resources. Mark commissioned the 2015 State of Mind report with Knowledge Society and is an advocate for Perth’s role as an energy city and innovation hub. In 2017, and building on EMI’s success, he will lead UWA’s new business development and multi-industry sector engagement function.


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This event is presented by Knowledge Society and sponsored by the Energy and Minerals Institute, the City of Perth and the State Buildings.

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