Inventions must be promoted internationally

Friday 22 Jun 18


Fernanda Strack
Community & Event Manager
Office for Innovation and Sector Services
+45 31 96 48 83

DTU Skylab Global Events

By initiating a series of Global Events, DTU Skylab wants to bring in inspiration from around the globe by focusing on national approaches, frameworks, concepts related to innovation and entrepreneurship.


The new event series aims to inspire and facilitate community participation by connecting industry representatives, researchers and students towards new initiatives and collaboration.


DTU Skylab Global Events will take place quarterly and always with relevant partners from around the globe. For further information and inquiries about partnering up for a Global event, please contact Fernanda Strack at

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Researchers’ competencies to promote inventions play a growing role in the selection of innovation projects.

Support to innovation and research projects are increasingly granted based on their ability to solve concrete problems in society and on the researcher’s competences to promote a product in the international market. This was the message from Craig Roy, Director of the Australian national research agency organization, CSIRO, that visited DTU Skylab this week and paved the way for the first of a series of DTU Skylab Global events. 


DTU and the Australian Embassy hosted the event, which opened with a keynote speech from Craig Roy about CSIRO’s world leader framework program for the planning and measurement of innovation.

CSIROs organisation counts more than 5.000 experts situated at 55 centres, including local and international networks, and is a significant catalyser for innovation in Australia. CSIRO’s researchers are behind, among others, WI-FI inventions and the world’s first vaccine against Hendra which is a deadly virus that affects pets, horses and pigs.

Craig Roy emphasized in his keynote speech that today there is a growing political wish to be able to measure the results that come out of the research investments: it applies both in Australia and in other countries. It is a consequence of a technological development characterized by disruption at a rate we have never seen before.

"We try to maintain our position by finding new ways to strengthen our innovation's impact power."
Craig Roy, Director of the Australian national research agency organization

“It is a condition that we must constantly relate to. We try to maintain our position by finding new ways to strengthen our innovation's impact power. We do this by challenging researchers to find solutions that are demanded by consumers and that can be marketed internationally, partly because we have a process with companies where we find out what are the biggest challenges and disruptions in their industries" said Craig Roy.

Craig Roy estimates that the biggest barrier to research and innovation is the distance that remains between researchers, businesses and venture capital. To solve the problem, CSIRO is working with an accelerator project, where selected research teams, after a difficult separation process, get the opportunity of 12 weeks of targeted innovation, where they work to create a commercially viable product.

The keynote was followed by a panel debate about the existing partnerships, challenges and opportunities in research and development between Australia and Denmark within education, industry and research. The event concluded with a networking BBQ where the Australian embassy courteously provided an array of Australian wine and beers together with a delicious BBQ in the garden outside DTU Skylab. The nice summer weather helped facilitate the lively discussions between researchers and industry representatives from both countries – all in great spirit despite the World Cup match between Australian and Denmark a couple of days later.

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19 FEBRUARY 2019