Chemical Industries Training Centre hosts industry breakfast

Professor Sue Thomas, CEO of the Australian Research Council, and representatives from major chemical companies, industry groups and partner universities joined University of Melbourne staff for a breakfast hosted by the ARC Training Centre for the Chemical Industries at the Woodward Conference Centre on Thursday.

As befits the purpose of the centre, the theme of the morning was collaboration, with speakers from the three partner universities, Melbourne, Swinburne and UNSW, as well as Chemistry Australia, Dulux and Professor Thomas all speaking about the need from both ends of the spectrum for increased collaboration, knowledge sharing, and relationship building between industry and academia.

Centre Director Dr Tash Polyzos introduced the centre’s four research themes, and the soon-to-be-launched Master of Industrial Research (Chemistry), a graduate research training program for students looking to pursue industry-based careers, with a minimum 12 month placement with an industry partner built into the course.

The Centre will officially launch in September. See the website for more information.

Professor Martina Stenzel from UNSW addresses the industry breakfast.