iPREP WA welcomes support from Hon Bill Marmion, Minister for State Development; Finance; Innovation
iPREP WA is an initiative to support research and industry collaboration and involves interdisciplinary teams of PhD researchers working on a project for 6 weeks with an industry partner.
On Tuesday 19th July the participants came together at Dumas House to celebrate the past 6 weeks and present their ideas and findings to industry representatives, university executives and fellow team members. It was a privilege to have the support from the new Minister for Innovation, Honourable Bill Marmion, who attended the evening and presented the students with their certificates.
The six companies participating in the current round of iPREP were Water Corporation, Department of Health, CBH Group, VROC, Minnovare and Redman Labs. The projects included an environmental assessment of water quality in South-West dams for the Water Corporation, with the team mentor Emma Plant commenting ‘this is an ideal project for the students to work on where they can apply their expertise and get experience in a real working environment, and at the same time, we get the benefit of fresh eyes and research approaches’.
The project team working with the Western Australian Health Translation Network were impressed with the practical outcomes in only 6 weeks – including a new website and 6 new training courses. All three students have been offered part time roles to complete the project, a fantastic outcome for iPREP and for the industry partner.
Another research team helped Minnovare prepare a report to better understand the technical capabilities and commercial potential of current and emerging sensor technologies for use in their key products. Christian Collings, from Minnovare was impressed with the quality of the report and commented ‘The first task for our new engineer is to work through the report and consider the recommendations the students have made.’
At the conclusion of the presentations Minister Marmion expressed his delight about iPREP. ‘This is an exceptional program, linking academia with industry, bringing them together. This is exactly what we need to do to drive innovation in Western Australia.’
Thank you to the PhD researchers and participating industry partners who participated in Round 2 of 2016. If you are in industry and would benefit from having a team of PhD researchers to solve a business problem or to innovate with new ideas and a fresh way of thinking, then contact iPREPWA at [email protected] or visit iPREP WA website The next round is running from the 3rd October- 11th November 2016.