Innovation Nation: an agenda rich with opportunity

Date: May 24, 2016
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm


Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania
Churchill Ave, SANDY BAY


Presented by Professor Brigid Heywood, University of Tasmania.

The Australian government has placed innovation at the heart of its current strategy for economic growth and challenged this nations universities to secure better impact from the research they are funded to do. In response to this clarion call, there are many innovation models being adapted and adopted to suit local, regional and national needs.

As part of the University’s evolving response to the innovation challenge a number of new initiatives are being fostered that build on an established framework of community engagement, outreach and enterprise. This event will provide an opportunity to hear about these new developments and engage in a dialogue about future initiatives.

Professor Heywood served as Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Research, Academic and Enterprise at Massey University in New Zealand since 2011. During her time there, she led the development and implementation of the strategies, policies and standards that underpin that university’s research and teaching effort.

Prior to her post in New Zealand, Professor Heywood held the office of Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at England’s Open University, the largest in the United Kingdom.

Professor Heywood completed her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences at Manchester University and received her PhD from Liverpool University, where she specialised in studies of biomineralisation. Her research career focused upon the translation of the knowledge acquired from the study of crystal growth to such divergent fields as clinical medicine, materials science, particle engineering and earth systems research.

She was appointed to a personal chair in chemistry at the age of 33 at Keele University in Staffordshire, where she subsequently held positions including Director of the Office of Research and Enterprise, Head of the School of Chemistry and Physics and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise.


Refreshments from 5.30pm.

RSVP / Contact Information: or 6226 2521

Event audience: Everyone