About the workshop

The free, two-day UniQuest Research Commercialisation Workshop focuses on intellectual property management and industry engagement and is specifically tailored for UQ management and researchers.

Over the past decade, UniQuest has hosted more than 3000 UQ researchers at its workshops, encouraging entrepreneurship and guiding UQ researchers in their approach to commercialisation.

Some researchers may hold a suspicious view of industry and commercialisation, believing the private sector could either compromise academic independence and integrity or at best influence research for private gain. Recently, universities have come to see themselves as agents of social, environmental and economic change, seeking to engage with the broader community to lead and influence both public policy and economic development.

Many UQ academics realise industry engagement, collaboration and commercialisation can achieve academic freedom, peer acknowledgement and recognition while maximising local and global impact. With university budgets coming under increasing pressure, these activities can also become a mechanism to fund research programs to new levels, instead of relying solely on public funding programs.


  • Extraordinary insights

    As a UQ researcher, the workshop will equip you
    to realise the commercial, social and environmental potential of your research.  

    You will gain insights from industry leaders in industry and entrepreneurial academics, and draw from UniQuest’s 30+ years of experience with industry engagement, commercial research, innovation management and commercialisation.

  • Inspired commercialisation

    Through presentations, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions and workshopping, you will explore:

    • The road from invention to market
    • Industry engagement
    • Intellectual property management
    • Research commercialisation models
  • Academic progression

    • Productivity - industry interaction and impact can help fund more postdocs and resources leading to greater research output
    • Publications -  academics engaged with industry and commercialisation typically publish more highly-ranked papers 
    • Profile - industry and public recognition attracts quality staff and students and enhances academic reputation 
    • Progression - universities increasingly promote based on publications, profile, output and impact, including commercialisation outcomes


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UniQuest’s Research Commercialisation Workshop is a full, two-day event featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive Q&A sessions and interactive workshopping.  We'll explore the key themes of:

  • Identifying your opportunity 
  • Intellectual property management
  • Research commercialisation models
  • Industry engagement


The 2019 Research Commercialisation Workshop will be held on Tuesday, 23 July and Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at Customs House, 399 Queen Street, Brisbane. 


Download the 2019 Program 



Registrations for the 2019 Research Commercialisation Workshop are now closed.


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