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Breakfast events to link business and research

The University of the Sunshine Coast and Sunshine Coast Council will stage three industry breakfasts from Tuesday 14 July to Thursday 16 July to help strengthen links between research and business across the region.

Dynamic speakers from the University will outline how their research can assist industry at the free events from 7-9am each day as part of an exciting new initiative of USC’s annual Research Week.

On Tuesday 14 July at The Ginger Factory, Yandina, Professor Mark Brown will discuss turning waste into resources to improve the business bottom line in his talk ‘Logistics, productivity and waste utilisation’.

Dr David Lacey will address retail and business representatives on Wednesday 15 July at the Maroochy Surf Club about keeping data safe online with his presentation ‘Avoiding identity theft in business’.

And Associate Professor Mathew Summers will focus on the future of health industries on the Sunshine Coast and how research can benefit our ageing population with his talk on Thursday 16 July at Suncare Community Services, Maroochydore.

Other prominent USC researchers and Sunshine Coast Council industry and investment facilitators will attend each breakfast event to assist with inquiries and connections.

USC’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Engagement Professor Mike Hefferan said industry and research performed at their best when they worked together.

"Good business decisions are based on evidence and research that is relevant and addresses real issues," he said.

Sunshine Coast Council Councillor Stephen Robinson said businesses could benefit greatly from forming strategic relationships with the university.

"It doesn’t matter what stage a business is at, the chances of success are generally enhanced with a sound research base," he said. "Joining forces with USC in research projects can also lead to new connections and future business."

To register for one or all of the breakfasts, visit and search for ‘Research Week Industry Breakfast’. Each event will be limited to 50 places, with bookings closing on Wednesday 8 July.

— Terry Walsh

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