Presentation Training Insights

It started with heart palpitations. Then, clammy hands and cold feet. The last thing I remember is feeling light-headed, before collapsing on the studio floor. During my first weekend presenting on metropolitan television, I fainted. Not once, but twice. (Foolishly, I agreed to come back to present the weather segment a second night, after this […]

How to get the most out of attending an expo

Make your next expo visit a successful one with our expert tips. Spoiler alert: Most of the work happens before you arrive. Before you go Before booking an expo, do your homework and check it’s right for you. If you have an ideal customer you want to target, find the best event to meet them. […]

Highlights from Science Meets Business

Every year, Science Meets Business brings together leaders in STEM and private industry to increase understanding and cooperation between these two complex sectors. In 2018, Science Meets Business focused on the theme ‘High Tech and Big Data’. The opening video message from Karen Andrews MP set the tone for the day with a great statement: […]

Networking not working? Here’s the smarter alternative

Who likes networking? I ask this routinely when training researchers in industry engagement. The response is always a collective groan. Maybe networking is fun for exceptionally extroverted people, but for most of us, it seems fitting that the word includes ‘work’, because we find it hard slog. Why do we go to networking events? To […]

How small business can have a big impact on STEM education

To sustain Australia’s STEM industries, businesses need to step up and help schools and teachers to educate and motivate the next generation of innovators. You don’t need to be a large corporation to have a positive impact on STEM education, as demonstrated by gemaker’s small but powerful contributions in 2018, described below. We hope to […]

Researchers need soft skills training to succeed

To address a lack of essential, transferable, ‘soft skills’ training, Deakin University (DU) and Macquarie University (MU) are developing a series of seminars for Early-to-Mid-Career Researchers (EMCRs) working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This joint initiative is funded by the Australian Academy of Science via the Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund with in-kind support […]

Notes from Science Meets Business

This year’s Science Meets Business conference was an inspirational mix of policy, practice and promotion aimed at researchers, policy makers and industry partners. Policy There were four presentations from business and political leaders, discussing the present state of Australia’s innovation system, its future challenges and global performance.  While more needs to be done, there is […]

Research-industry collaboration: a bridge-building guide for both sides – Part 5

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At the end of any research-industry collaboration, it’s important to reflect on the partnership, what worked well and what could be improved.  This is often the most neglected part of the collaboration because the work has (hopefully) been completed and the money spent. But before you head for the pub to celebrate, remember that to […]

International acclaim for gemaker empowering researchers to engage with industry

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gemaker was named the winner of three Silver Stevie® Awards for Innovative Management in Business Product & Service Industries, Excellence in Innovation in Business Product & Service Industries and Innovation in Business-to-Business Services in the fourth annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards on Friday night. gemaker is a leader in the research-industry engagement and commercialisation space working […]