2008 Innovation Review Panel
From AussieInnovation Wiki
The submissions to the Review of the National Innovation System, will be conducted by a panel of experts.
This panel includes world renowned economists; the vice president of technology for the world's largest mining company, BP Billiton; the heads of independent think tanks; entrepreneurs; eight doctorates; and no less than three serving or former CSIRO board members.
The Panel considering the National Innovation System is chaired by:
The Panel also includes:
- Dr Nicholas Gruen
- Prof Mary O'Kane
- Prof Steve Dowrick
- Narelle Kennedy
- Prof Glyn Davis
- Catherine Livingstone
- Dr Megan Clark
- Prof John Foster
- Dr Jim Peacock (ex-officio)
- Patricia Kelly (ex-officio)
Many of the panel members are great advocates for innovation in business, industry and government. Here are some quotes pre-dating their selection to the panel:
"Creativity is at a premium in the knowledge economy of the 21st century; creativity is at the heart of innovation. Innovation in all professions and in all walks of life. The creativity of seeing things differently, and of making new connections. Exploring new frontiers of knowledge and enterprise.
"Creativity occurs at the interface of the known and the unknown, and in the interdisciplinary explorations between the arts and technology and in the art of design, whether architecture or elegant software. Creativity is therefore at the heart of the genesis of new enterprises and new industries - of nation building."
- -- Dr. Terry Cutler
"The world is looking for solutions and technologies. It is an area in which Australia could take a lead with enormous economic rewards. If we are able to make it our knowledge and technologies that are sought out, it would produce an innovation yield the likes of which we have never seen before. But it needs to be articulated at the national leadership level, and there needs to be a greater alertness in government and boardrooms to the power of science." 
- -- Catherine Livingstone
"If I had to crystallise a single piece of intelligence from the Australian Business Foundation's research, it is this: Fundamentally different competitive strategies, based on innovation and knowledge, are vital in the face of an increasingly volatile and globalised business environment.
"A seachange has taken place in the environment facing Australian enterprises, both big and small. It transcends meaningless distinctions between the so-called 'old' and 'new' economies. The new economy is exactly like the old economy – only faster, more interconnected and knowledge-driven." 
- -- Narelle Kennedy
"...although the rest of the world provides a huge source of ideas and technologies, a country like Australia cannot rely on a strategy of passive absorption to maintain strong productivity performance.
In order to benefit from the global public good of world knowledge, countries need to have well trained scientists, a technologically capable workforce and active engagement in cutting edge research.”
- --Steve Dowrick