Minister Greg Combet Launches Engineers Australia Report on Innovation in Engineering
The Report on Innovation in Engineering released by Engineers Australia’s Innovation Taskforce was launched at Parliament House on 28 June 2012, by the Hon Greg Combet MP, Minister for Industry and Innovation.Innovation in engineering-related industries is a major driver of productivity and a major contributor to Australia’s economic growth and security.
At the launch Minister Combet acknowledged the important role the engineering profession plays in solving a diverse range of problems and its importance in confronting future challenges, including climate change.
Minister Combetalso highlighted the Government's support for Australian innovation, including an investment of nearly $9 billion in science research and innovation in 2012-13.
The Engineering Innovation Taskforce was formed in 2011 to review Australia’s performance in the innovation environment and examine the benefits of long-term investment in innovation in engineering.
The Taskforce is comprised of a team of leaders in the profession who have a range of experiences in engineering innovation. Dr Marlene Kanga, National Deputy President, Engineers Australia and Chair of the Innovation Taskforce spoke on behalf of the Taskforce, outlining the recommendations to government on policies which will encourage further investment and activity in engineering innovation.
The report makes thirteen recommendations covering:
· legal and regulatory frameworks;
· government incentives;
· collaboration for innovation;
· informed procurement, and
· promoting innovation.
The report contains case studies that highlight Australian engineering innovation successes and reviews Australia's performance in innovation. The report also discusses how government policies and programs can encourage further business investment in innovation in engineering.
Engineers Australia remains committed to innovation as it underpins much of what the engineering profession does on a day-to-day basis.
What has Australia ever done for us? Museum of Australian Inventions, Technology and Industry. There is a big gap in our recognition of Australian inventions. Canberra is the place to have a museum/hall/centre to give due recognition. It could as well compliment the Museum of Australian and dare I say the Australian War Memorial. Below are two links with our inventions: 1. Australian Inventions - White Hat www.whitehat.com.au/australia/inventions/InventionsA.html Every day throughout the world over a billion people rely heavily on Australian inventions. Every time they drive a car, fly, prepare a meal, use a laptop or ... 2. List of Australian inventions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_inventions This is a list of Australian inventions consisting of products and technology invented in Australia from pre-European-settlement in 1788 to the present. Adding some humour here is a Scotland link So, what have the Scots ever done for us? Just 101 of the ... www.independent.co.uk/.../so-what-have-the-scots-ever-done-for-us-... I would be happy to help bring this about. Regards Geoff Davidson 6262786
Posted at Fri, 06/07/2012 - 10:39am | Author: 2902470
Report "Innovation in Engineering" I congratulate the Taskforce in making the Report to the Commonwealth Parliament representatives as timely and essential to keep promoting applied science in engineering to politicians. What makes me so responsive to reading the EA news on this Report has been my documenting of the innovation of thoroughly researched and development of hard rock tunnel rock bolting in the late 1950s by staff members of Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority. I published a booklet in 2009 about the 20 or so personnel (engineer and scientist) closely associated with the innovation with their achievement, An associated experimental site was awarded a National Engineering Heritage Landmark in 2009. Many more innovations came from the engineers working for SMHEA, a Commonwealth Instrumentality at the time. I am seeking through my efforts today to document some of those SMHEA innovations in electrical engineering through my research at National Archives Australia.
Posted at Tue, 03/07/2012 - 10:37am | Author: 318588