2017 Symposium Sponsors

The University of Tasmania

The University of Tasmania was the fourth university founded in Australia. Over its 126 year history, it has built on its distinctive island environment and excellent intellectual capacity to solve global challenges, cementing a position within the top 2% of research institutions worldwide*.

The research the University of Tasmania undertakes impacts the future prosperity of society and provides international leadership in five thematic areas: Environment; Resources and Sustainability; Creativity; Culture and Society; Better Health; Marine, Antarctic and Maritime; and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.

Each theme exploits the unique character of Tasmania, addresses and contributes to resolving global challenges, has both intellectual and social impact and contributes to the public policy debates nationally and internationally.

The University of Tasmania acknowledges the strength that its diverse community brings, becoming more than the sum of its parts in its dedication to the stewardship of learning and knowledge, academic freedom, excellence and integrity. By embodying its Statement of Values, the University of Tasmania is committed to creating and supporting gender equity and diversity across the breadth of its disciplines, bringing about cultural change at all levels within the institution, with a specific focus  in addressing gender inequity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016


Monash University 

Monash University is the largest university in Australia, ranked in the world’s top 100 and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. The University takes its name from Sir John Monash and its inspiration from his philosophy “that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community.”

Monash has achieved an enviable international reputation for excellence in research and education, built through a deep and extensive engagement with the world.

Attracting the highest international competitive research income of any Australian university, Monash brings together an integrated network of technology platforms in the areas of biomedicine, science and engineering.

Monash recognises the strength found in the diversity of our people and holds inclusion as a core value. A robust and tangible commitment to diversity and inclusion positions Monash as a leader in this space.

Gender equity has been fundamental to the university’s organisational strategy for more than three decades. Pioneering initiatives to support women’s advancement and foster an inclusive workplace culture have seen Monash recognised as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.


Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU) aims to be a beacon for positive change that redresses inequities, as a proud participant in the SAGE Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. Being the only university in Australia named after a woman, in the spirit of social justice we understand how critical it is to strive towards gender equality and inclusivity.

In 2016, ECU was recognised with a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality. We continue to work towards addressing the barriers for our female and gender diverse staff. This requires the reinvention of working culture and the provision of flexible career pathways that ensure opportunities for everyone.

University leaders have a role to play in supporting the growth of gender diversity in academia, particularly at the post doctorate level and into leadership roles within STEMM where it is needed the most. We all have a duty to ensure that the next generation of innovators reflect Australia’s entire talent pool – equipped to meet the requirements of an ever evolving technological expansion.   This will require a cultural shift and it starts now; ECU is fully committed to the Athena SWAN Charter principles and is actively driving transformation across our student base, our staff and into the communities we were established to serve.



UniSuper is Australia’s dedicated superannuation fund for people working in the higher education and research sector. With more than 400,000 members and around $60 billion in net assets under management, we’re one of Australia’s largest super funds.

UniSuper is also one of Australia’s most awarded super funds, reflecting our ongoing commitment to deliver greater retirement outcomes for our members, by providing them with the best products and services, along with strong investment returns.

We are proud of the contribution the higher education sector makes in Australia and are thrilled to be supporting our university partners at the 2017 SAGE Symposium.


University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is a dynamic and passionate community of forward-thinking people who are determined to explore the unknown, challenge convention and make things happen.

Our emphasis on academic curiosity sets us apart from other universities. We operate more than 130 research and training centres and receive roughly 80 per cent of all research funding to Western Australian universities annually.

We celebrate strong industry partnerships and are placed equal first in Australia for key measures including research intensity and research grants, according to the Good Universities Guide 2016. QS World Rankings has given us its highest rating of 5 Stars+ and we rank in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

At UWA, we help people make the most of the possibilities presented. The University is a community of people with a desire to make the most of their potential and contribute to the world’s advancement. Join us and pursue your ambitions.

University of Wollongong

In just 42 years of independence, the University of Wollongong (UOW) has become a benchmark for Australia’s new generation of universities with the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking UOW among the best 15 modern universities in the world.  The University has a reputation as an enterprising institution with a multi-disciplinary approach to research, a personalised approach to teaching and a clear focus on developing 21st century industries based on technology and innovation.

UOW has a strong international focus and reputation, with close to 6,000 international students studying across its Australian campuses each year. UOW Dubai has been in operation for more than 20 years and in 2015 UOW became the first overseas-based university to enter Hong Kong when it was selected to take custodianship of the Community College of City University Hong Kong (CCCU) and transform CCCU into an international campus.

Our courses and research capacity are geared towards excellence at a global level. We are focused on creating a lasting impact that contributes to the needs of communities and empowers people to achieve their aspirations. UOW is consistently ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world for the quality of its graduates in the 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings.

The achievements of our 131,000+ alumni in close to 150 countries around the world underpin the University’s mission of transforming society for the better.



At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for Australians and the world.

We shape the future by using science to solve real issues. The quality of our research underpins our ability to innovate. We are in the top one per cent in 15 of 22 research fields and with more than 5,000 experts and a burning desire to get things done, we are Australia’s catalyst for innovation and a global force in transforming imagination into reality. For around a century we have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible in science and technology.

Everything we do is focused on creating measurable economic, environmental and social benefits that better our world and Australia’s place in it.

CSIRO is committed to developing and maintaining a culture that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce. We understand that our growing diversity and inclusive culture supports the excellence of our science, our impact for the nation and our future vibrancy.

CSIRO. We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate.


L’Oréal Australia

L’Oréal Australia is part of the L’Oréal Group. L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 105 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.84 billion euros in 2016 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world’s leading Beauty Company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail and branded retail.

L’Oréal Australia has 26 brands available across all channels nationwide. The business employs almost 900 people who work in all states and territories.


ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Engineered Quantum Systems (EQUS) unites leading researchers from five Australian universities in building quantum machines that harness the full spectrum of quantum physics. EQUS researchers are engaged with industry, including Australian SMEs, to develop quantum technologies with social impact and train a new generation of quantum engineers.

 Apis Group

Apis is a professional services firm offering advisory services and solutions in delivery management, business and digital design, procurement and program evaluation and review. We are a firm of practitioners, known for shaping and solving major initiatives, together with our government clients.

Supporting the local community is a fundamental part of Apis’ business. Apis undertakes these tasks in order to give back to the community in which our staff live and work in. We also support national and international causes in addition to what is happening in our community.


Defence Science Technology Group

DST Group is the Australian government’s lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests.

As one of Australia’s largest employers of scientists and engineers, DST delivers expert, impartial advice and innovative solutions for Defence and national security.

DST’s vision is to be a world leader in defence science and technology – indispensable in transforming the Australian Defence Force and Australia’s national security.

Headed by the Chief Defence Scientist, DST has an annual budget of approximately $408 million and employs approximately 2300 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians. DST has a presence in nearly every state and territory in Australia. DST’s national headquarters is in Canberra, and there are research facilities in Melbourne, Edinburgh (in the northern suburbs of Adelaide), Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, HMAS Stirling at Rockingham (near Perth), Scottsdale in Tasmania, and Innisfail in northern Queensland.

DST works closely with industry, universities and the scientific community to enhance its combined ability to support Australia’s defence and national security capabilities and to contribute to national wealth.


National Computational Infrastructure (NCI)

NCI is the nation’s most highly integrated high-performance research computing environment, providing world-class services to government, industry, and researchers. We are committed to delivering on national priorities and research excellence, and are driven by our primary objective of raising the ambition, impact and outcomes of Australian research.

Based at The Australian National University, NCI is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s fastest supercomputer, its highest performance research cloud, its fastest filesystems and Australia’s largest research data repository—all supported by an expert team of nationally and internationally recognised staff.

Our combination of infrastructure and expertise enables high-impact research and innovation that otherwise would be impossible to undertake. It also delivers outcomes that inform public policy, and supports an internationally competitive research environment that attracts and retains world-class researchers for Australia.

NCI is supported by the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), with operational funding provided through a formal collaboration incorporating CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, The Australian National University, Geoscience Australia, the Australian Research Council, and a number of research intensive universities and medical research institutes.


South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)

SAHMRI is South Australia’s first independent, flagship health and medical research institute. We’re home to more than 600 researchers, all working together to tackle the biggest health challenges we face in society today. Our research takes place across seven key themes. These are dedicated groups of researchers focusing on specific areas, for example Mind & Brain, Cancer and Aboriginal Health.

These themes all intersect with each other. Discoveries made in the Nutrition theme can be shared with the Heart Health theme. New findings made by Infection and Immunity can be immediately relevant for Healthy Mothers, Babies & Children. This collaborative approach is incredibly powerful, and is at the heart of everything we do at SAHMRI.

We work together with South Australia’s three universities and the local health system. As the focal point for the State’s medical research, we can translate groundbreaking discoveries into real world outcomes.

SAHMRI has already, and continues to attract some of the world’s brightest and best researchers to answer the biggest questions in health. It’s all about improving peoples’ quality of life, not only here in South Australia, but around the country and the whole world.


Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is a world-class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation. We are dedicated to producing outstanding research that is relevant, has impact and is internationally recognised.

Our institution was founded in 1908 on the premise our work would be shaped by industry and community needs. This practical, responsive perspective continues to characterise our approach to research and education today. Our academic rankings reflect the depth of our expertise in teaching and research, both nationally and internationally.
Swinburne is an inclusive university characterised by high-quality, career-oriented education and strong engagement with industry and the community. We have three Melbourne-based campuses – Hawthorn, Wantirna, Croydon – a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, and flexible online learning options.
Our students graduate with an entrepreneurial, enterprising mindset, confident and ready to take on their future.

Swinburne has long been a champion of gender equality. As an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality since 2009, we are proud to be one of 40 institutions in the SAGE pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia. We firmly believe that to create a fair and equitable workplace, all genders need to enjoy the same opportunities, support, outcomes and rights.


The George Institute for Global Health

The George Institute for Global Health is improving the lives of millions of people worldwide through innovative health research. Working across a broad health landscape, the Institute conducts clinical, population and health system research aimed at changing health practice and policy worldwide. The Institute has a global network of medical and health experts working together to address the leading causes of death and disability worldwide.

Established in Australia and affiliated with UNSW Sydney, the Institute today also has offices in China, India and the United Kingdom, and is also affiliated with Peking University Health Science Centre, the University of Hyderabad and the University of Oxford. The Institute’s research has resulted in changes to medical guidelines and ways of thinking about some of the most common medical treatments around the world.


University of South Australia

The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.


Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO)

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is one of Australia’s largest public research organisations. The Federal Government has entrusted ANSTO with ownership and operation of over $1 billion worth of our country’s landmark and national research infrastructure.

This includes the Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) multi-purpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Centre for Accelerator Science (CAS), the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering (ACNS) and the National Deuteration Facility.

More than 500 scientists, engineers and technicians work at ANSTO to answer significant questions relating to the environmental, human health, the nuclear fuel cycle and industry using nuclear techniques. On average, ANSTO accommodates approximately 5000 national and international researchers and industry researchers each year.