Lab Notes
019 - PASSION AND ENERGY - Miranda Taylor

019 - PASSION AND ENERGY - Miranda Taylor

October 20, 2020

PASSION AND ENERGY
The task of transforming the Australian energy sector requires diplomacy - and Miranda Taylor couldn't be better suited for the role. 

Born to an itinerant family, Miranda's worldly outlook saw her study at the London School of Economics, work at an Israeli Kibbutz and aspire to a career at the United Nations. But when she landed in the Northern Territory, Miranda fell in love with Kakadu National Park and set out on what was to become a life-long career within the Australian resources sector. Now CEO of NERA, Miranda is charged with fostering innovation in the Australian energy sector, navigating the complex issues of energy, climate change, and driving innovation in a legacy industry that remains a cornerstone of the Australian economy. 

Join us for a chat about energy, climate change, diplomacy and the magic of outback Australia.  

GUEST : Miranda Taylor
https://www.linkedin.com/in/miranda-jane-taylor-b502344/

NERA
https://www.nera.org.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

018 - THE BIG PICTURE - Prof Bruce McKern

018 - THE BIG PICTURE - Prof Bruce McKern

October 9, 2020

THE BIG PICTURE
After a lifetime studying innovation - Professor Bruce McKern believes in the power of big ideas. 

Born in rural Queensland - Bruce McKern began his career as chemical engineer working across Australia and Canada. But academia called, and Bruce's aptitude for study earned him a place at Harvard University, where he gained not only his PhD but also a life-changing professional network. 

Now a renowned expert in innovation and management, Bruce has lead an impressive list of institutions including Stanford University's Sloan School of Management, Carnegie Mellon's Bosch Institute, Sydney University's US Studies Centre as well as nation-leading schools of management at Macquarie and Melbourne.

So strap in for a big-thinking episode covering management, professional networks, institution building, bureaucracy and the geopolitics of global innovation. 

GUEST : Bruce McKern
https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-mckern-689557b0/

CHINA'S NEXT STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE: FROM IMITATION TO INNOVATION
https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/chinas-next-strategic-advantage

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

017 - WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD - Natasha Rawlings

017 - WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD - Natasha Rawlings

September 7, 2020

WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD

The path from fundamental science to commercial application is long and treacherous, but this isn't the first time Natasha Rawlings and the team at Uniseed have crossed the valley of death.

Backed by research institutions including local universities and the CSIRO - Uniseed is a VC fund with unique access to emerging technologies and the financial licence to support deep-tech projects for the long haul. As one of Uniseed's three investment managers - Natasha not only helps to determine which academic discoveries will receive Uniseed's financial backing, but she also supports these scientists and engineers as their projects develop from academic curiosity into well-rounded business propositions. 

 

GUEST : Natasha Rawlings
https://www.linkedin.com/in/natasharawlings/

UNISEED
https://uniseed.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

016 - EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM  - Omar Khalifa

016 - EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM - Omar Khalifa

July 31, 2020

EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM

Omar Khalifa's understanding of innovation is nothing if not well-rounded. 

With a career that spans NASA, Apple, The World Bank, politics, venture capital and incubator programs, Omar has seen innovation from almost every angle. 

Now based in the Illawarra south of Sydney - Omar is sharing his experience with the next generation of entrepreneurs as the CEO of iAccelerate - an incubator program supporting young founders bringing their own inventions to life.

Plug in for a tour of the innovation ecosystem courtesy of this explorer-turned-guide. 

GUEST : Omar Khalifa
https://www.linkedin.com/in/omark/

iACCELERATE
https://www.iaccelerate.com.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

015 - FROM HELLAS TO THE HEAVENS - Prof. Andy Koronios

015 - FROM HELLAS TO THE HEAVENS - Prof. Andy Koronios

July 21, 2020

FROM HELLAS TO THE HEAVENS

Building Australia's space technology sector from the ground up is a mighty challenge - but Prof. Andy Koronios is used to defying the odds. 

Born in an impoverished region in southern Greece, Andreas lost his parents at an early age. By the time he was a teenager Andy was fending for himself and realised the time had come for a drastic change - a one way ticket to Australia. 

Since arriving in the early 1970's, Andy has embodied the migrant story. Learning English in night school, serving in the Australian Army, and earning four higher degrees on his way to becoming a leading Australian academic. Now the CEO of the SmartSat CRC, Prof. Andy Koronios a key part of Australia's renewed focus on space, not to mention a passionate advocate for science, entrepreneurship and industry collaboration. 

Listen in for a how-to guide in reaching for the stars. 

 

GUEST : Prof. Andy Koronios 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-koronios-2490276

SMART SAT CRC
https://smartsatcrc.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

014 - DEEP LEARNING - Dr. Joe Logan

014 - DEEP LEARNING - Dr. Joe Logan

July 14, 2020

DEEP LEARNING

They say never stop learning - and Dr. Joe Logan hasn't let up the pace yet. 

Following a medical degree in England - Joe made his way to Australia to work as a doctor and make the most of the southern climate. Over the next five years he obtained a pilot's licence, a graduate diploma, an MBA, Australian citizenship and founded a successful digital marketing consultancy alongside his brother. 

Not one to rest on his laurels, Joe as now embarked on a PhD from UTS, where his research into computer science and artificial intelligence is tailored to compliment his next venture - Alixir, a computer vision startup aiming to revolutionise breast cancer screening.

Dive in to hear Dr. Joe Logan's take on learning, entrepreneurship and AI. 

GUEST : Dr. Joe Logan
https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeloganlinkedin/

ALIXIR
https://alixir.ai/

EON LABS : 

https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris 

013 - GENE IN A BOTTLE - Prof. Ian Paulsen

013 - GENE IN A BOTTLE - Prof. Ian Paulsen

July 7, 2020

GENE IN A BOTTLE

By his own admission - Prof. Ian Paulsen's research to-do list reads like science fiction.

A self-proclaimed nerd, Ian was never destined to work in foundries like his father. Instead, a love of Sci-Fi novels and his parents' focus on his education led him to a career in science. After a PhD studying bacterial drug resistance Ian spent a decade in the USA, becoming part of a revolution in genetics research in the wake of the human genome project.

Now back in Australia, Ian is a distinguished professor at Macquarie University, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and now the inaugural director of the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology where he will be helping to create entirely new biological systems to solve critical problems in medicine, food security and the environment. 

Plug in to hear about life at the leading edge of genetics research.

 

GUEST : Prof. Ian Paulsen
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-paulsen-0825934?originalSubdomain=au
https://researchers.mq.edu.au/en/persons/ian-paulsen

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
https://www.coesb.com.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

012 - GROWING SENSATION - Dr. Anastasia Volkova

012 - GROWING SENSATION - Dr. Anastasia Volkova

June 3, 2020

GROWING SENSATION

If growth is a science, Dr. Anastasia Volkova has cracked the formula. 

For the last five years her company Flurosat has been developing sensing tools and analytics that help farmers optimise crop production, and Anastasia's approach has won her influential supporters including Main Sequence Ventures, Cicada Innovations and Microsoft's M12 fund. Now with offices across Australia, Europe and the USA, Flurosat is expanding globally, and making its technology an indispensable part of modern agriculture. 

Tune in to hear how science, engineering and agriculture have come together for this Ukrainian-born entrepreneur who never let herself be constrained by boundaries.

GUEST : Dr. Anastasia Volkova
https://www.linkedin.com/in/anastasiia-volkova/

FLUROSAT
https://flurosat.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

011 - SCIENCE ON THE INTERNET - Dr. Johanna Howes

011 - SCIENCE ON THE INTERNET - Dr. Johanna Howes

May 27, 2020

SCIENCE ON THE INTERNET
There is no doubt that social distancing has forced us all to reimagine how we live, curtailing face-to-face interactions and accelerating our transition towards a digital world. For Dr. Johanna Howes - this shift presents challenges and opportunities in equal measure. 

Johanna is an award winning science communicator, freelance writer and experience manager at the Science Space outreach centre and planetarium. She has presented on topics as wide ranging as kevlar, space welding, energy and LSD, not to mention her own PhD into the biochemistry of coral and the implications of climate change. 

So sign up for a crash course in online communication and learn how to connect with an audience, defuse a flame war, and craft a message that resonates on the information superhighway.

GUEST : Dr. Johanna Howes
https://www.johannahowes.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/johanna-howes-54632265/

JOHANNA'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8liZx-UhrzQODuD3n1c1Tw

SCIENCE SPACE
https://sciencespace.com.au/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

010 - SMALL IS BIG - Dr. Dennis Antiohos

010 - SMALL IS BIG - Dr. Dennis Antiohos

May 13, 2020

SMALL IS BIG
In today's episode we are joined by Dr. Dennis Antiohos to take stock of the startups and technologies emerging from Australian nanotechnology research, from carbon super capacitors and water splitting electrodes to smart surfaces and geo-textiles.

As well as delving into his expertise in materials science and electrode design, we'll hear about Dennis' career in industry as part of Aquahydrex, a clean-tech startup backed by True North Venture Partners, and more recently with Imagine Intelligent Materials, a pioneer in Australia's emerging graphene industry. 

Jump in to hear a fascinating perspective on the science of scale and the business of scaling. 

GUEST : Dr. Dennis Antiohos
https://www.linkedin.com/in/dennis-antiohos-ph-d-707a5833/

IMAGINE
http://imgne.com/

AQUAHYDREX
https://aquahydrex.com/

EON LABS : 
https://www.eonlabs.org/
https://eonjournal.com/

RENY DIGITAL :
https://renydigital.com/

HOST :
Dr. Leo Stevens
https://www.linkedin.com/in/leostevensinc/

MUSIC :
Purple Planet Music
https://www.purple-planet.com
Mixed by Dr. Nat Harris

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