Repurposing Ideas for Radical Innovation

Presented by ANU College of Science

Could filmmakers shed new light on cancer research? Could gamers help architects create better cities? Could inline skaters improve safety on construction sites?
There’s great power in bringing people together from different fields to tackle the world’s trickiest problems.
How do we peer over the fence to learn the best lessons from other industries? How do we find the right fence to peer over in the first place? And how do we talk about repurposing without ending up at cross-purposes?
Join some of Australia’s foremost creative thinkers and entrepreneurs as they explore the power of repurposing ideas for radical innovation.

Dr David Court is the Founder of Compton School, Australia’s first business school for creative people. He is also Chairman of Screen Canberra and a Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. David was formerly Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School where he developed Australia’s first screen business qualification. David has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including John Weiley’s Antarctica, Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Dean Cavell’s The Wiggles Movie, Jerzy Domaradski’s Lilian’s Story, Robert Connolly’s The Bank and Andrew Horne's The Animated Leunig. David was founding editor of the highly regarded industry newsletter Entertainment Business Review. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was the policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation, established by the Australian Government in 1988. The FFC invested more than $1 billion in Australian film and television productions during the next 20 years. In 2010, with Sir Peter Jackson, David undertook a review of the New Zealand Film Commission for the NZ Government. He holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.

Mr Piers Grove is an entrepreneur and producer. He is the co-founder and Chair of EnergyLab and sits on the investment committee of the Early Stage Clean Energy Fund. He serves as a founding director of Climate KIC Australia, a Governor of WWF-Australia and is a co-founder of FutureSuper. He is a Logie-nominated TV producer who works on documentary and comedy projects. He has produced 80+ hours of original content for ABC, Nine, Foxtel and SBS. He also publishes the deadly serious regional newspaper, The Betoota Advocate. Other roles include Deputy Chair of the Australian Republic Movement and director of Gun Control Australia.

Professor Joan Leach (BA Hons, BSc, MA, PhD) is Director of the Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at The Australian National University. She is the Chair of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science at the Australian Academy of Science, and former President of Australian Science Communicators. Her research centres on public engagement with science, medicine and technology and she has been active in the Australian government's recent initiatives toward ‘Inspiring Australia’. She is currently researching the role of popular science in the globalization of science since the 1960s, a project funded by the Australian Research Council. She has published extensively about science communication, including Rhetorical Questions of Health and Medicine, and was editor of the International journal, Social Epistemology. Joan has won numerous academic awards for her research and community engagement, including being a Science Journalism Laureate at Purdue University (USA). While remaining transfixed by science, she advocates for better science communication that critically examines the social impacts of science, technology and biomedicine.

Dr Inger Mewburn is a researcher, specialising in research education since 2006. Prior to this Inger lectured in architecture and worked in architecture offices for around a decade. Inger is currently the Director of Research Training at ANU where she is responsible for co-ordinating, communicating and measuring all the centrally run research training activities and doing research on student experience to inform practice. Aside from editing and contributing to the Thesis Whisperer, Inger writes scholarly papers, books and book chapters about research student experiences.