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Canberra Students Get a Seat at U.S. Ambassador's First Innovation Roundtable

Media Alert


28 July 2014


Canberra students get a seat at U.S. Ambassador’s first Innovation Roundtable

Canberra students will join leaders in global technology, Australian researchers and government officials on Wednesday July 30 for the first Ambassador’s Innovation Roundtable, hosted by Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra.

Over 45 students from three Canberra schools and The Australian National University will attend the U.S. Embassy initiative that brings leading minds from the U.S. and Australian research, private and public sectors together to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the knowledge economy. 

U.S. Ambassador to Australia John Berry will give a keynote address, and Chief Scientist for Australia Ian Chubb, AC is also expected to attend and deliver opening remarks.

Representatives from Google, Microsoft, Intuit, Boeing Australia, Raytheon, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, Seeing Machines, General Electric Australia, Sense-T, BHP Billiton, IBM Research Australia, CSIRO, the Grattan Institute, and The Australian National University will highlight U.S.–Australian innovation success stories, discuss challenges in linking research and development to commercial opportunities, emphasise the importance of STEM education for future success, and explore potential innovation partnerships. 

A programme of panel discussions in the morning will be followed by a special student forum in the afternoon, giving a smaller group of 25 young people a chance to quiz Ambassador Berry and panelists from Google, Boeing, and Microsoft about career pathways and opportunities in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in our two countries.

It is hoped that the Canberra event will set the stage for future roundtables across Australia.

Questacon Director, Professor Graham Durant said, “It is a privilege to host this Rountable forum and have some of the world’s most successful companies represented. We hope this forum will generate new collaborations and ideas, and inspire and empower the young people involved to make bold decisions about their careers and future study.”

Time: 8.30 am arrival for 9.00 am programme start

(full agenda schedule attached, note: may be subject to change)

Venue: Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre

King Edward Terrace, Canberra

Date: Wednesday 30 July 2014

RSVP: Media interested in covering the event are asked to register their

attendance with Questacon (contact below)

Media contacts:

U.S. Embassy: Alicia Edwards,; 0409 124 995

Natalee-Jewell Kirby,, 0423 292 623

Questacon: Annie Harris,, 0439 399 912