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The Inaugural Thomas Spurling Oration

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Date: Wednesday 15 November 2017
Venue: AMDC301, AMDC Building, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus

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The Tom Spurling Oration

The Centre for Transformative Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology held its inaugural Tom Spurling Oration on the 15th November 2017. The Oration is named in honour of Swinburne’s Professor of Innovation Studies, Tom Spurling AM, whose contribution to the advancement of science spans over 55 years. Most notably acknowledged for his role in the development and commercialisation of plastic banknotes, Professor Spurling is widely regarded as an expert in the commercialisation of research and was recently awarded the prestigious 2017 Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) Medal in recognition of his contribution. To read more about Professor Spurling click here. <link >

The 2017 Oration

As part of the inaugural oration, the Centre for Transformative Innovation held a colloquium about the challenges facing intellectual property systems in the 21st century with a keynote presentation from Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss (New York University School of Law) followed by Adjunct Professor Terry Healy (Swinburne University) as a discussant. The panel considered questions such as:

  • Where is science and technology heading and what regulatory environment would best bring their promise to the marketplace?
  • Will current intellectual property law suit this new environment? 
  • What do we need to know to design an innovation regime for the future? 
  • What institutions must we create as we move to a technologically sophisticated and global knowledge economy?

Thomas Spurling Oration 2017 transcript

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