Victorian Chamber to launch Swinburne University and Victorian businesses into space

| February 19, 2019

Space is not the final frontier for Victorian businesses. The space industry is a rapidly emerging sector presenting opportunities for businesses of all sizes. Leading the charge in this booming field in Victoria are researchers from Swinburne University of Technology.

Today,  the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) will partner with Swinburne to present its fourth event in the ignite series – an exciting collaboration between VCCI, Victorian universities, CSIRO, the Victorian Government and businesses to highlight, encourage and foster Victoria’s revolutionary industry-linked innovation and research capabilities

At this event, renowned professors from Swinburne will delve into the world of space and demonstrate how it is enabling Australia to access global value chains through advanced technology innovation.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said Victorian businesses are delighted to partner with Swinburne on opportunities to commercialise space technology.

“Space is a $400 billion-dollar worldwide industry which continues to grow.

“Victorian businesses are already renowned for their expertise in satellite navigation, data analysis and manufacturing capabilities. If we want to remain competitive, we need to leverage our already strong skill-set and seize more opportunities within this booming billion-dollar industry.

“Swinburne is at the forefront of research and development in this field – so we know we are in the right place to learn more about the opportunities the global space industry provides Victorian businesses,” Mr Stone said.

Swinburne University Vice Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson AO said research into space technology and resulting practical application had unlimited potential for social and economic impact.

“We are no longer on the cusp of an industrial revolution; we are at the centre. The rapid digital transformation of the manufacturing industry, or Industry 4.0, will influence the future of industry, the workforce and society. Helping our partners move into the burgeoning international space market is the natural extension of our current capabilities and knowledge.

“Swinburne has a long history of developing innovative and meaningful partnerships. By embedding industry on campus through partnerships, programs and placements, Swinburne links vocational training and higher education to create the skilled, digitally savvy workforce of the future. Industry partners that can utilise space technology and the skills and research behind it gives them – and our students – a competitive edge,” Professor Linda Kristjanson AO said.

Among the presenters at Wednesday’s event are Swinburne’s experts, Professor Matthew Bailes, Professor Bronwyn Fox, Professor Virginia Kilborn and Associate Professor Alan Duffy acting as MC.