[ASC-media] Productivity seminar - ATSE media release

Bill Mackey Bill.Mackey at atse.org.au
Tue Oct 25 23:54:50 CEST 2011

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

ATSE is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian engineers and

driving technological solutions for a better Australia



26 October 2011


Top US innovation authority to

address productivity seminar


One of the leading US authorities on innovation will be the keynote
speaker at a seminar in Melbourne next month aimed at highlighting the
role of science and technology will play in Australia's future
productivity and prosperity.


Dr Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and
Innovation Foundation in Washington and a Member of the US Department of
Commerce's National Innovation and Competitiveness Strategy Advisory
Board, will argue that innovation powers productivity which, in turn,
drives prosperity.


Dr Atkinson will address a seminar organised by the Australian Academy
of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), titled Productivity,
Innovation and Prosperity - The Great Australian Challenge at the
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Friday 11 November 2011. The
seminar aims to inform the national debate on productivity, the role of
science and technology, and their necessary contribution to prosperity
beyond the current mining investment boom - recognising the recent slow
pace of productivity growth in Australia. 


The Victorian Minister for Technology and Assistant Treasurer, Gordon
Rich-Phillips MLC, will open the seminar and Senator Stephen Conroy,
Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, will
deliver the lunch address Exploiting the opportunities from digital


Prominent Australian speakers will include Dr Matthew Butlin, Chair,
Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission; Nicholas Gruen, CEO of
Lateral Economics; Dr Terry Cutler FTSE FAHA, Principal of Cutler & Co,
Deputy Chair, CSIRO and chair of the Australian Government's 2008 Review
of the National Innovation System; Deena Shiff, Group MD, Applications
and Ventures Group, Telstra; Lance Hockridge, MD and CEO of Queensland
National; and Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Department of
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. 


ATSE Seminar 

Productivity, Innovation and Prosperity - The Great Australian Challenge

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

8.30 am-4.30pm, Friday 11 November 2011




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