DutchSA is honoured and proud to announce that Professor Anton Middelberg, the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at The University of Adelaide, has joined the advisory board of DutchSA. See Our Board for a complete overview of our (advisory) board members. We look forward to Anton's guidance for our contributions to the South Australian innovation and commercialisation agenda and our relationship with the Dutch consulate and embassy.
Prior to becoming the Engineering lead of the University of Adelaide, Anton was Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and International) and Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland. He has been a Fulbright Fellow at UC Berkeley, taught at the University of Cambridge and was appointed as a Fellow of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, focused on research and its commercialisation.
Professor Middelberg is an internationally-recognised research and thought leader in chemical and biomolecular engineering. His research is fundamental but directed toward significant problems including in the health and advanced bio-manufacturing sectors.
In 2003 he returned to Australia as an ARC Federation Fellow and then as the Queensland Premier’s Fellow. During these Fellowships he researched, patented and ultimately licensed new technologies in the vaccine and bio-nanotechnology sectors.
The impact of Professor Middelberg’s research has been recognised by Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and through award of the Brodie and Shedden-Uhde Medals of IEAust. In 2006, he won the TechConnect Prize in Boston for new technology having the highest potential, in the category of Physical Sciences, for market impact.
Our friends at Business SA have asked us to share their Export Ready Program with our DutchSA members. So here we go!
Business SA has developed this program for South Australian businesses who are new to export, or those who are already exporting and want to take a more strategic approach!
You may be eligible for this program if you have a South Australian Business (ABN) turning over at least $150,000 and in business for 2 years.
The program comprises of six full-day workshop sessions followed by individual mentoring sessions with the BusinessSA Export Adviser. You will receive professional export advice and support and will be equipped with practical information and useful tools to help you achieve success in your export endeavours.
What you will get out of the program is the ability to apply a strategic approach to export, armed with plans, tools and advice that will lessen the risks associated with export and increase your chance of success in global markets.
Thanks to a subsidy from the Department of State Development the total cost to participate in the Export Ready Program has been significantly reduced to only $1600.
If you want to know more about the Export Ready Program please contact Business SA Export Ready team on (08) 8300 0098 or via email@example.com
by Edwin Roman
I grew up in a country that has implemented systems thinking in government as early as the 11th century, when democratic waterboards where instituted to manage the dikes that keep the Dutch low lands (polders) dry. In this collaborative and democratic system there was no place for power politics, because lack of agreement would surely get everybody drowned. Today 50% of The Netherlands consists of polders, which is reclaimed land below sea level. As a result the Polder Model of fact based, collaborative policy making, has become deeply ingrained in Dutch society and institutions. This very culturally embedded systems thinking approach turned out to become a key enabler for creating one of the most competitive economies in the world: The Netherlands climbed to #4, according to the World Economic Forum (weform.org). An interesting example can be found here: Delving into the dutch way.
Having been in South Australia for over 6 years I couldn't help noticing how deeply divided and ineffective policy making can be at all levels. The tragedy of Australian politics being immature and at times hysterical, is that this leaves us with a political system that is deeply averse to finding win-win situations and collaboration across political view points. It does not surprise me that Australia's economy performs nowhere near its full potential, at place 22 out of 31 countries in the global competitiveness report. The World Economic Form states that:
"Australia needs to improve its innovation and business sophistication in order to rise up the ranking"
I think better innovation and business sophistication requires a multi partisan cultural change, where we learn to trust each other, even when we do not always agree on everything. A great way of building trust is finding common ground in successes and role models and celebrate them (without claiming them). The good news is that there are many great initiatives under way in South Australia, that with sufficient sense of purpose and focus can transform our economy.
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce started the "Innovation Series" events to highlight those initiatives that remind us of our cultural values of trust and collaboration, that can transform South Australia into the best place for innovation and new business. Our last event with Flavia Tata Nardini (Fleet Space) and Suhit Anantula (Business Models Inc) left a big impression in this regard, and a positive feeling that anything is possible! (see previous-event).
Our next Innovation Series event will be held in Tonsley, Australia’s fist pure play high tech innovation district. Created with government resources to cluster like minded high tech companies, and transcend their individual competitive needs to a much greater purpose: the capability to collaborate, co-create and commercialise world class products and solutions on a global scale.
The topic of the DutchSA event will be appropriately: the Triple Helix of Government, Universities and Business working hand in hand to develop our economic ecosystem. We illustrate this with a tour of the Tonsley innovation district facilities, including a visit to Sage Automation (from startup to international high tech power house), and presentations about:
For more information and registration go to Next Event.
This event is made possible by: