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The NYSF participated in the Science meets Business conference this month, presented by Science & Technology Australia (STA), Australia’s peak body for the science and technology sector. The conference aims to build collaboration and forge new relationships among the science and business community in Australia.

As well as the Hon Craig Laundy, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and the Hon Kim Carr, Shadow Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the conference keynote paper was presented by Dr Joanna Batstone from IBM Australia and New Zealand who briefed the participants on IBM’s research in areas as diverse as mining, skin cancer research and pollution monitoring.

Panels discussed issues such as the inhibitors to business and research sector working together; how to build start-ups to be sustainable; the potential for technology-based industries; and how to identify the next big growth area in industry.

For more detail, and information on other STA activities, go to its website,

For the full round up of the day’s highlights, view the Storify version of events here.