Australian Innovation Research Centre

Media 2008

"The Newsmakers of 2008"

The Mercury, 31 December 2008

Professor Jonathan West has been named as one of Tasmania's 20 "Newsmakers of 2008". Professor West's long-term vision for Tasmania's prosperity was noted.

"Get smart on agriculture"


The Mercury, 3 December 2008

“Drought-proofing" has become one of the state's top priorities. Irrigation offers many opportunities, as outlined by Professor Jonathan West of the AIRC [at the Tasmanian Economic Forum]. Expansion of the beef, dairy, horticulture, wine and aquaculture sectors could make Tasmania an "agricultural powerhouse". This is an exciting vision, but it must be sustainable and based on good science.

"Harvest of Abundance"

by Sue Neales, Chief Reporter

The Mercury, 2 December 2008

Professor Jonathan West, speaking at the Tasmanian Economic Forum in Hobart, urged a shift in Tasmania's economic focus from consumption (such as consumer spending) to production (driven by innovation in the high-end agricultural sector). Professor West suggested that such a shift could add $1 billion (of production) to Tasmania's income in just five to ten years.

"Festival to attract thinkers"

The Examiner, 15 November 2008

Premier David Bartlett announced that Tasmania will host an international Festival of Ideas in May 2010. Professor Jonathan West of the Australian Innovation Research Centre has been appointed as the inaugural Chair of the event. Professor West will lead an Advisory Board of representatives from a wide range of areas, including technology, science and the arts.

"The case for keeping it local”

by Gavin Moodie

The Australian, Higher Education Supplement, 15 November 2008

Australian governments fund universities to contribute to economic development and social wellbeing. University research maximises its contribution to economic and social development if it is located close to the sites of production and population. Keith Smith and Kieran O'Brien found similar results from the Tasmanian Innovation Census: almost 30% of innovative Tasmanian firms collaborate with higher education institutions within Tasmania.

"Census Reveals Tasmania is an Island of Innovation"

EXPOnent, Spring 2008, Edition 8

The preliminary results of the AIRC's three-year innovation census were presented by Premier David Bartlett at Houston's Farm in August 2008. The Premier commented that the census "is one of the most significant undertakings in Tasmania, or Australia for that matter." The census is unique, covering all sectors of the economy, and captures details about innovation activity in Tasmania.

"Profile: Associate Professor Jack English"

EXPOnent, Spring 2008, Edition 8

Associate Professor Jack English has been a member of the Tasmanian Innovation Advisory Board since 2003. He also serves on the Research Investment Advisory Committee of the Tasmanian ICT Centre, and is Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship at the University of Canberra. He has authored 23 books, and has developed the Ideas Development Early Assessment System (IDEAS) to evaluate the commercial potential of new ideas.

"Thinking outside the square"

UNITAS, September 2008

"Tasmania is emerging as an island of innovation." The AIRC's recently released Tasmanian Innovation Census indicates that over 70% of Tasmanian businesses were "innovation active", and that this had a significant and positive impact on revenue.

"Old methods not made to measure"

The Australian, Higher Education Supplement, October 15 2008

How innovative are we in Australia? A survey relating to innovation in Tasmania, conducted by Keith Smith, sheds more light on this question than the readily available statistics being used at present. The results of such surveys can significantly improve decisions made by policymakers and firms. Since innovation is crucial for our economic and social development, and greater investment in this area would be of benefit.

"Certificate in commercialisation now taking registrations"

The Tasmanian Business Reporter, September 2008

In its second year of delivery, a postgraduate program focusing on commercialisation is proving a winner with Tasmanian Business.  Students reported that the lectures Professor Jack English and Colin Jones had a wealth of experience and that they would recommend this course to anyone who is serious about business growth.

"Bartlett activates plan for growth"

by Michael Stedman, Political Reporter

The Mercury, 4 September 2008

Premier David Bartlett announced today he has asked the Australian Innovation Research Centre to prepare an innovation strategy for the State Government. The AIRC will be assisted by a reference group representing key figures in the state's science, technology and industry communities.

"Revisiting Bacon"

by Michael Stedman

The Mercury, 4 September 2008

Speaking yesterday at a high profile business lunch Premier David Bartlett announced the formation of a Tasmanian Innovation Strategy to be prepared by the Australian Innovation Research Centre, the head of which is Professor Jonathan West.

"Innovation low in State Business"

by Julian Burgess

The Examiner, 9 August 2008

According to research released yesterday Innovation in Tasmania industry is concentrated in about 10 percent of businesses. The census was conducted by the University of Tasmania from May to December last year.

"Innovation and the agri-food industry"

by Dr Susan Nelle

EXPOnent, Autumn 2008, Issue 7

Dr Susan Nelle from the Australian Innovation Research Centre reported on the conclusion reached by the members of the National Food Industry Council, of a 'future vision' by developing four themes that would capture their view of future trends and opportunities for the Australian food industry.

"Governments - wrong on innovation"

by Julian Burgess

The Examiner, May 2008

Professor Jonathan West director of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, spoke at a Northern Tasmania Development's leaders luncheon series in Launceston, of using Government money in supporting elements that made it easier for businesses to take on innovation projects and succeed in them.

"Global flavour for innovation review"

by Tim Colebatch

The Age, 2 April 2008

Four international experts will join the Federal Government's innovation review to advise chairman Terry Cutler and his panel on how to redesign support for Australian business and lift global competitiveness. Australia's Keith Smith, of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, will also advise the review.

"Thoughts turn to innovative, healthy future"

by Michael Stedman

The Sunday Tasmanian, 30 March 2008

Two Tasmanian delegates Professor Jonathan West and Elizabeth Campton featured in this article as being part of 17 Tasmanians chosen to attend the 2020 Summit in Canberra.

"Tassie gets just 17 for think-tank"

by Sue Neales Chief reporter

The Saturday Mercury, 29 March 2008

Another prominent Tasmanian off to the Parliament House Summit is Professor Jonathan West head of the Australian Innovation Research Centre in Hobart