Melbourne innovators included in Knowledge Nation 100

December 15 / 173

Several University of Melbourne researchers and innovators have been named as part of the Knowledge Nation top 100, published recently in The Australian’s Deal magazine.

Engineering’s Tony Burkitt, MDHS’s Robert Shepherd, RIC’s Doron Ben-Meir, MDHS’s Colin Masters, and Engineering alumna and former Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng.

Elizabeth Blackburn and Peter Doherty received special mentions.

Knowledge Nation 100 is a project of Knowledge Society, an organisation that fosters innovation and transformation in business processes through the application of new knowledge.

The Knowledge Nation 100 were chosen through research conducted by Knowledge Society guided by Australia’s Chief scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, and with senior commentators from The Australian newspaper. 

CEO of the Knowledge Society, Elena Douglas, said the purpose of the Knowledge Nation 100 was to shine a light on the human face of the innovation agenda. 

“We need to change the perception of careers in the sciences, in mathematics, in physics, in big data - our young people need to see start-ups, maths, data coding, analysis as the exciting jobs of the future. Right now people look in the rear view mirror to determine their subject choices. We need to penetrate their imagination and shine a light on alternative horizons.”

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