IMNIS Appoints Expert Advisory Panel

IMNIS, the national mentoring program connecting researchers and industry mentors, has appointed an Expert Advisory Panel of senior business and academic leaders to advise on implementation of the scheme.

IMNIS is an award-winning industry-led mentoring initiative of ATSE which connects PhD students with experienced industry mentors who provide advice and act as role models for industry-based STEM careers.

After successful pilots in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia, IMNIS is rolling out nationally this year. Within the first three months more than one-third of Australian universities have agreed to join the program.

It aims to develop a new generation of industry-aware PhD graduates who, through engagement with industry mentors, expand their knowledge of, and appreciation for, research and development and commercial activities in relevant industries.

The Panel will be chaired by Ms Ronnie Wood, a founding director of IMNIS, who has a career in education and training spanning four decades. Qualified in economics and education, Ms Wood taught mathematics at public and private high schools in Australia, before moving into the corporate training and education.

The Panel members are:

  • Professor Pat Buckley, Dean of Graduate Studies, University of South Australia;
  • Ms Denise Goldsworthy FTSE, an experienced non-executive director and advisor on research, technology and innovation;
  • Professor Ron Johnston FTSE, Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Innovation;
  • Mr Peter Laver AM FTSE, Senior Advisor and former Vice President of ATSE;
  • Professor Mike Miller AO FTSE, former Vice President of ATSE and co-chair of its Digital Futures Working Group;
  • Dr Jenny Petering, leading patent attorney;
  • Dr Tony Radford AO, senior biotech executive and founding director of IMNIS; and
  • Professor Paul Wood FTSE, a senior industry executive and founding director of IMNIS.

ATSE CEO Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE and IMNIS Executive Director Dr Marguerite Evans-Galea will also join the panel.

IMNIS is supported by major partners MTPConnect and AusBiotech, as well as NERA and METS Ignited, CSL and KPMG. More information about the IMNIS initiative and its participating institutions is at www.imnis.org.au .