UniSA accelerates local partnerships

INITIATIVE: Dr Ixchel Brennan, Prof. David Giles, Prof. Peter Murphy, Prof. Emily Hilder, Aged Care CEO Juanita Walker and Palms Apartments Manager Jeff Hardyman.

INITIATIVE: Dr Ixchel Brennan, Prof. David Giles, Prof. Peter Murphy, Prof. Emily Hilder, Aged Care CEO Juanita Walker and Palms Apartments Manager Jeff Hardyman.

The University of South Australia recently demonstrated how they can support local businesses, giving them a rundown on an exciting new initiative.

The Future Industries Accelerator (FIA) aims to give business owners chance to work with the university to solve a problem affecting their organisation.

The program has been funded by the state government to allow industries to engage with the University of South Australia, and its Future Industries Institute.

A workshop was held at the Whyalla Campus on August 1, with local businesses attending to learn more about the program.

Future Industries Institute Director Emily Hilder said the university wanted to encourage businesses to try new things.

“We want to get an exchange of knowledge, skills and ideas across two usually disconnected sectors happening,” she said.

“What excites me is that there are great problem-solvers in the university, and outside the uni you have a lot of exciting and important problems.

“If someone approaches us with a really interesting and relevant problem, then that will influence the way we think about our research.”

Ms Hilder said university researchers were able to form exciting relationships with business owners at the workshop.

“I think the key in a region like this is regular contact, so a number of us will be back in three weeks. We’re aiming to visit to Whyalla regularly.”

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