[ASC-media] Untapped potential: improving the value of our PhD graduates to Australian industry

Emma Bland emma at amsi.org.au
Tue Feb 5 05:28:44 CET 2013


AMSI MEDIA RELEASE: 5 February 2013
Untapped potential: improving the value of our PhD graduates to Australian
industry


A one-day event to address the work-readiness of Australia¹s PhD graduates
and their role in building a more innovative economy will be held in
Canberra on 6 February.

ŒAlthough they are highly skilled and innovative thinkers, new PhD
graduates often lack the workplace experience that employers are looking
for,¹ said Professor Geoff Prince, Director of the Australian Mathematical
Sciences Institute (AMSI).

The event, called Accelerate Australia, has been designed to help
Australian businesses tap into the vast research expertise of PhD students
from a broad range of disciplines.

Dr Arvind Gupta, CEO of Mitacs, a Canadian agency that places over 2000
PhD interns into industry each year, will deliver the keynote address. ŒA
key factor in driving innovation in industry is strong engagement with the
research community,¹ Dr Gupta said. ŒMany PhD graduates don't consider a
career in industry, but it can be just as rewarding as academia and often
provides greater job security,¹ he said.

A recent report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA)
found that many PhD students struggle to find work upon graduation.
Accelerate Australia will demonstrate why integrating PhD students into
the workplace benefits students and businesses alike.

Speakers at the event are:
- Professor Ian Chubb, Australian Chief Scientist
- Dr Arvind Gupta, CEO & Scientific Director of Mitacs, Canada
- Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO, Australian Research Council (ARC)
- Dr Eileen Doyle, Deputy Chair of CSIRO Board
- Ms Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary of Department of Industry,
Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE)
- Ms Leonie Walsh, President, Australasian Industrial Research Group (AIRG)
- Professor Denise Cuthbert, Dean School of Graduate Research, RMIT
University

The programme also includes an internship showcase with interactive
demonstrations to encourage networking. Accelerate Australia will be held
at the National Convention Centre, Canberra on 6 February.

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Media are welcome to attend this event. Interviews with key speakers are
available. Please contact Stephanie Pradier on 0424 568 314 to arrange.

Accelerate Australia website:
http://amsiintern.org.au/accelerate-australia/

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